PNR rehabilitation completed end of January
MRAIL Inc. and partner Desco, the sole distributor of General Electric Transportation (GET) in the country, expects to complete its R150 million Philippine National Railways (PNR) contract by the end of this month.
The partner firms recently turned over two of three rehabilitated locomotives to the government. The last locomotive to be refurbished under the deal is slated to be turned over at the end of January.
It was the first time that an all – Filipino team refurbished PNR locomotives in the country.
The contract involved rehabilitating three locomotives, at the cost of R50 million each, to provide better trains for PNR commuters, increase the number of operational locomotives and improve train reliability in Metro Manila, the suburbs and the Bicol region.
“This MRAIL-Desco/GE locomotive modernization and upgrade project is a significant milestone in our journey to become a progressive national railway company,” announced PNR chairman Roberto T. Lastimoso.
It was also PNR’s first major upgrade of its 26 diesel engine locomotives since its acquisition in 1992.
An all-Filipino team of MRAIL and Desco worked on the locomotives for almost 24 months.