PNR unveils new train sets with increased capacity

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2020   •   541

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) officially unveiled on Wednesday its newest train sets that are expected to increase the railway’s capacity.

The train sets were unveiled in a ceremony at the Manila Harbour Center, attended by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and other officials.

The PNR said its latest train sets consist of three locomotive and 15 passenger coaches with a passenger capacity of 1,250 per set per train.

The train sets have a maximum design speed of 120 kilometers per hour and feature a water wading capacity of 18 inches.

The PNR said these trains are part of the management’s strategy of re-fleeting in 2018.

The delivery of the train sets completes the 37 cars and 3 locomotives procured in 2018, it added.

DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).

This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.

MRT, LRT, PNR ops suspended ‘until further notice’ due to Typhoon Ulysses – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday announced that the operations of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), both lines 1 and 2 of Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Philippine National Railways (PNR) are suspended due to the effects of Typhoon Ulysses.

In an advisory, the DOTr said the railway operations will remain suspended “until further notice.”

“We will advise resumption of railway operations once all systems checks are done and cleared,” it added.

Managers of rail lines also reiterated the announcement on their respective social media accounts and advised commuters to continue monitoring their pages for updates.

Ulysses battered Metro Manila and parts of Luzon and Visayas, bringing howling winds and torrential rains that caused widespread flooding and landslide in many areas.

DOTr light rail system suspends operations due to Typhoon Rolly

Maris Federez   •   November 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation has announced the suspension of operations of the country’s light rail system amid the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly.

“In line with the latest severe weather bulletin issued by PAGASA placing Metro Manila under Signal Number 4, please be informed that LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 will suspend their respective operations effective immediately,” the DOTr advisory released on Saturday (Nov. 1) said.

It further notified the public that the PNR is likewise preparing for suspension of operations.

The notice, however, clarified that passengers and employees who are already on trains and stations will be ferried to their destinations.

The latest Pagasa bulletin announced that Metro Manila is under TCWS #4. As such, winds of greater than 171 km/h up to 220 km/h may be expected in at least 12 hours.

Typhoon Rolly is expected to bring very heavy damage to high–risk structures. — /mbmf

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