In the quiet darkness just before dawn, Mandai Depot glows brightly – illuminating the surrounding swathes of secondary rainforest. The silhouette of a lone Assistant Station Manager comes into view, manually opening the sliding door of the shiny train on the platform.
After going through a battery of pre-movement checks and tests, the first train of the day is ready to make its maiden journey on the newly-opened Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 (TEL2) to Springleaf, Lentor, Mayflower, Bright Hill, Upper Thomson and Caldecott stations.
Capturing this rare behind-the-scenes footage were a few members of the Friends of Land Transport (FOLT) programme that brings together individuals who share a fondness for our land transport system, and regularly contribute ideas to improve it.
The video was a way to shine a spotlight on the work that goes into preparing for the opening of new MRT stations.
“It's not something that just anyone can see on a daily basis. We were very excited to document all the action that happens before first light for the public,” shared Matthew Ng, the director behind this video.