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Hi from Singapore!
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Hi, I'm a railway signalling enthusiast from Singapore, specialising in Metro signalling. Had this interest ever since young, from taking the local Singapore metro, also known as the MRT, for many of my commutes as a young boy until today.

Have keen interest in Singapore MRT's oldest 2 lines - the North South East West Line (NSEWL) network which runs on a UK based signalling system from Westinghouse. We're using Fixed-block ATP signalling principles with Semi-Automatic ATO functionality (door operation and train departure still needs human intervention by button-press). 

This hasn't changed since 1987 when our MRT first came into service. So we're currently undergoing resignalling to Thales SelTrac CBTC which is due to complete by 2018 as part of system renewal.

I managed to get a month long attachment last year, with the local train company SMRT which runs the NSEWL network. Thanks to my mentors there, I was formally introduced to IRSE.

Ever since my attachment, I have obtained a more enriching insight into railway signalling and especially into our resignalling project. We're currently in the transition to CBTC so the signalling scene for NSEWL is very lively now. Lots of learning opportunities from seeing the static and dynamic testing of trains, testing of the CBTC equipment at stations like Zone Controller, Wayside AP/WRU and visiting the OCC to learn more about the ATS functionalities etc.

Am currently in Year 12/JC2 of High School/Junior College. So I don't have any formal engineering background as of yet. Nevertheless, I spend my free time reading up more on this speciality. I hope to learn more on railway signalling from reading more of the exam questions and answers in IRSE Exam Forum.  Smile
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(20-03-2016, 05:16 AM)Ethan777 Wrote: Hi, I'm a railway signalling enthusiast from Singapore, specialising in Metro signalling. Had this interest ever since young, from taking the local Singapore metro, also known as the MRT, for many of my commutes as a young boy until today.

Have keen interest in Singapore MRT's oldest 2 lines - the North South East West Line (NSEWL) network which runs on a UK based signalling system from Westinghouse. We're using Fixed-block ATP signalling principles with Semi-Automatic ATO functionality (door operation and train departure still needs human intervention by button-press). 

This hasn't changed since 1987 when our MRT first came into service. So we're currently undergoing resignalling to Thales SelTrac CBTC which is due to complete by 2018 as part of system renewal.

I managed to get a month long attachment last year, with the local train company SMRT which runs the NSEWL network. Thanks to my mentors there, I was formally introduced to IRSE.

Ever since my attachment, I have obtained a more enriching insight into railway signalling and especially into our resignalling project. We're currently in the transition to CBTC so the signalling scene for NSEWL is very lively now. Lots of learning opportunities from seeing the static and dynamic testing of trains, testing of the CBTC equipment at stations like Zone Controller, Wayside AP/WRU and visiting the OCC to learn more about the ATS functionalities etc.

Am currently in Year 12/JC2 of High School/Junior College. So I don't have any formal engineering background as of yet. Nevertheless, I spend my free time reading up more on this speciality. I hope to learn more on railway signalling from reading more of the exam questions and answers in IRSE Exam Forum.  Smile


Hello Ethan,


Was Alex Goei one of those mentors?  You will find many posts on the Forum from him, mainly regarding module 2 and module 3.   I still remember clearly (but it must be about a decade ago) the personal guided tour of Singapore he gave me- including behind-the-scenes of the various metro lines and also the mechanical signal on the railway from Malaysia in the days when it ran into the central area as well as looking at WW2 sites and other tourist stuff such as the zoo and the jungle.  The technical part of the tour included the Westinghouse ATO over coded track circuits; I now work for the successor company at the site where it was developed- it is a small world!

Welcome- it may be a few years yet before you are ready to take the exams, but it is never too early to start the learning.
PJW
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(20-03-2016, 09:12 AM)PJW Wrote:
(20-03-2016, 05:16 AM)Ethan777 Wrote: Hi, I'm a railway signalling enthusiast from Singapore, specialising in Metro signalling. Had this interest ever since young, from taking the local Singapore metro, also known as the MRT, for many of my commutes as a young boy until today.

Have keen interest in Singapore MRT's oldest 2 lines - the North South East West Line (NSEWL) network which runs on a UK based signalling system from Westinghouse. We're using Fixed-block ATP signalling principles with Semi-Automatic ATO functionality (door operation and train departure still needs human intervention by button-press). 

This hasn't changed since 1987 when our MRT first came into service. So we're currently undergoing resignalling to Thales SelTrac CBTC which is due to complete by 2018 as part of system renewal.

I managed to get a month long attachment last year, with the local train company SMRT which runs the NSEWL network. Thanks to my mentors there, I was formally introduced to IRSE.

Ever since my attachment, I have obtained a more enriching insight into railway signalling and especially into our resignalling project. We're currently in the transition to CBTC so the signalling scene for NSEWL is very lively now. Lots of learning opportunities from seeing the static and dynamic testing of trains, testing of the CBTC equipment at stations like Zone Controller, Wayside AP/WRU and visiting the OCC to learn more about the ATS functionalities etc.

Am currently in Year 12/JC2 of High School/Junior College. So I don't have any formal engineering background as of yet. Nevertheless, I spend my free time reading up more on this speciality. I hope to learn more on railway signalling from reading more of the exam questions and answers in IRSE Exam Forum.  Smile


Hello Ethan,


Was Alex Goei one of those mentors?  You will find many posts on the Forum from him, mainly regarding module 2 and module 3.   I still remember clearly (but it must be about a decade ago) the personal guided tour of Singapore he gave me- including behind-the-scenes of the various metro lines and also the mechanical signal on the railway from Malaysia in the days when it ran into the central area as well as looking at WW2 sites and other tourist stuff such as the zoo and the jungle.  The technical part of the tour included the Westinghouse ATO over coded track circuits; I now work for the successor company at the site where it was developed- it is a small world!

Welcome- it may be a few years yet before you are ready to take the exams, but it is never too early to start the learning.

Nope Alex wasn't. 

Wow nice. Good that they took you to see the Westinghouse system. 

But nevertheless, many things have changed. The Westinghouse system is now much different today. Its Currently plagued with lots of issues and reliability drop these few years due to an ageing system. Our Singapore NSEWL scene is really at its lowest currently with fervent efforts to renew the system. Renewal isn't just bound to signalling btw. So the WS days are now numbered with the implementation of Thales CBTC wef from this year on.

Still unsure on how Thales CBTC will fare though. I personally am not putting so much hopes over the CBTC system until its reliability is proven once commissioned into service. Just hope everything is going well to resignal because the project timelines are pretty tight so i wouldn't want rushed jobs to shortchange CBTC's reliability.
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