PNR deploys 2 new trains to serve Tutuban-Los Baños route


Posted at Feb 20 2020 07:35 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2020 10:20 PM

A staff of the Philippine National Railways checks a train on Thursday at the Tutuban station in Divisoria. ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Thursday deployed two new train sets from Indonesia to ply its Tutuban, Manila to Los Baños, Laguna route.

PNR said the train sets, bought from Indonesia's Industri Kereta Api, are expected to carry 1,000 passengers per trip. 

PNR general manager Junn Magno said the new diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains feature obstacle door detectors and an airconditioning system designed for the country's tropical climate. 

They also feature polycarbonate glass windows to help prevent damage from stone-throwing incidents along the PNR line.

Magno said PNR aims to further boost its rider capacity this year.

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

Last year, the first batch of DMU train sets, composed of six railcars, arrived in the country and started operations in December.

"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," the railway operator said.