PH National Railway to operate first Philippine made train in March

PH National Railway to operate first Philippine made train in March

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Good news for the riding public, and to the Philippines in general. As we progress as a nation we must keep up with the needs of the general populace.

One of the signs of a progressive economy is a robust and modern transportation system.

One of the oldest and underused mode of transportation is our railways, years of neglect and mismanagement has led to its mediocre performance in making the life easier for the riding public.

That is the thing we want to change, the Philippine National Railways recently announced that it will officially use its first-ever locally-made train developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST).
We are doing away with 100% importation of trains for our public transport system, and this maybe a small step but nonetheless a step towards the correct direction.

DoST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena said the locally made train passed all the required tests and only the result of RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability and safety) is being awaited before the train is allowed to travel along the Tutuban-Alabang route starting on March 1.

“Within the first quarter this year. PNR is just validating the result of RAMS that we conducted September to November last year,” dela Pena told the Manila Times.

DoST Secretary dela Pena , was part of the faculty of UP College Engineering for almost four decades,said he was proud because, unlike the ones used in other countries, the Philippine made train used lithium batteries and not purely on diesel.

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source: The Manila Times