PNR revives Naga-Ligao service

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PNR revives Naga-Ligao service
Train on dry run for the soon-to-be revived Naga-Ligao service. Photo from the Philippine National Railways.
  • Philippine National Railways resumes Naga-Ligao train services on July 31
  • PNR offers two train trips daily on the 67-kilometer line, servicing 1,300 passengers
  • Travel time from Ligao to Naga and vice versa is 2 hours and 11 minutes
  • Flag stops are Naga, Pili, Baao, Iriga, Bato, Matacon, Polangui, Oas and Ligao
  • The service will use a diesel hydraulic locomotive engine with five passenger coaches

Philippine National Railways (PNR) is running limited Naga-Ligao train services starting July 31, partly reliving the days of the iconic Bicol Express in the pre-war years and early 1950s, when rail was the choice mode of transport to the Bicol region.

There will be two train schedules daily to service the Naga, Camarines Sur-Ligao City, Albay line covering more than 67 kilometers.

The first train will leave Ligao at 5:30 am for Naga. The second train will depart Naga at 5:30 pm and return to Ligao.

PNR said it will add more train schedules once there is more passenger demand for the route.

The estimated travel time from Ligao Station to Naga and vice versa is two hours and 11 minutes using a diesel hydraulic locomotive (DHL) engine with five passenger coaches that can carry 1,300 passengers.

There will be nine stations:  Naga, Pili, Baao, Iriga, Bato, Matacon, Polangui, Oas, and Ligao.

The train fare is a minimum P15 for a passenger getting off the first station and P105 for the end-to-end train ride.

Though wearing face masks on the trains is voluntary, eating or drinking inside the coaches is still prohibited to ensure safe and comfortable travel, the PNR said.

The PNR Naga-Legazpi service was suspended in April 2017 due to insufficient rolling stock.

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