Calling all train lovers: here’s your chance to ride the first local-made train for free in Manila, Philippines.
To mark the start of operations for its first Hybrid Electric Train, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) is offering free rides on the new train until May 23. The service runs between Alabang Station in Muntinlupa City and Biñan Station in the province of Laguna, except during the nationwide mid-term elections on May 13.
A team of 10 Filipino engineers from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) developed the state-owned train. Here are several features of the train, according to PNR:
- Designed to be energy-efficient: it runs on a combination of diesel fuel and electrical power
- Faster than other PNR trains: it’s currently running at 50 kph, but can go as fast as 80 kph
- Offers a safe and comfortable ride
- Accommodates up to 880 passengers
- Five air-conditioned coaches equipped with automatic sliding doors and CCTV surveillance
- Designed with similar technology that powers hybrid cars
- Employs ‘regenerative braking technology’ that converts kinetic energy to electricity when the train slows down or stops
In July 2018, DOST led demo runs between Dela Rosa and EDSA stations. After seven years of development and 5,000 km of performance testing, train commuters now get to experience this landmark achievement firsthand.
Founded in 1892, PNR built nearly 800 km of railway tracks across Luzon, which over the decades suffered extensive damage during WW-II and from subsequent natural calamities. Currently, the company operates a single line with local services in Metro Manila and the Bicol region. Thanks to the latest addition to its fleet, however, the century-old railway company is back on track with advancing its services.
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