Bombardier Movia C951/C951A

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Bombardier Movia C951
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A C951 train.
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Interior view in the front driving car in C951 train.
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Interior view in the motor car in C951 train.
In service22 December 2013; 5 years ago (2013-12-22) – Present
ManufacturerChangchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles
(Bombardier Transportation and CNR Changchun)[1]
Built atChangchun, China
Family nameMovia
Constructed2012 – 2017
Entered service2013
Number built276 vehicles (92 sets)[2][3]
Number in service276 vehicles (92 sets)
Formation3 per trainset
Fleet numbers9001 – 9092
Capacity931 Passengers
Operator(s)SBS Transit DTL
Depot(s)Gali Batu
Tai Seng
East Coast (Future)
Line(s) served DTL  Downtown line
Car body constructionWelded aluminium
Train length70.1 m (229 ft 11 78 in)
Car length23.37 m (76 ft 8 18 in)
Width3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
Height3.68 m (12 ft 78 in)
Doors1,450 mm (57 116 in), 8 per car
Maximum speed90 km/h (56 mph) (Design)
80 km/h (50 mph) (Service)
Weight38.3 t (37.7 long tons; 42.2 short tons) per car
Traction systemIGBTVVVF
(Bombardier MITRAC 1000)
Traction motorsTotally enclosed fan cooled Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (Bombardier DR1200)
Acceleration1.1 m/s2 (3.6 ft/s2)
Deceleration1.1 m/s2 (3.6 ft/s2) (Normal Braking)
1.4 m/s2 (4.6 ft/s2) (Emergency Braking)
Electric system(s)750 V DC third rail
Current collection methodCollector shoe
Braking system(s)Regenerative Braking, Resistor Braking, Air Brakes
(by Knorr Bremse Germany)
Safety system(s)Siemens Trainguard Sirius Moving Block CBTC ATC with subsystems of ATO GOA 4 (UTO), ATP, Controlguide Rail 9000 ATS, Trackguard Westrace MK2 CBI
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Bombardier Movia C951 is a type of medium-capacity train built for Singapore’s Downtown line. The contract was won by Bombardier Transportation[4] and the rolling stock was built by Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles (joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and CNR Changchun) [1][5][6] Initially, the authorities has ordered 73 trains,[6] although LTA had ordered an additional 15 trains[6] and a final 4 more trains under C951A which makes a total of 92 trainsets were manufactured under C951.[3]


73 trainsets consisting of three cars each were purchased at a cost of approximately S$570.7 million for passenger service.[7] Bombardier beat Alstom, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hyundai Rotem in the tendering process as the lowest cost offered.[8][9] The tender for trains under the contract turnkey 951 was closed on June 2008, and awarded in November 2008.

Land Transport Authority later placed an additional order of 15 trainsets[10] in 2013 at an approximate value of $119.2 million.[11] LTA had increased the variation order from 15 to 19,[3] therefore bringing the total trainsets to 92. A partial number of the total fleet operates on the Stage 1 of Downtown Line since 22 December 2013. All 92 trains had completed their manufacturing in Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles factory, with some of them awaiting for their delivery into Singapore by mid-2017.[3]


These trains were delivered until 2017. They are currently stabled at Gali Batu Depot, Kim Chuan Depot, Tai Seng Facility Building and the future East Coast Integrated Depot.

On 12 October 2012, the first of 11 trains for the Downtown Line Stage 1 arrived at Jurong Port and transported to Kim Chuan Depot to undergo testing by LTA before it is handed over to SBS Transit.[12]

By 28 February 2013, Bombardier had delivered nine of the 11 trains for Downtown Line Stage 1.[11] LTA together with the operator, SBS Transit conducted the necessary tests to ensure safety standards, functional performance and systems compatibility requirements are met before revenue service of the DTL1 which began on 22 December 2013.[13]



The C951 trains include several features that were not seen in existing trains.[14]

New features include:

  • an ergonomic seat profile;
  • red reserved seats, which allows for clearer separation between normal and reserved seats;
  • perch seats, replacing the two-seaters at the ends of the car;
  • hand grips utilising joints instead of straps, providing commuters a steadier grip;

The train will also retain existing features like having two rows of poles and hand grips, and vertical poles which split into three at the center.

Dynamic Route Map Display[edit]

The Dynamic Route Map Display (DRMD) is a rail travel information system, newly introduced and developed for the C951 trains. The dynamic route map display panels provide commuters with their journey status updates and route information. It also indicates which side the doors will open on. The Alstom Metropolis C830C and the Alstom Metropolis C751C feature the same DRMD.[15]

Platform Gap Width Reduction (PGWR)[edit]

The train doors have a frangible gap made of rubber that protrudes out. The platform-train gap will then be reduced from 75 to 40 mm, preventing passenger accidents due to the platform gap.[15]

LCD Displays[edit]

C951 trains are also equipped with LCD Displays at each carriage, with a total of 18 LCD Displays on each train. They show advertisements, movie trailers and informercials related to the Downtown Line.

Train formation[edit]

The configuration of a C951 trainset in revenue service is DM1-T-DM2, permanently coupled. D stands for ″driver's desk", M for "motor″ and T for ″trailer″.

Cars of C951
Motor Collector
car length
m ft in
DM 23.65 77 ft 7 in
T 22.80 74 ft 10 in

The trainset numbers range from 9001 to 9092. The numbers are extended by one digit to denote individual cars. For example, trainset 9003 consists of cars 90031 (DM1), 90032 (T), and 90033 (DM2).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sim, Royston (18 November 2013). "Building a Downtown Line Train" (PDF). Straits Times. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Final Downtown Line train completed". Railway Gazette. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Bombardier MOVIA C951 - SGTrains Wiki
  4. ^ "Tender Information". 28 February 2010. Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Barrow, Keith (28 March 2013). "More trains ordered for Singapore Downtown Line". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Chow, Jeremy (28 March 2013). "LTA orders 15 more trains for Downtown Line to reduce peak hour waiting time". Straits Times. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  7. ^ Bombardier Receives Contract from Land Transport Authority of Singapore for 219 Driverless Metro Cars Valued at Approximately 298 Million Euros
  8. ^ Downtown train deal goes to Bombardier, Christopher Tan, The Straits Times, 8 November 2008
  9. ^ "Downtown train deal goes to Bombardier". AsiaOne. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  10. ^ Bombardier to Deliver Additional Trains for Singapore Downtown Line - Bombardier, 28 March 2013
  11. ^ a b "Shorter Waiting Time With 15 More Trains For Downtown Line". Land Transport Authority. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  12. ^ "First Downtown Line train lands in Singapore". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Land Transport Masterplan: Downtown Line Stage 1 to open on Dec 22". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  14. ^ Arrival Of Downtown Line Train Mock-Up Archived 3 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b "Bombardier MOVIA C951/C951A". SGTrains.

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