PNR trains from Indonesia hold inaugural run

Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) - January 29, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Railways (PNR)’s new trains from Indonesia have started operating at the Metro Commuter Line to provide passengers safer and more convenient rides.

Three diesel hydraulic locomotives with 15 passenger coaches, which are part of the PNR’s re-fleeting project, held its inaugural run yesterday.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade assured the riding public of safe, convenient and comfortable travels.

The trains will serve commuters on the PNR’s Metro Commuter Line, which runs from the Tutuban station in Manila to Los Baños in Laguna.

With the addition of the new trains, the PNR targets to serve a total of 140,000 passengers daily, doubling its existing capacity of 48,000 to 60,000 passengers per day.

The Department of Transportation said the trains have a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour, with high clearance for flooded tracks.

Each train features an interior access to the engine room, the first of its kind for the PNR fleet.

The trains are also equipped with 36,000 kilocalories per hour of air conditioning in each coach that is suitable for tropical countries such as the Philippines.

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