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PNR inspects Lucena railway station, ready for transport operations

by Brian Zagala
September 28, 2019



Photo courtesy of PNR Planning Engineer Kim Naniong 



LUCENA CITY - The Philippine National Railways (PNR) had an inspection trip that went through Tutuban, Manila; San Pablo City, Laguna; Lucena City, Quezon; and Sipocot, Naga City and Iriga City in Camarines Sur on September 20 to 23.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on September 24 that the Main Line South (MLS) is now open up to Iriga City and ready to receive the transfer of rolling stock materials between Manila and Bicol.

The inspection team comprised of the PNR Operations Engineering, Rolling Stock Management and Planning conducted the inspection. They left Manila on September 20 and came back September 23.

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The Naga-Tutuban trip took only 12 hours and 44 minutes in total— or three hours faster than the usual Naga-Manila rail trip.

The inspection was in line with the preparation for the reopening of the Sipocot-Naga-Legazpi commuter service. PNR completed the rehabilitation of the 60-year-old Kiha KH59 “Kogane” train which will be used for the trip.

To recall, Lucena railway station was built from wood materials in 1913 and was a major stopping point of the Main Line South (MLS) for PNR intercity services until its closure in 2006 after Typhoon Milenyo damaged the said infrastructure.

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