- DOTr praised the PNR’s newest locomotive and coaches from Indonesia
- It will increase the passenger capacity of up to 1,250 per set per trip
- It has been 50 years since PNR acquired mainline locomotives
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has unveiled the newest trains of the Philippine National Railways (PNR).
On Facebook, DOTr shared photos of the trains and coaches that were brought from Indonesia. They captioned it with, “You help make the PNR Beautiful.’
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade praised the management of the PNR for their newest acquisition. PNR General Manager Junn Magno joined him as they unveiled the newest Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive and Passenger Coaches from Indonesia.
“Today is a very welcome day indeed. It is a day where Junn Magno and the men and women of PNR are trying to make the scenario and environment a commitment of PNR as a beautiful activity, as a beautiful involvement. Today, you are making the PNR look beautiful by completing the delivery of new trains from INKA,” Secretary Tugade said.
The newest trains consisted of three (3) locomotive and fifteen (15) passenger coaches. They are part of the PNR Management strategy of re-fleeting in 2018. This delivery completes the 37 cars and 3 locomotive procured in 2018.
Magno said with the upgrade they will increase the PNR capacity to carry passengers of up to 1,250 per set per trip. It has a maximum design speed of 120 Kph.
“Itong mga tren na ito ay high capacity, kahit umuulan pwedeng idaan sa kalsada, walang electricals sa ilalim. Makakalusot sa baha. ‘Yung ginagamit kasi namin ngayon, nasa ilalim ‘yung diesel motor na kapag tumaas ang tubig, masisira. Itong bago ay designed para sa 6 inches na tubig, mailulusot sa mga baha ng Metro Manila,” GM Magno assured.
The PNR General Manager welcomed the re-fleeting project since it has been 50 years since PNR acquired mainline locomotives. This is also the first time in more than 40 years that PNR Metro Commuter will be served by a new fleet.