Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the class assignment and send-off for the two brand new train sets in a ceremony at the Philippine National Railways (PNR) – Tutuban Station in Manila today, February 20, 2020.
According to PNR General Manager Junn Magno, the two new 8100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) sets consist of eight new rail cars which will have a four-car formation per set.
Upon full deployment, the new trains can carry 1,000 passengers per trip and as stated, the DMUs will be mobilized for the Tutuban-Alabang route.
The arrival of these DMUs will complement PNR’s existing fleet and forms
part of the agency’s modernization that is being undertaken under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
The PNR will have two more DMUs, three locomotives and 15 passenger coaches, and two shunter units within the first half of 2020.
Also present are DOTr Usec. for Finance Garry De Guzman, PRI Executive Director Usec. Anneli Lontoc, Usec. for Aviation and Airports Manuel Tamayo, Asec. for Railways and Mindanao Project Eymard Eje, Asec. for Special Concerns Manny Gonzales, and PNR Chairman of the Board Roberto Lastimoso. DOTR