I went to Caloocan last Thursday to find the old PNR line, which I believe is part of the PNR rehabilitation. I took the LRT to Monumento and from there walked towards the direction of Malabon via Samson Road. For beginners like me, this Caloocan line is a part of the route of the old Dagupan Express.
The Caloocan line is an important junction of the PNR since it is here where the Northrail and Southrail will meet through the Northrail-Southrail linkage project. When I was still in high school, the first trip in the morning is from Calamba to Caloocan, and the last trip in the evening is from Caloocan to Calamba. But in 2004 the PNR axed this trip.
Now let’s go to the pictures.
This is the PNR Hospital in Samson Road, now in a state of neglect. (But I believe that it’s just recently that they’ve abandoned the hospital service because of the PhilHealth sign.)
The PNR Hospital from another angle.
This is the PNR line that supposedly crosses Samson Road. El Bigotilyo (Caloocan Mayor Recom Echiverri) had the rail covered by asphalt. When? I don’t know.
And this section is blocked. The reason, I also don’t know. BTW, I tried to see what’s inside but it’s well sealed and that’s the best angle I can shoot.
The PNR line that’s supposedly crossed Samson Road.
Filthy railway reminiscent of the rails in Paco, Manila.
This railroad crossing is on 10th Avenue, near A. Mabini. Notice that the line is partially covered by asphalt.
Still on 10th Avenue. This is converted to an extension of a palengke, just like in Bicutan before.
The PNR Management Center in T. Bugallon Street. A guard told me to ask permission first from their commander to take photos, but later on he allowed me 😛 We actually shared stories about the PNR.
The PNR Junkyard… I mean railyard in Caloocan.
Old, battered diesel units rotting in the railyard. Manong guard told me that before me, two kolehiyalas were posing there. Sayang, di ko naabutan 😛
The tora-tora, without the sloping roof. The PNR came out with this concept to avoid their coaches collect garbage thrown by squatters. Slide nga naman pabalik sa kanila yung basura…
Another shot at the tora-tora.
Take a closer look at this. A diesel connected to a tora-tora (partially covered by another diesel) in a worse state of decay.
The Bicol Express economy class. I believe this train’s last trip to Bicol was way back 2006.
A diesel towing a baggage/power locomotive towards the railyard.
The old PNR Printing and Warehousing Office. Now, they transferred their printing services to Tutuban.
This building is named after Horace L. Higgins, the American pioneer of Philippine Railways. And just like the railways he pioneered, the hall is in a state of neglect.
Another shot at the Higgins Hall.
The PNR Caloocan is not that inactive. Aside from diesels towing old coaches, it is here where the PNR produce their concrete ties (this is where you put the rail). But because time is not on my side, this trip might have an encore. Watch out for the Part 2 of the PNR Caloocan trip. 😀