MANILA, Philippines – Eight new rail cars, composed of two trainsets with four-car formation each, have arrived in Manila, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Monday.
The DOTr said the units are now docked at the port of Manila and are awaiting transfer to the depot of the Philippine National Railways (PNR).
The new trainsets are part of the PNR’s 8100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) included in its 2018 train procurement and refleeting strategy to increase capacity and frequency of trips.
The trains will undergo 150 hours RAMS validation test before it is deployed for commercial operations.
Once fully deployed, it is expected to carry 1,000 passengers per trip and will be used for the Tutuban-Alabang route.
The PNR will have two more DMU, three Locomotive and 15 passenger coaches, and two shunters within the first half of 2020, the DOTr said.