Tuesday, March 25, 2008


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Hondagua station and Bagacay Harbor.
The MRR line to Hondagua was opened on May 27, 1916.
Hondagua is from the spanish phrase "hondo agua" which means "deep water".
Hondagua was once the terminal of the MRR main line south.
The eastern side of the station. Railroad tracks to the port along the coconut trees.
Philippine Floor Mill above was built within the MRR property.

More Hondagua pictures here.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Plaridel, Quezon Side Trip Part I

RIHSPI members went on a field trip to Hondagua, Lopez, Quezon last Saturday, March 22, 2008. While passing thru Plaridel, Quezon, a member noticed some interesting railway stuff near the train station.

While inspecting the train station, a speeding skate passed by carrying local residents. The team decided to take a trip to Unisan.
Typical rush hour. Simple rule, the skate with more passengers and cargo has the right of way.
Very light motorized skates!
Garage port, Plaridel style.
Beautiful scenery along the way.
Home along the riles Quezon style.
RIHSPI members enjoying the shade. MRR blasted thru these rocks in 1916.
End of the line for us. Did we found enough courage to cross this bridge? Please view video below:

Old Train Station of Atimonan, Quezon

The photo above is the old train station of Atimonan, Quezon near Barangay Inalig. One can reach the station by getting a motorized skate ride from Plaridel, Quezon train station. Train service in Atimonan started between 1914 to 1916 when the Padre Burgos to Hondagua line was constructed.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Manila Belt Line Railway Rehab

The rail rehabilitation of the Southrail started last Tuesday, March 4, 2008. The rehabilitation started near the historic Paco Railroad Station. The Manila belt line beside the Paco Railroad Station will celebrate its 100 years anniversary this coming March 25, 2008.

Finally, the contractors drained the stagnant water and provided new ballasts for the rails. The work above was done in just four days.

Hanjin workers took a break for this photo. The work is currently being supervised by Ricardo Baricante Jr.

RIHSPI member Bill Sullivan enjoying the afternoon with the workers.