After 50 years! PNR unveils its brand new Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive And Passenger Coaches

After 50 years! PNR unveils its brand new Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive And Passenger Coaches


A long awaited modernization of a vital mode of public transport, 50 years since Philippine National Railways (PNR) acquired mainline locomotives and this is the first time in more than 40 years that PNR Metro Commuter will be served by a new fleet.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR), led by General Manager Junn Magno, as it officially unveils its newest Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive and Passenger Coaches from Indonesia last, 23 December 2020.

“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,”Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade praised the PNR.

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The newest trains, consisting of three (3) locomotive and fifteen (15) passenger coaches, are part of the PNR Management strategy of re-fleeting in 2018. This delivery completes the 37 cars and 3 locomotive procured in 2018.

GM Magno said this re-fleeting project will increase PNR capacity to carry passengers with crushing capacity of 1,250 per set per trip. It has a maximum design speed of 120 Kph.

The new diesel hydraulic locomotive has a water wading capacity of 18 inches.

“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.


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