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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pandacan Sojourn


As is so often the case with this blog, the following selection of photos are a result of a request for, well, photos.
This time it was for photographs showing the area around Pandacan.
These are what I have located in the catalogued selection thus far, although I know I have quite a few taken looking down on the bridge from the nearby road. I hope to locate those ones shortly.

Anyway I hope these are of interest.

Opposite Pandacan station in Feb 2007 - Brad Peadon
Demolition work had already commenced as part of the linkage project.

Pandacan station building in Feb 2007

The approach to the bridge from Pandacan station with just a couple of the friendly locals we encountered.

The bridge itself is an interesting old structure which once
opened to allow the passage of boats.

We are unsure when this operation ceased.

Hopefully these photographs were of interest.
If you require photos and information on other areas of the Philippine Railways please feel free to check out




SONA 2008 - The Railfan Parts.

Full SONA report can be found at http://www.gov.ph/sona/sona2008.pdf

Northrail Project
P61.91 Billion
Caloocan, Bulacan,
2011 • Phase 1 Section 1 (Caloocan-Malolos) is 9.67% accomplished with ongoing relocation of project-affected families
• Phase 1 Section 2 (Malolos-Clark) - feasibility study completed

37. Northrail-Southrail
Linkage ProjectP6.79 Billion
Caloocan, Alabang,
Calamba, Laguna
• Phase 1 is 21.43% complete
• Phase 2- Philippine National Railways (PNR) is awaiting funding confirmation from the Export-Import Bank of Korea

38. Light Rail Transit (LRT)
Line 1 North ExtensionP6.32 Billion
Monumento, Caloocan
to North Avenue, Quezon
DOTC, Light Rail Transit
Authority (LRTA)
April 2010 • Notice to proceed for Packages’ A and B was issued on 28 May 2008.
Site inspection and mobilization for the two packages are ongoing.
• Bidding for Package C is being undertaken.

39. Metro Rail Transit (MRT)3 Capacity Expansion
US$67.50 Million
2014 DOTC is looking into the procurement of refurbished light rail vehicles for Phase 1 while proposed Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for Phase 2 is up for NEDA-ICC
A- 8
Project Completion Date Status(As of end-May 2008 or as stated)

40. MRT 7
US$1.24 BillionNorth Ave. to Tala Exit,
DOTC, DOF, and NEDA are discussing the project’s Business Plan. The project is targeted to be completed by 2013.

41. LRT Line 2 Phase 2 (Line
2 East Extension to
Masinag)P10.32 Billion
Santolan LRT 2-Masinag,
Timeline to be determined LRTA is updating the project’s 2001 feasibility study and drafting the terms of reference for the procurement of the consulting services for the design/build scheme.

42. LRT Line 1 South
Extension Project
P36.20 Billion
Pasay City, Manila to
Bacoor, Cavite
June 2012
Proposals for the project’s implementation scheme are currently being evaluated by the newly created Project Review Team composed of the DOTC, LRTA, and the Provincial Government of Cavite.

43. Southrail Project Phase
P15.31 Billion
Calamba, Laguna to Lucena
City, Quezon
While funding for the project is still being sourced, the President approved P1.55 Billion for the limited reconstruction of the railway to enable the resumption of train services to Bicol.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Adobo Downunder - Come Join Us!


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For anyone who seriously loves the Philippines - but likes to have some fun as well!

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We look forward to chatting with you!

Tayuman/Tutuban Photo Essay 2007 (Pt3)

*** Tayuman/Tutuban Photo Essay 2007 ***

OK, I have yet again been slack in my duties to update this forum, especially the long promised continuing on the 'Tutuban/Tayuman Photo Essay'.
Seems now days I am getting to the age where funerals are becoming more common than time spent on my beloved Philippine railways. Indeed, that awful work thing also seems to distract me from life's more important duties as well.
Well you need not fret no more my friends, because here is yet another installment in the series, with a fourth one to come soonish.



1- Tutuban station building and PNR headquarters
2- Shed of unknown use. Had carriages stored and was somewhat flooded in 2006
3- Large shed of unknown use. Its on railway land so was likely once used for rail freight purposes.
4- Rakes of stored freight wagons.
5- Squatters on PNR land.
6- Former turntable, now a rather large ands green swimming pool.
7- Station platforms
8- South end of carriage sheds.

Above is two views of 917 outside the Tayuman loco shed. We plan to cover the shed in more detail during future installments.

Something different to model.
The Tayuman yard GUARD GOAT protects a bogie from would be thieves
wishing to get some scrap money.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Welcome To Sad News Day!

Oh well, it seems the inevitable has come.
When will the Philippine people be able to enjoy the transport service they deserve without all the rubbish that any major project seems to attract there.