Thursday, May 21, 2009

Singapore's newest Issue

Here is an update on the Singapore Philatelic scene.

On 28th May 2009, SingPost will issue a set of four commemorative circular stamps to mark the opening of the first phrase of SMRT's (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit) 33.3km Circle line.

With the opening of this 5km five stations segment stretching from Bartley to Marymount, SMRT has 70 stations with 118.9km of lines. When fully launched sometime in 2010, the new Central Circle Line costing S$6.7 billion, will add another 24 stations and 28km of lines connecting all the radial lines leading in and out of the city.

These stamps are must-have collectibles to mark this significant milestone in Singapore's rail transport development. The 4 lovely circular stamps depict the Circle Line system against the Singapore map (1st Local; 26cents), a new Circle Line station in the underground system (80cents), the new three-car Circle Line train ($1.10), and the new Circle Line Operation Control Centre situated in Kim Chuan Depot - the world's largest underground depot for trains ($2).

This is not the first time SingPost is issuing postage stamps on SMRT. Previously, the postal administration had issued 3 beautiful stamps to commemorate the first major line in 1988, and on 7th july 2003, it released a set of 3 stamps and a souvenir sheet to mark the start of the North-East line.

First Major Line Series, 1988

North-East Line Series, 2003 / Souvenir sheet (below)

Map of current network

A typical SMRT train

Interior of SMRT train

General Ticketing Machines

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