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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.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

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A NEW SECTION OF PERSONAL VIEWS!
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By - The Colonel


RIHSPI taking control of Skyscraper city forums...
As part of the RIHSPI plan to control the railfan movement in the Philippines, it would seem many posts on SSC that are critical of them, or PNR demolishing, and destroying potential heritage assets, are now being delated.

This group supposedly for preservation, seems to heading more towards a type of railfan dictatorship, something rarely seen in preservation circles, and if it does, such schemes, or the people involved, are doomed to failure.

Well meaning individuals have tried to make a difference, however these efforts seem in vain.
If one is to go to the Philippines to research their railways and infrastructure, it would be best to keep a low profile, as quite a few rumours circulate at present about blackbans, unwelcome railfan individuals etc.
How much is genuine PNR, or RIHSPI is a point in question.As it was pointed out, the recent destruction in Caloocan, and elsewhere, under RIHSPI's nose has left even less historical items to perhaps preserve, and enjoyfor future generations.
The end result for this power grabbing, and enforcement, is assets being obliterated, while the struggles to police peoples ideas, and enthusiasm are being consolidated.

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ALL VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS SECTION ARE SOLELY THAT OF THE PERSON WHO WROTE AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESERNT THOSE OF THE 'PHILIPPINE RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY'
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1 comment:

Brad said...

Colonel,
One railfan from the UK if heading there early next year and has already declined me any 'on forum/net' reports until after he has returned.
He can't forsee any hassles visiting the usual places without the permission of the new security company (RIHSPI), but doesn't wish to stir the pot beforehand.
It is so sad that a supposed railfan society has made the country so railfan unfriendly. :-(

I suggested he try Indonesia :-) Sadly his wife is Pinay...