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Old August 27th, 2007, 04:50 AM   #1
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PHILIPPINES | Railways

The Philippines NorthRail and SouthRail Projects full-blast construction of 80.2-km Northrail project starts very soon

Phase 1 of Northrail Project 80km (Caloocan to Clark) Double Track

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Other Phase of Northrail Project

Phase 2 50km (San Fernando to Subic) Double Track
Phase 3 20km (Caloocan to Fort Bonifactio) Double Track
Phase 4 150km (Clark to Poro Point) Double Track





SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007 | INFRASTRUCTURE

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was assured by Northrail President Jose Cortes Jr. today that the full blast construction of the 80.2-kilometer railway line from old Tutuban Philippine National Railways (PNR) Station to Malolos will definitely start in January 2008.

The President was also assured by Cortes that all the remaining squatters residing along the old train line to be revived shall be "taken out already by December " and that the budget for the project is now available.

The President got these assurance from Cortes when she checked on the status of the $1,125.99-million Northrail Project whose first section spans Caloocan City, Valenzuela City and five towns of Bulacan, namely, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Guiguinto and Malolos.

Cortes told the President that "the timetable is still the same" – construction period from February 2007 to February 2010 for Section 1; while Section 2 will be completed a year after.

The project is divided into two sections: Section I spans Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauyan, Marilao, Bocaue, the Guiguinto Multi-Modal Station up to Malolos; while Section II starts from Malolos to Calumpit in Bulacan up to Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles and the Clark Multi-Modal Station, all in Pampanga.

Section I is "generally along the PNR ROW (right of way) at-grade (and) partly elevated," specifically along the 3.7-km. Valenzuela Viaduct, the longest viaduct along the Caloocan-Clark railway line.

Section II, on the other hand, is also "generally along PNR ROW, at-grade, partly elevated, partly tunneled."

The Northrail CEO also briefed the President on the architectural perspective of the stations in each of the six local governments covered by the railway line's first section, plus the status of the engineering and construction works and right-of-way acquisition for which Northrail created a task force to "expedite acquisition… to be completed by 31 October 2007."

In the heat of the noonday sun, the President – in a cool blue pantsuit and blue platform slippers – walked without any umbrella shade from the old brick Malolos railway station to the location of the test-file boring machine that will check on the soil's structure-carrying capacity in 28 days.

Section I started ground work in end-June with a four-month pre-construction stage; while the 28-month construction phase will start this month. The four-month testing and commissioning period ends in February 2010.

So far, already "completed" are the project alignment design survey, site investigation, and soil exploration.

Also, "construction drawings for 23 kilometers, including the 1.7-km. Malolos Viaduct Section, and the preliminary drawings for all the six train stations were already issued by the contractor" -- the China National Machinery Equipment Corporation (CNMEG).

Already approved, according to Northrail, is the alignment design for the 1.7-km Viaduct Section in Malolos, plus the methodology for the Bored Piling Works.

Geographic studies of the railway area shows that it is located on the "North Luzon Alluvial Plain with some undulation in topography. These are mainly artificial soil, miscellaneous soil, clay, silky clay, fine round gravel, tuff and tuff claystones," and that the "subgrade of Caloocan station needs to be replaced and miscellaneous soil to be improved."

The total amount of the project is US$1,125.99 million because Section I costs $452.32, while Section II costs 673.67 million.

The project consultants are with the French group, SYSTRA.

The President's chopper from the Subic Bay Freeport Zone landed at the Bulacan State University where she was met by Bulacan Governor Joselito Mendoza.

Also attending the ocular inspection were Bulacan Reps. Lorna Silverio, Marivic Alvarado, and Pedro Pancho – and Bulacan Vice Governor Willy Alvarado and Malolos Mayor Danilo Domingo.

Speaker Jose de Venecia, Senator Richard Gordon and Trade Secretary Peter Favila also attended the briefing ceremonies. (OPS)
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The newest and the most modern heavy railway system in
South East Asia will be rolling by 2010


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@ wheel of steel

This system is still a far cry from Thailand's and Malaysia's railway networks.
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This system is still a far cry from Thailand's and Malaysia's railway networks.
I know.... 2010 is the battle field!!! Now, the Philippines maybe is in its worst railway history ever. We only got 3 years to change this...
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From Philippine Star July 30, 2007

NorthRail coaches to run on biodesel

MALOLOS CITY - Train coaches that will ply the double-track, 32 kilometer NorthRail starting 2010 will be powered by biodiesel.

Jose Cortez, president of the North Luzon Railways Corp. (NorthRail), told The STAR that the first 28 diesel motor units that will serve the railway project will initially be powered by biodiesel.

Cortez, said the government's biofuel law augurs well for the NorthRail project, noting that thousand of hectares of land in Nueva Ecija are already planted with jathropa whose oil could be processed into biodiesel.

He said government agenceis have also expressed interest to convert his 4,000 hectare property in Surigao into a jathropa plantation.

Cortez said the NorthRail coaches can also run on electricity.

Conceived in the mid-90's, the NorthRail project will link the cities of Caloocan and Malolos in Bulacan, and eventually Angeles City in Pampanga, for a total of 75 kilometers, using the right of way of the Philippine National Railways.

