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Mass Rapid Transport in Singapore

The NEL, or the North East Line, is said to be the world's first fully automated underground driverless mass rapid transit line. Although to be fair, the technology for driverless trains has been around for decades. However other administrations choose to keep the human drivers around for a couple of reasons. One reason is employee groups, whether organized unions or not, do not view it all that positively. The other is that if such a line (even for a short section) is above ground, there is always a slight chance that some foreign object makes its way on the track and therefore becomes a derailment hazard. A driver is expected in such cases to engage the emergency brakes full on. The NEL being the first fully underground line, could afford to finally make the driver redundant.

 

This section of rusty rail is not part of the metro rail network.

Mass Rapid Transport in Singapore

The NEL, or the North East Line, is said to be the world's first fully automated underground driverless mass rapid transit line. Although to be fair, the technology for driverless trains has been around for decades. However other administrations choose to keep the human drivers around for a couple of reasons. One reason is employee groups, whether organized unions or not, do not view it all that positively. The other is that if such a line (even for a short section) is above ground, there is always a slight chance that some foreign object makes its way on the track and therefore becomes a derailment hazard. A driver is expected in such cases to engage the emergency brakes full on. The NEL being the first fully underground line, could afford to finally make the driver redundant.

 

This section of rusty rail is not part of the metro rail network.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Aug 2019, 01:11
Close to a set of points.

I am not accustomed to thinking of rest and Singapore as related in any way, Ayush, but your last paragraph sorted me out.

I love this picture.
Ayush Basu: I appreciated the opportunity to get down on these unused tracks, close enough to look at the rusted bolts and chunky fittings, Ray.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Aug 2019, 06:07
I don't think a train has been here for some time Ayush..
Ayush Basu: This particular line has not seen any rolling stock for several years now, Chris.
I wonder what passengers would think of a driverless train Ayush?
Ayush Basu: How would they know? They are glued to their handheld devices, Billgrin
  • Anne
  • 11 Aug 2019, 11:01
Great textures!
Ayush Basu: Yes, I liked them too, Anne.
We have a driverless train in London called the Docklands Light Railway, there is a short video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5YygWz4TP8 Nice picture BTW, I like the rusty rails.
Ayush Basu: This particular line has not seen any rolling stock for several years now, Brian.
What a great image - love that rust!
Ayush Basu: Yes, I was happy to be able to get down there, Elizabeth.
I guess it would cut out human error, Ayush, but I don't know if I would board one without a driver. Excellent shot of the rusted tracks.
Ayush Basu: These are metro commuter trains, Beverly. It is a different matter for the long distance trains that are above ground and not entirely fenced off.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Aug 2019, 00:31
I am not a fan of a driveler-less anything!

For example I am not a fan of an automatic car, I prefer my manual car where I am in control of what it does.

My hubbies latest car is fully automatic. Partly the way he uses the car and the way the car is 'NOT' reactive in some circumstances scare the life out of me!!!

I am often automatically pressing the non existent brakes in the passenger seat!!!
Ayush Basu: I do concede that safety is the first and foremost issue. Not all problems surface during testing and development, CP.
Any driverless transportation is still scary to me, Ayush, but what do I know. I do like your close-up of these rusty tracks, almost as scary.
Ayush Basu: I think it is not yet the case for mainline trains, Ginnie, only the metro commuter trains.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Aug 2019, 07:00
I love this kind of pictures, Ayush. I see that they have enough space in between the rail for expansion... wonderful point of view.
Ayush Basu: I read somewhere about CWR or continuous welded rails being used in most places nowadays, Astrid. And indeed this section of the rail is one of the oldest in Singapore.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Aug 2019, 10:01
A lot of noise has been made over full automation the last two years and it seems to have died down. We will see what the future brings. Automation, backwards and forwards on the same line seems doable.

Excellent picture of these rusty rails.
Ayush Basu: I think automation is indeed good in the case of metro trains, Louis. For long distance or intercity trains, it is perhaps still good to at least have the train driver around.
yes, i can see a driver being needed... i like this picture of switching rails, Ayush
Ayush Basu: As long as they do not get into a pile up, I am satisfied, Elaine.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Aug 2019, 21:10
That's interesting about the drive-less trains. Both London and Vancouver have driver-less systems and they are partly above ground. London's Northerm Line (all underground) have full automated trains but still retain the driver! They are automated ti increase the frequency of the service; it would be slower with driver-operated trains.
Ayush Basu: The problem with metro trains especially the ones serving commuter lines in the rush hours, is that they simply cannot afford to be delayed even by seconds, because in no time it all adds up to the point and that successive trains are already waiting outside the station, Alan.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 13 Aug 2019, 16:19
an exceptional display of rust and patina

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