Philippine National Railways – Rollingstock Overview
Below is a photographic overview of the passenger rollingstock types currently
used by PNR on Luzon.
For further fleet updates and information please check out our
PRHS guides on this website.
Note that this does not include extinct classes of rollingstock which will ultimately be covered as part of the database project. If you can help with any information on those former rollingstock please contact us.
Japan Railways 12 and 14 Series Carriages
Since the early part of this century these carriages have formed a major part of the passenger transport task in the Philippines, having gone under the different classifications of 7A, NR, CAR, Prototype NR1 and, in the case of the 2011 arrivals, their original Japanese coding.
Some were used in local Manila services, the last being the daily Binan run which was replaced with the recently delivered EMU stock.
The 7A class may soon become extinct with reports (2013) of more scrapping expected in the short term. This would indicate that the CAR rebuilding project is truly dead in the water, despite the need for more rollingstock.
They saw use on the Bicol commuter trains and are expected to again be used on the Bicol Express when the line is finally reopened. The date for this reopening is still unknown as of February 2014.
Japan Railways 202/203 Series EMU Carriages.
These carriages were another Japanese donation.
Thought to be quite an unusual donation given the PNR is not electrified, Filipino are famous for their ingenuity and have made them a major part of the Metro Manila fleet by utilizing generators in the fourth car of each four car set.
This has allowed them to greatly increase local services.
Photos: Michael Cacho
Japan Railways CMC/CTC Series Carriages
During the last few decades of the 1900s and into the early part of the 2000s, the CMC/CTC type railcars, whether self propelled or loco hauled, formed a major part of the Metro Manila transport task.
Originally donated from Japan as self propelled DMUs, the gradual giving up of traction motors appeared to have left just one self propelled set on Caloocan-Espana runs by 1999. Even this had gone by 2004.
Today, despite preservation attempts, most have been scrapped for metal value at Caloocan Workshops. A couple do survive either out of use in Manila or, in one example, as a track gang car allocated to Naga.
CMC-201 remains in Manila (Tayuman) painted in a nice orange livery. While it is said she is the closest to being self propelled again, traction motors are again the problem.