Cortez said the project will boost local economies and provide mass transport to some 150,000 passengers daily in its initial operations and about 350,000 pasengers on its 11th year.

Two years ago, some 30,000 families in Caloocan and Malolos was relocated to in-town resetlement sites to give way to the project.

However work on the project has been slow, at present, only about seven percent of the 32-kilometer NorthRail has been completed.

President Arroyo has ordered NorthRail to fast-track the project before she steps down from office three years from now.

Cortez, hoever, said they are doing everything to speed up the project, but there are certain things beyond their control.

For instance, he said Chinese contractors have brought in steel that does not conform to Philippine standards.

He added that there were also problems with the NorthRail design as it took a Chinese institute tapped by the contractors too long to come up with it.

But Cortez and Dennis Jugueta, NorthRail vice president for engineering, said the contractors already have a preliminary design.

Cortez said the design came on installments, as certain segments of the NorthRail are too narrow for the double-track railway, which requires a width of at least 15 meters.

Meanwhile, Cortez said they have a self-mposed deadline to "have all the land that we need" by the end of October.

Jugueta said NorthRail has the money to compensate owners of lots to be affected by the railway project.

If negotiations fail, he said they might be forced to expropriate the land beside the old PNR right-of-way in favor of NorthRail.
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What will the new trains look like? Will they be as sophisticated like the KCR trains in HK?
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What will the new trains look like? Will they be as sophisticated like the KCR trains in HK?
Will look like JR probably or the modern version of Thailand SRT DMU Trains.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 08:13 AM   #8
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Courtesy of Sir kalbongdad

THE MODERN DMU NORTHRAIL TRAINS...

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INSIDE THE SUPER TRAIN...

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CONSTRUCTION AT MALOLOS HIGHWAY SIDE

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PILE FOOTING ERECTION IN ACTION!!! AT MALOLOS ELEVATED STATION

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MALABON TRUE 30 METER ENBANKMENT

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MALOLOS SUPER NORTHRAIL TERMINAL


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VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MALOLOS

NORTHRAIL CONSTRUCTION


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Where did you get the Pix of the DMU? Are those for real or just a guess?
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Where did you get the Pix of the DMU? Are those for real or just a guess?
Actually, it comes from one of our friends here in the SSC.. DMUs are not yet available, that picture is a loco hauled coaches...
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i like the new malolos terminal. no so hot on the new train.
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Construction of Luzon railway project starts

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By Roderick T. dela Cruz

Work on the first phase of the North Luzon railway project costing $421 million began last month, putting it on track for completion by 2010, the new president of North Luzon Railways Corp. said yesterday.

NorthRail Corp. president and chief executive Arsenio Bartolome III, in a speech before the Rotary Club of Manila, said the first phase of the project stretching from Metro Manila to Northern Luzon was currently under construction.

Phase 1 of the NorthRail project is subdivided into two sections, with the first stretching from Caloocan to Malolos in Bulacan province and covering 32.5 kilometers with six stations to be built at a cost of $421 million.

Section 2, which will cover a distance of 51.5 kilometers with six stations from Malolos to Clark Field in Pampanga, will cost $586 million.

Bartolome said Section 1 would have 19 diesel multiple units, which were upgradable to electric multiple units. Once completed by the first semester of 2010, Section 1 will cut travel time from Caloocan to Malolos to just 30 minutes, benefiting some 125,000 passengers in the first few months of operations.

Section 2 is expected to reduce travel time between Malolos and Clark Field to 30 minutes. Once completed by 2011, it will have 23 trains transporting thousands of passengers.

“It is essential and necessary to the economic progress and prosperity of the Philippines,” he said in response to new controversies surrounding China-funded projects in the Philippines.

The Philippine government has approached the Chinese government for funding of the NorthRail project.

In turn, the Chinese government appointed China National Machinery and Equipment Corp. to handle the design, supply and construction of the project and the Export Import Bank of China to take care of financing.

Bartolome asked the public to support the project, saying it would benefit millions of Filipinos, including commuters, farmers, traders, workers and students, who would profit from the cheap and fast mass transportation system.

He said that once the Northrail project became operational, it would also enhance and accelerate the development and growth of Central and Northern Luzon, decongest motorized traffic in Metro Manila and provide linkages to the MRT and LRT light rail systems.
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Chinese Gov't will finance the North Luzon Railway System and the Korean Gov't will finance the South Luzon Railways System....
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Merry Christmas to all Bicol Railroaders....
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haha cool we also had many many many projects and plan for new rail way

from bkk to other cities and inside bkk

our currently president is railway crazy person - -
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could i have the map line picture please?
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Northrail Updates...

from www.northrail.com.ph

1. Enbankment works from Caloocan to Valenzuela. 1.7km





2. Test Piles for Valenzuela Viaduct...





3. Jet Grouting Pile 400meters Guiguinto Station...






4. Gravel Pile Malolos





5. Construction of Gravity Wall Malolos






NOTE:!!! This pictures was taken sometime around Feb. 2008.... The project is ongoing and about to complete before 2010 ends...
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High Tech Rolling Stocks (DMU) for Northrail

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Northrail main compound and depot at Valenzuela (8km from Caloocan).

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