Keeping train rides safe and smooth

Members of the engineering team making the 300m walk from Boon Lay station to reach the maintenance work site. An engineering train used to transport the rails, along with other equipment and materials required for the replacement works, was on site.
The SMRT engineering team cutting through a section of rail to replace it at Boon Lay station yesterday. Rail junctions are replaced when they are worn beyond tolerance or when defects like cracks or chips are found. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Members of the engineering team making the 300m walk from Boon Lay station to reach the maintenance work site. An engineering train used to transport the rails, along with other equipment and materials required for the replacement works, was on site.
Members of the engineering team making the 300m walk from Boon Lay station to reach the maintenance work site. An engineering train used to transport the rails, along with other equipment and materials required for the replacement works, was on site. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Members of the engineering team making the 300m walk from Boon Lay station to reach the maintenance work site. An engineering train used to transport the rails, along with other equipment and materials required for the replacement works, was on site.
The area being prepared for the maintenance work to be done early yesterday morning.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Members of the engineering team making the 300m walk from Boon Lay station to reach the maintenance work site. An engineering train used to transport the rails, along with other equipment and materials required for the replacement works, was on site.
Rail clips being removed by the engineering team to release the section of the rail that will be replaced. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Members of the engineering team making the 300m walk from Boon Lay station to reach the maintenance work site. An engineering train used to transport the rails, along with other equipment and materials required for the replacement works, was on site.
Signalling equipment being removed by the workers to prepare for the switch rail replacement. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

More maintenance work done with shorter weekend operating hours at some stations

Shorter operating hours at selected MRT stations during the weekends have given rail engineers a larger window of time at night to do maintenance and upgrading work.

At Boon Lay MRT station, engineers were able to finish cutting out, removing and replacing a worn-out switch rail during the wee hours of yesterday morning - a task which would normally have taken them three nights to complete.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2018, with the headline 'Keeping train rides safe and smooth'. Print Edition | Subscribe