PNR purchases 7 new train units from Indonesia

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) has signed contracts with Indonesian government-owned company PT Industri Kereta Api (PT Inka) for the acquisition of 4 diesel multiple unit (DMU) train units and 3 diesel hydraulic locomotive (DHL) train units.

“Mula sa kasalukuyang 42,000 capacity, magiging mahigit 100,000 na pasahero ang maseserbisyuhan ng PNR dahil dito,” the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

DOTr said delivery of train units is expected to start early 2020. “Magsisimula ang delivery ng mga bagong tren sa Enero 2020,” DOTr said.

“We wish the PNR to have a new image, a new look. We want to think of it as the beginning of a great revival of the Philippine rail service,” PNR General Manager Jun Magno said.

The budget to procure new train sets was sourced from the General Appropriations Act of 2018.

PNR Legal Division OIC Celeste Lauta said the DHL with its five coaches can carry 1,330 passengers per trip and can wade flood water up to 20 inches from top of the rail as solution to rail service disruption during rainy days and typhoons. With Contract price of PHP1.306 billion.

The DMU set which has a four-car system can accommodate 1,090 passengers. With contract price of P1.071 billion.

It can be recalled that in January the PNR also signed a PHP485-million contract with PT Industri Kereta Api for 2 DMU trains, funded from the 2015 DOTr-GAA funds. These 2 DMU trains are expected to be delivered third quarter of 2019 for commissioning and testing.