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.

Sunday, July 31, 2022



San Pablo: Opened 1911

The following photos, taken back in 2009, show the San Pablo railway station in Laguna.

Since this time, the station has undergone a total rebuild, a video of which is available


San Pablo station recently saw the reintroduction of train services, with the new Quezon Commuter operating between here and Lucena four times a day.

Departures for Lucena.
There are currently no services between San Pablo and Manila.

Despite appearances, there is a loop track for running around locomotives on the Quezon Commuter.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Rare luggage trolley. No idea what has become of it now.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Suspect this is the dunny. (CR in the Philippines).
Photo: Brad Peadon

The old station had become a storage area for trikes.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Video of San Pablo showing the station since rebuild.
Shame the historic original structure could not be retained as part of the work.
Hopefully, the damage at Lucena is reversed and it does not also find itself obliterated from the face of the earth.

Colonel and I at the rebuilt San Pablo railway station during our 2018 south line survey expedition.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022



2009: Random Rollingstock

As I continue with the endless task of cataloguing two decades of Philippine photos, I am finding that I have a large amount that really does not fit any of the usual themes used on the blog.

So, in order to share them with everyone, I will be running a selection of 'random series' posts covering locomotives, rollingstock, infrastructure, and other rail-related items.

If you are interested is buses, jeepneys, planes or even Philippine scenery, you are invited to check out my 

'Semi-Retired Foamer Travel Blog'

For much of the first decade of the 2000s, the former Japanese 12 and 14 series  (PNR 7A/NR/CAR class) carriages formed the backbone of the Philippine rail services, being used on local Manila and Bicol commuter services, services to Laguna, and on the Bicol Express.
A number underwent a refurbishment at Naga, these becoming the CAR class, while one become a prototype for a canceled rebuilding project planned for the class.
This prototype rebuild was done by Santa Rosa (the bus builders).

For more details on this type, and other carriages, check out our 'Philippine Railway Historical Society: Rollingstock Updates'.

By 2009 the Manila services were being taken over by newly delivered Rotem railcar sets from South Korea.
One regular service that would hold on for a while was the afternoon run to Laguna (I think Binan by this time), returning early the next morning.
7A-2015 is seen at Tutuban station on this set.
Photo: Brad Peadon

A rather weary-looking 7A-2013 is seen outside the Caloocan Railway workshops in Manila, 
her duties to the nation's rail system now done.
Photo: Brad Peadon

The late afternoon service from Manila to Laguna departs Tutuban station.
Photo: Brad Peadon

7A-2027 met its end following the tragic derailment at Padre Burgos. It was returned to Manila and eventually placed on its side.
Not long after these photos were taken, an official visit by then President Arroyo saw it scrapped as part of a yard cleanup.
Photo: Brad Peadon

It did give a great opportunity for detailed shots of the underframe. Perfect for us modellers.
Photo: Brad Peadon

7A-2026 is seen retired at Tutuban station.
Photo: Brad Peadon

7A-2019 is seen at Tutuban station awaiting the late afternoon Laguna run.
Photo: Brad Peadon

7A-2026 is seen at Caloocan Workshops.
Photo: Brad Peadon

7B-41 is seen at Tutuban station.
A former Japanese boxcar. 
Photo: Brad Peadon

Now scrapped 7C-100 retired at Caloocan Workshops.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Upcoming Caldereta hiding under 7C-115 in Tutuban yard.
Photo: Brad Peadon

7C-114 (Baggage and Power Van) in Tutuban Yard..
Photo: Brad Peadon

7C-113 undergoing work at Caloocan that I don't think was ever completed.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Then new Rotem railcar set shares the Tutuban rollingstock shed with the older 7A class stock.
Though brand new in 2009, the Rotem cars have not held up well, with only two of the six sets in use during recent years.
Photo: Brad Peadon


PJ Evans, Roberto Artocillo