Welcome one and all to the 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' blogsite. This site was set up to share photos, historical pieces, comment and virtually anything else pertaining to transportation in the Philippines, with a special emphasis on rail. Occasional we vary from topic, but this is the less serious side of the hobby shining through - cause sometimes, in this miserable and uptight world, we just take ourselves a little too seriously.

If you have a question Philippine railway related, just drop us a line, maybe we can help.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The latest update covering the LRT1, LRT2, MRT3 and MRT7 are now available for free on the PRHS website.
Vehicles - Operations - News - Developments

LRT/MRT Update - V4
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Today was the start of a new era for the 'Philippine National Railways' with the surprise unveiling of the first locomotive in the new orange colour scheme.
There has been some talk of a new scheme during both of my two most recent visits, with many theories as to what that would be. However, no theory came close to the striking orange that 917 rolled out in today.
I believe the new locomotive from Indonesia, perhaps the DMU and loco hauled stock a well, will be arriving in this livery It also has me wondering if the paint stripped ROTEM DMU set will be making an appearance in the new livery as well.
We offer a BIG thank you to 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' reporter Mark Chua for bringing us the news, as we as the wonderful shots of her below.

Thanks to Mark Chua and PNR for helping with this news piece.

All above photos taken by Mark Chua.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

Recently, while cataloguing some of the 100,000 photos that make up my mess of an archive, I came across a number of shots from my earliest trips to the Philippines.
The greatest memories are from those taken in 1999, the very first time I visited the country. I still remember arriving there, having no idea of what it was going to be like.
Hobby wise, I only had a couple of notes mentioning Tutuban yard, Paco station and a rumoured workshop that was situated somewhere in Caloocan. I really knew nothing about the railways and, to be honest, never expected it would lead to both starting the 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' (PRHS), or that I would make some truly great friends.

  To this day I wish I took far more photos that trip. Those that I did take, both railway and otherwise, are all now a part of history, a time that has now greatly changed.
Over the next few weeks I shall place these photos up on our blog. Not all will be train related, but then, the PRHS has expanded it's scope well beyond just rail.

  From that very first day at Espana station in 1999, I knew I had found something special there. Two decades, and 12 visits, later and I am still pounding the cameras every time I go there, and still learning new things along the way.

I hope you enjoy this little series showcasing the earliest shots I took there.

916 - The original 908.

2542 was not long for this world. She had hauled her last train and was now awaiting her turn to receive the gas axe.

Still think this is the best livery the LRT1 1G sets ever wore.

RIP 2536

Back in 1999, the original Paco station had already been replaced by this temporary structure just a short distance south. This replacement was nothing near as impressive as the original and would again be replaced by a third 
station half way between the initial two.
The curve where this temporary station is seen, is actually right where the junction was for the former line to Cavite. Very little of this former branch exists today, save for some bridge piers and a station building at the former terminus.
More Photos Coming Soon.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

A PRHS Special Series.

Got a thing for Philippine National Railways freight rollingstock?
It is an area mostly overlooked by railfans worldwide, resulting in very little information often being recorded.
Over the next six months or more, along with the immense help of my good friend Mark Chua, we will be covering freight rollingstock here on the blog, as well as compiling a photographic database of rollingstock existing this century for the PRHS website.
With massive changes coming to the Philippine National Railways in the near future, we felt it was time that this was all covered. You never know when you will blink and it will be gone.

To ensure you don't miss out, you can subscribe via email (see the column at right).
Or become a member of our rapidly growing PRHS Facebook Group.

Brad Peadon & Mark Chua

GC-??? (Formerly FL-261)   Tutuban July 2019 - Mark Chua

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A Video Survey

A look at Plaridel station, loop and siding as of January this year.

Check out this beautiful seaside station in Quezon Province.

For more photos of this area, check out my post HERE.

Philippine Railway Historical Society TV

Monday, July 8, 2019


Fuel tankers, whether in Australia, or the Philippines, hold a fascination for me.
As part of my efforts to photographically record every item of rollingstock in the Philippines since the year 2000, I have caught up with a number of tankers.
All tankers are normally captive in yards nowadays, at the moment these yards being Tutuban, Calamba and Naga. However, recently TF-71 went for a mainline trip, this being covered further down in this posting.

 TF-71 has been a Tutuban resident for as long as I can remember, however July of this year saw her transferred to Calamba.
I suspect I know why this has occurred, but I shall leave it to be revealed in due course.

 TF-76 remains allocated to the Commex shed.
The 'H' on the underframes of 71 and 76 is a leftover from the days of the RIHSPI group that we first set up to preserve rail heritage in the Philippines. While that effort was none to successful, we are currently involved in other heritage ideas being evaluated for the future. 

 The above two sat here at the start of the century, and are still there today.

 TW-75 was allocated to Calamba shed when I dropped by in 2009, but is believed to have been scrapped not long after. The shed itself has since gone on to be rebuilt itself. 

 USA-19440 is allocated to Naga depot, but it is not known if it is still used.
A post Typhoon Reming PNR inventory listing shows it as USA-19440, however it is suspected that it has carried a old TF/TC number that has just disappeared over the years.


Tutuban - Calamba

A few days ago TF-71 managed to break free of her Tutuban yard confinement and take a mainline run south to Calamba, where it has taken up residence in the lovely new locomotive shed there.
Our very own 'PRHS' roving reporter, Mark Chua, was on the scene again and covering this important event. We thank Mark once again for his generously  sharing of this quite historic event.

Above shot taken at Sucat, others on arrival at Calamba.

To finish up we have a few more random shots of tankers at Tutuban. All taken by my friend Mark Chua. Thanks for your continued help mate.