18 Dec '11, 9am

MRT breakdown: Dislodged rail claws found by SMRT and LTA

Parts of the casing for the third rail as well as the rail itself were damaged between City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut stations on Thursday night. The MRT system has a third rail which is fixed alongside the train track and supplies electricity to passing trains. -- PHOTOS: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY By Maria Almenoar After a night of combing the MRT system, engineers from SMRT and the Land Transport Authority have found 21 damaged third rail claws which secure the rail providing power to the train. When these claws are dislodged, the rails are no longer aligned with collector shoes on trains and as such power to trains is disrupted. The claws have since been secured in place with additional steel brackets and cable ties. Thirteen trains have also been damaged and will be taken out of the system to replace their collector shoes. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powere...

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