2 brand new PNR trains for Alabang-Tutuban route

2 brand new PNR trains for Alabang-Tutuban route



One of the simplest things that can be done to solve the massive traffic juggernaut everyday in our major streets and highways is to make our mass transit modern and efficient.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) just had its new train sets, and it would service the Tutuban-Alabang route.



During the unveiling ceremony at the Tutuban Stationthe sets are new Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) 8100 series train cars purchased from PT Inka, a rolling stock manufacturer owned by the Indonesian government, according to PNR General Manager Junn Magno said.


New Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) 8100 series train cars purchased from PT Inka, a rolling stock manufacturer owned by the Indonesian government.
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The 2 new PNR trains consists of three and four cars each, can carry 250 passengers per car, he said.

As per Magno, the train frequency for the route could remain at once every 20 minutes if the route is extended, or it could be shortened to within 15 minutes along the Tutuban and Sucat route.
“Kung ilalayo namin yung biyahe, 20 minutes pa rin. Pero kung paglalapitin namin, baka umabot dun between Tutuban and Sucat, baka within 15 minutes may bumiyabiyahe na (If we extend the journey, it will still be 20 minutes. But if we make it closer, between Tutuban and Sucat, maybe within 15 minutes),” he said, adding that the train’s arrival frequency would further improve with two more trains to come.


Due to the “common carrier” status of PNR, the PNR General Manager said the first 450 hours of the trains would be free-of-charge to passengers.
“Tatanggap po kami ng pasahero simula Tuesday -- dahil in validation pa siya, libre pa ang pasahe, 450 hours (We will receive passengers by Tuesday -- but because the trains will still be under validation, the fare will be free for the first 450 hours),” he said.
As per Magno, seven train sets were recently purchased using the PNR’s savings and a budget released by Congress in 2018,

these consist of four sets of DMU 8100 series trains, each composed of four train cars, and three sets of Diesel Hydraulic trains composed of five rail cars and one locomotive each.
“Yung tinatawag namin na Diesel Hydraulic, yun yung train na ginagamit namin na lumulusong sa baha. Parating ng around April (The ones we call Diesel Hydraulic, those are the trains that are capable of wading in floods. These will be delivered around April),” he said.
Due to the stone throwing incident that happen a few months back, these trains will be fitted with polycarbonate windows, which are more resistant to damage compared to regular glass windows found in the old PNR trains.

“Polycarbonate na 'to, hindi na to salamin. Katulad nung dalawa naming bago, binabato yun pero hindi naman nababasag (This is polycarbonate, not glass. Just like our other two new trains, they get hit by rocks but they don’t shatter),” he said.








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