2 Brand new PNR trains arrive from Indonesia

2 Brand new PNR trains arrive from Indonesia

Goods news for the Philippine public transport.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is set to deploy its two (2) brand new train sets once it resumes its operations, General Manager Junn Magno announced.

“The trains will be out for commercial service after RAMS Validation and upon resumption of PNR operations,” GM Magno said.
DMU trains from Indonesia
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This, after two (2) new Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains forming part of the 8100 series supplied by the Indonesian rolling stock manufacturer PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA) arrived in the Port of Manila on 28 March 2020.
Currently these brand new trains are parked at the PNR’s Tayuman yard in Manila and are ready for passenger service.

It was last February of this year, the two (2) train sets from Indonesia arrived in the country. The said trains are now serving PNR commuters.

This latest addition of train sets forms part of PNR’s 2018 train procurement by the government that aims to transform and improve the services of the country’s rail network.
Each train set has a capacity of 1,000 passengers per trip, and will serve the PNR’s Metro Line from Tutuban to Alabang.
DMU trains have additional security features such as obstacle door detectors to prevent passengers from getting caught in between doors and a tropicalized air conditioning system designed to ideally function in the country’s climate. The trains also have polycarbonate glass windows which are stronger against damages, especially in the wake of stone-throwing incidents along the PNR line.
As per Department of Transportation (DOTr), all procured new train sets are operational, the PNR targets to serve a total of 140,000 passengers per day — at least double the current capacity of 48,000 to 60,000 passengers daily.

“The PNR is being true to its promise — to provide the riding public a comfortable daily travel. With the latest delivery of two new train sets, this will drastically improve not just the ridership, not just its rolling stock, but also how each passenger would see, and feel when they will be able to ride the new PNR trains,” Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Tugade expressed.

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