[Photos courtesy of Vic Nierva]
The railroad runs through my hometown so I can ride the train the next time I'm there. I am confident the Philippine National Railways will iron out the kinks.
Bicol train chugs to a halt in test run[Hat tip to Cool Understatement]
By Juan Escandor Jr., Pons Caudilla
Philippine Daily Inquirer
NAGA CITY — The spirit was willing, but the diesel-fed old engines were not.
After stopping several times for repairs, a refurbished Philippine National Railways (PNR) train on a test run from Tagkawayan town in Quezon province made it an hour late into Naga City in Camarines Sur on Wednesday.
But before the new Bicol Commuter Train, a takeoff from the Bicol Express of yesteryear, could move any farther to its final destination in Ligao City in Albay, its engines had conked out.
PNR officials had earlier expressed confidence that train services in Bicol would resume after three years in time for the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia this week in Naga.