PNR deploys 2 more Indonesian train sets

Published February 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


The Philippine National Railways (PNR) deployed on Thursday two more new train sets from Indonesia to improve its services.

The coaches, which only arrived this February, are composed of new 8100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train cars with a four-car formation and were supplied by the Indonesian rolling stock manufacturer PT Industri Kereta Api (INKA).

This latest addition forms part of PNR’s 2018 train procurement that aims to transform and improve the services of the rail network.

Following the 150 hours of validation test, a send-off ceremony was held to formally utilize the new train sets for commercial operations.

It is expected to carry 1,000 passengers per trip and serve passengers in its assigned route, Tutuban to Alabang. The PNR’s metro line runs from Tutuban in Manila to Los Baños in Laguna.

The arrival of the two new train sets from Indonesia is a testament to the delivery of a promise to continue enhancing the services of the rail network, PNR General Manager Junn Magno reiterated.

The new DMU trains have additional security features such as obstacle door detector to keep passengers from getting caught in between and a tropicalized airconditioning system designed to ideally function in the country’s climate.The trains also feature polycarbonate glass windows to help prevent damages, especially in cases of stone-throwing incidents along the PNR line.

“By the end of 2020, we should have enough capacity to serve the southern and part of the northern corridor,” said Magno.

Last year, the first batch of DMU train sets, composed of six railcars, arrived in the country and started operations on 16 December 2019. PNR purchased a total of 37 railcars expected to be delivered in the country by batches.

PNR will have two more DMU train sets, 3 locomotives and 15 passenger coaches and 2 shunter within the first half of 2020.

Once all these 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.