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Filipino Made Hybrid Electric Train To Hit Philippine Railway Soon

A hybrid electric train will soon be used in railway tracks of the Philippines, this is the very first in the history of the country. It is designed and proudly made by Filipinos under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and will be operational by Philippine National Railways (PNR).

The train is powered by batteries and generator that makes the train project as environment-friendly and it does not need any overhead power lines, according to the project leader Engineer Pablo Acuin.

Running the electric powered train does not require any further infrastructure, the train is 60 meters long with almost the same size of the currently running PNR trains. The train has 5 coaches, with 4 coaches are used for passengers and the other 1 use to carry the generator.

It is 1 coach more than the power using train by PNR, it can accommodate a maximum 880 passengers one way. The hybrid electric train is way cheaper that it costs Php120 Million when it was first bided out.

The train was designed and locally made by a core team of 10 Filipino engineers and also has the capability to maintain and operate. Additional electric train will create more jobs for engineers as the first will hit the rail tracks soon.

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