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.
Since 1999, the Philippine Railway Historical Society has regularly published items, FOR FREE, of railway interest on our PRHS Website. These include locomotive, rollingstock and transit updates, as well as our occasional magazine, 'Along Da Riles'.
Our interest base has grown over the years with our main Facebook railway group expanding to include groups interested in other Philippine Transport, modelling of Philippine transport and even a group for Philippine railfans interested in overseas railways.
If it sounds interesting, come join in the fun of the oldest, and most diverse, group dedicated to Philippine railways and other transport.
We look forward to meeting you.

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Brad Peadon (PRHS)

It occurred to me last week that the 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' had reached another milestone, this time being the PRHS blog ticking over 200,000 views (not including my personal views).

The blog started in 1999, primarily based on the Tripod website platform, and lasted until Tripod decided to make themselves a paid service should you wish to continue.
We are a group that aims to 'freely' share Philippine railway information with the world and grow the hobby. There was no way we were going to go down the paying path, so an alternative needed to be found.

So it was that we came across Blogger (Google), where you are reading this today. We had already surpassed 60,000 viewers on Tripod, a figure (rounded down to 60,000) that we use in our counting to this day.

Our blog site has been the one constant in this endless world of change. While our websites, and our forums especially, have changed. Our blog continues on, sharing information and helping build a community of like minded fans who share a passion for the railways (and other local transport) of the Philippines.
There has been the usual ups and downs over the years, with trouble-making railfans being a worldwide phenomenon. But they come and go, eventually realising that their efforts to destroy others are futile.

The blog did suffer from some disinterest, thanks primarily to the haters in the hobby, between 2012 and 2017, this meaning it has taken just over twenty years to reach this milestone.
However, renewed interest in 2017, saw it relaunched and it now is aimed at being a major part of new heritage and hobby promoting plans currently in the formation stage, as well as a conduit for Philippine transport information.
This revival is in no small part due to my dear friends Arvin, Mark and Reynante, who showed me that there really is good in the hobby.
The hobby is what we make it.

From here the PRHS blog will continue on, expand into new areas and ideas, but will continue on it's prime mission of promoting, and supporting, the 'Philippine National Railways', other Filipino rail operators and taking the hobby to the world.
We will continue to widen what we do and continue to publish items of interest.
If you have any contributions, photographic or otherwise, please do email us.

As part of the aim to build a Philippine hobby, last year we partnered with the local 'Philippine Association of Rail Enthusiasts (PARE)', a locally based group started by Justin Torrejas.
This is a first for the PRHS. we have been involved with many groups over the years, but, until now, have never felt an official partnership was in order.
Justin, like myself, has been the subject of ridicule and attacks in the past. Yet he moved beyond that and set up a local railfan group that promotes the same ideals that the PRHS has always tried to.
I have achieved much since starting out on this journey, but seeing a local group like PARE really justifies all that I have gone through.

In 1999 I was told that I would never start a railfan hobby in the Philippines.
I took it as a challenge :-)
I am pretty proud of what I have done in a country that I never knew until I was 30, and a country that has become my second home.
Mahal kita Pilipinas.

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Pili - Late Renato Perdon Collection

With PNR GM Junn Magno
The man instrumental in the current rebuilding of the nations railways.

Dinner with the 'PH Model Railroaders' group.

Long live the real jeepney.

Mark at my 20th wedding anniversary party.

The late Bill Sullivan, PRHS Vice-President and my greatest source of motivation.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

9009021973U15CBlue/Red5/2020Desco Engineering - Rebuild Ongoing
9061979U14CBlue/Red4/2019Beyond Economical Repair - Caloocan
9111979U14CBlue/Red4/2019Beyond Economical Repair - Caloocan
9131979U14CBlue/Red5/2020Desco Engineering - Rebuild Ongoing
9141979U14CBlue/Red4/2019Await repair - Caloocan
9151979U14CBlue/Red4/2019Await Repair - Caloocan
9161979U14CBlue/RedIn Service
9171991U15COrange4/2020In Service
9181991U15CBlue/Red6/2020In Service (17th sleeper 1428 transfer)
9191991U15CBlue/Red06/2020In Service (16th stripped paint EMU set transfer)
9201991U15CBlue/Red5/2020Beyond Economical Repair - Caloocan
9211991U15CBlue/RedIn Service
9221991U15CBlue/Red6/2020In Service - Manila to Bicol with EMUs P/P 5009
250025351979U10BBlue/RedNon-Operational - Manila
25381979U10BBlue/Gold5/2020Transfered from Naga to Caloocan
25401979U10BBlue6/2020In Service (17th)
500050011992U6BBlue/RedAllocated Naga - In Service
50031992U6BBlue/RedAllocated Naga - Non-Operational
50041992U6BBlue/Red1-5-2020Non-Operational - Manila
50051992U6BBlue/Red1-5-2020Non-Operational - Manila
50061992U6BBlue/Red1-5-2020Non-Operational- Manila
50071992U6BBlue/Red1-5-2020Non-Operational - Manila
50081992U6BBlue/Red1-5-2020Non-Operational - Manila
50091992U6BBlue/Red6/2020In Service - Manila to Bicol with EMUs P/P 922
50101992U6BRed/YellowBeyond Economical Repair, Heavily stripped
6000-TBC2019LM250Orange4/2020Tutuban 1905903-1
7000TBC2019LM250Orange4/2020Tutuban 1905903-2
TBCTBC2020CC300Orange6/2020Testing 21/6/2020 - INKA Indonesia - CC300 20 01
TBC2020CC300Orange6/2020Testing Commenced - INKA Indonesia - CC300 20 02
TBC2020CC300Orange6/2020Testing Commenced - INKA Indonesia - CC300 20 03
Limited services due to Coronavirus.
Thanks: Mark Chua (PNR/PRHS), Aldriene Mabale
Date Column-Date of most recent update (New)
Compiled: Brad Peadon (June 2020)
Philippine Railway Historical Society
Corrections/Additions Are Welcome.

