Though what happened before SBS or STC were not part of my life, but it’s interesting to know more about it. Now let’s take a look at the Public Transport history before SBS was formed;
1882 to 1894 – Steam Tramway (The Singapore Tramways Company Limited)
1891 – Electric Tramway
1902 – Singapore Electric Tramsway Limited
1925 – Shanghai Electric Construction Company Limited established the Singapore Traction Company (STC) : Trolley Buses
1927 – All Trams were replaced by Trolley Buses
1955 – Hock Lee Bus Riot
1956 – Great STC Strike
1962 – Trolley Buses replaced by Motor Buses
1971 – 10 Chinese bus companies were re-organised into 3 main companies;
- Amalgamated Bus Company (West Route) Formed by Hock Lee Amalgamated Bus Company, Keppel Bus Company, Kg Bahru Bus Service.
- Associated Bus Services (East Route) Formed by Paya Lebar Bus Service, Changi Bus Company, Katong-Bedok Bus Service, Ponggol Bus Service.
- United Bus Company (North) Formed by Tay Koh Yat Bus Company, Green Bus Company, Easy Bus Company.
- Singapore Traction Company (STC) was to maintain its operation in the Town Area.
1973 : STC went burst. Government step in to bring the 3 bus companies together; Singapore Bus Service (SBS) formed.
Singapore Steam Tram around 1880s;
Here is the Steam Tramway Map in Singapore;
Credit : Above 2 from Malcolm of RailSing site
Here is a very good site about Steam and Electric Tramway in Singapore from Malcom.
Electric Tramway in Singapore;
Let’s see some Trolley Buses in the olden times Singapore. See if you can tell the differences between Electric Tram and Trolley Bus?
Trolley Bus along High Street in 1930s;
Trolley Bus Service No.3 plying Outram to Geylang in 1950s (you can see our police in shorts too);
Credit : nk4631
Postcard showing Trolley Bus along Anson Rd at the old Boustead Building (now Fuji Xerox) in the 60s;
So how to tell the Trolley Bus apart from Electric Tram? The differences are;
- Trams have flanged wheels and run on rails or grooved tracks. Trams take electric power from a single overhead wire and the return is from the track.
- Trolley buses have rubber tyres and don’t run on track or rail. They take power from a pair (2) of overhead parallel wire.
This is an interesting old photo – not only showing the 2 types but also take note of the front of the STC bus (there was a turning knob);
Credit : nk4631
Below shows an old STC Bus No. 4 plying Paya Lebar and Finlayson Green probably in the 60s;
Maybe they may be fun and interesting to look at now, but I for sure don’t think I will enjoy the ride at all.