All onboard! Singapore train enthusiasts welcome new MRT trains on the East-West line

There are some things to be thankful for in Singapore, starting with our efficient public transport system.

On top of being appreciative of our trains and buses, there are also a niche and small group of public transport enthusiasts who hop on every opportunity to check out new trains and buses or cover every new station opening.

In a TikTok video, a fellow train enthusiast Ong Weijian (@@weijian8501u) was one of the people who gathered in the early hours of the morning at Tuas Link station to welcome the first of a fleet of seventh-generation trains that will replace the previous models on the North-South and East-West lines.

@weijian8501u 04062023 | Congratulations upon the debut of Alstom R151 train on East West Line! #smrtsingapore #LTASG #Alstom ♬ Somewhere Only We Know – Gustixa

The train enthusiasts – mostly comprised of young male Singaporeans – had their phones out recording the spanking new train as it pulled up to the station. Cheers can also be heard throughout.

The train – an Alstom Movia R151 – replaces the previous fleet of trains that have been in operation for at least 20 years on the North-South and East-West lines.

On top of trains, Ong is also a fan of buses and regularly documents his bus-spotting adventures on his account.

In 2011, a wholesome news interview with a train enthusiast went viral when Jay Tan, one of the first people on the then-new Circle line said that he was too excited to catch the new train that he couldn’t sleep all night.

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He apparently used up a quarter tank of gas in the five-hour joyride.