Contract for delivery of new trains for PNR Bicol signed

Contract for delivery of new trains for PNR Bicol signed

The Department of Transportation is making sure that the revival of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul or more popularly known as PNR Bicol gets underway as fast as it can.

PNR just signed a deal for the purchase of new trains from CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive of China.

The contract for the procurement of the standard gauge Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains was signed by PNR General Manager Junn Magno and CRRC Locomotive Vice President Wang Qiaolin, with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan as witnesses.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade looks at a miniature model of new PNR trains from China.
(photo credit to owner)

"This is a very momentous occasion for us because this is where we will start the railway service and transform the Philippine National Railways. This train will represent the first trip for the South Long Haul Project or what we call the PNR Bicol and it would cut down significantly 80 percent of the travel time between Manila and the Bicol region," Magno said.

As per PNR the project consists of three train sets of three-car formations. These train sets, which are set to arrive in the country in June 2021, will be initially deployed for long haul service from Calamba in Laguna to Naga City in Camarines Sur and eventually to Legazpi City in Albay.

The new trains are a first for the country, this would be the first time PNR will have trains sets with three types of accommodation. The DMU trains will feature business class, first-class, and second class accommodations.

The Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains can accommodate 168 passengers with 36 seats for business class, 52 seats for first class, and 80 seats for second class.

“Because of PNR under the leadership of Junn Magno, the retrogression that has happened in the past becomes a progressive effort to recapture the glory that was of PNR. And that is why, Junn Magno and his team, are trying to revive the glorious days of PNR by putting more stations, increasing it as we start from 17 to 35, improve the railway tracks, and

There where a time that the PNR used to cover 479 kilometers of tracks from Manila to Bicol until it stopped operation in 2014 due to right of way issues and lack of trains.

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