Liza Pertumen takes the PNR train everyday. From Laguna to Muntinlupa, she travels early at dawn to work as a laundry woman. The train ticket costs P20.
Riding the PNR is convenient, she said. It costs way less compared to the P200 fare and there is no traffic.
Liza will be one of the possible passengers of the first Philippine-made hybrid electric train once it officially begins operations.
The hybrid electric train took passengers for a free ride as part of its validation test that will last until May 28. It currently operates from Alabang to Calamba, Laguna station.
According to PNR Spokesperson Joseline Geronimo, in case the trains pass the validation test they will begin its revenue operation. Geronimo also said the hybrid electric train will also help in increasing the number of train sets in PNR.
“Makakadagdag siya sa aming magagamit dahil as of now medyo limited iyong aming number of train sets dahil iyong aming ine-expect na nga brand new trains ay dadating palang before the end of June, (As of now, we have a limited number of train sets so [the hybrid train] will help. Our expected new trains will be arriving before the end of June.)” he said.
The PNR management still hasn’t decided on the fare for the hybrid train.
The first Philippine-made hybrid electric train was made and designed by the engineers of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It has two power sources: battery and generator.
“It has two power sources so [iyong] pagiging hybrid niya nagiging more energy efficient siya and environment friendly kasi nagiging less ang fuel consumption natin and iyong gas emission less din (So its hybrid design is more energy efficient and environment-friendly. It has less fuel consumption and gas emission),” according to Engr. Pablo Acuin, project manager of DOST.
The hybrid train is also composed of five fully air-conditioned freight cars with CCTV. It took five years to make the train which is worth P120 million.
It can run from 60 to 80 kilometers and can accommodate up to 800 passengers per travel.—(with reports from Joan Nano)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The country’s first domestically-made hybrid electric train will soon start operations, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced on Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, the DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) said the first locally-made electric train will begin commercial operations on May 6. Its passengers will get to ride the new train for free for more than two weeks.
“FYI: Starting May 6, passengers will have the chance to ride the Hybrid Electric Train (HET) for free for 19 days,” the DOST PCIEERD said.
The agency, which developed the train, said the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will operate the train on the Alabang-Biñan route.
The train set will be turned over to PNR after completing the 150-hour test which will simulate actual commercial use.
“The Philippine National Railways will have to complete 150 hours (approx. 19 days) run time for the train which will run the Alabang-Biñan route as part of its turn over process,” it said.
The train was designed and built by DOST engineers and local fabricators.
It runs on technology similar to Toyota Prius hybrid cars and has a maximum capacity of 880 passengers.
It is expected to run from 50 to 80 kilometers per hour (kph), faster than current PNR train speed at 40kph.
Train coaches are fully airconditioned and equipped with CCTV system, LED TV sets and automatic sliding doors.
The agency earlier said that maintaining the Filipino-made hybrid electric train will be easier and much cheaper unlike other railway systems in Metro Manila because its spare parts are available locally.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) will soon roll out its first-ever domestically-made train developed by the Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC).
The DOST said the train is a hybrid electric version, powered by a bank of electrical batteries, electric motor and a generator. This is more energy-efficient and environment-friendly than the current PNR trains.
Hybrid electric train also does not require catenary or overhead lines, unlike Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT), as its batteries and generator will power its motors.
The Filipino-built train will tap the kinetic energy normally lost when the train slows down or stops and converts it to electricity.
This version of hybrid train has five coaches measuring 12 meters in length. It has a maximum capacity of 880 passengers and is expected to run from 50 to 80kph, faster than current PNR train speed at 40kph.
It has a total length of 60 meters, similar to the current trains of the PNR to fit the present platforms.
The new rail cars could be the first step toward improving the service of PNR. Currently, it runs only six to seven of its 11 train sets as five others undergo maintenance. The ideal number of working train sets should be 15.
DOST said the hybrid train is expected to be operational in the first or second quarter of 2019 after passing the 5,000 kilometer of testing as well as safety and performance tests.
The train set is due for final evaluation, when it will be operated for 150 hours under conditions simulating actual commercial use. It will be turned over to the PNR in May or June if it passes the evaluation, the DOST said.
The agency believes that maintaining the Filipino-made hybrid electric train will be easier and much cheaper unlike other railway systems in Metro Manila because its spare parts are available locally.
This innovation provides a huge potential in tapping local engineers and fabricators and the necessary boost for the country’s mass transport system.
The DOST initially opted for monorail when the project began under the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III. But in 2014, they shifted focus to develop rolling stock for use on PNR’s existing double tracks.
The project was continued under President Rodrigo Duterte who pledged to promote railways for mass transportation under his administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. – Robie de Guzman
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