CC300 20 01
Photos: Bagus Widyanto (Posted with permission).
The photos were taken somewhere near Surabaya when the train on its way back to Madiun from a test running session in Bojonegoro and Kalitidu.

Thanks to members of the 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' and 'Philippine Association of Rail Enthusiasts' for help with compiling this listing.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


During efforts to start a preservation movement in the Philippines I started to look into the history of the various types of rollingstock that still survived and that which would warrant saving should the opportunity arrive.
Despite an interest in railways that has spanned over four decades, it was not until I started going to the Philippines that I looked beyond just locomotives and into that which they haul around.

The 'Dormitory Car', so called as it is used as one in Manila's main yard at Tutuban, is one of the more interesting carriages still to be found.
It is the last Metropolitan (United Kingdom) built carriage in the Philippines, as well as the last one with six-wheel bogies.
It appears to have undergone quite a lot of modification over the years and, despite some claims that it is the former 'Presidential Car' ABB-1, is actually quite longer and highly unlikely to have been extended.
While the 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' has a listing of Metropolitan cars in the UK, this covers far earlier than when this carriage was built.
If you know any other information regarding this carriage, or any built by Metropolitan for the Philippines, please contact us via our email address.

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This number, welded on the under-frame, may be the best bet we have for identifying the car.
A great start would be builders records, should any reader be in possession of such.
It looks to be 66-22, though the second number in not entirely clear.

The 'Dormitory Car' is unquestionably a very historic car and very worthy of preserving in the future.
Have you anything you can add to this article?
Corrections - Additions - Updates are all welcome.
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Friday, June 12, 2020

Test Run Of New PNR Locomotives

First video of the new locomotives and rollingstock destined for the 'Philippine National Railways'.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Howdee one and all.
Over the years, I have been somewhat privileged to take part in some interesting events on the
'Philippine National Railways'.

Back in 2009 the South Korean built ROTEM railcars were being delivered. For once I was in he country at the right time and got to witness both the delivery of new sets and take part in some trials that took place on the south line (in Manila).

It was during the later that we were invited to check out the drivers cab of the set we were trialing.
Thought some shots of the, then new, DMU cab may be of interest to our readers. 

Contrary to appearances, I didn't actually drive it.

If you look closely, you can make out the old PNR logo underneath the new one above.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Abad Santos Box

The Abad Santos signalbox is one of three that existed on the railway triangle in Tondo, Manila. Of the three, only this and Solis signalbox are till in existence, with Solis being the only one still reasonably intact.
Back around 2009, there was an effort made to restore the Abad Santos box, however, it has deteriorated badly over the years since.

A look at the Abad Santos Signalbox in 2018.

The 'Manila Railroad Club' mentioned plans to restore the Solis box. But a 2018 inspection did not reveal any work having been done.

A look at the Solis Signalbox in 2018.

The following selection of photos, from the collection of the late Bill Sullivan, show Abad Santos in 2008.
The 14 lever frame is truly magnificent and it is hoped it finds it's way into one of the couple of preservation proposals currently in motion.

You will note the 'Saxby and Farmer Ltd' on the end of the frame.
The company Saxby and Farmer was originally started by John Saxby and John Stinson Farmer, in 1861, to manufacture railway signalling equipment.
In 1920 Westinghouse Brake Co Ltd and Saxby & Farmer Ltd merged. 

Entrance into the lower level of Abad Santos signalbox.

Today, these stairs, and this east facing wall, are now all gone, with the 
roof in partial collapse.

Rear of the signalbox.

West wall of signalbox.

Includes a United Kingdom signalbox built by him.