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A map of the Philippine National Railways system. Active lines are in dark orange.
A map of the Philippine National Railways system. Active lines are in dark orange.

Philippine National Railways used to provide passenger services in two directions from the capital, thus serving various towns and cities north and south of Manila. This list contains stations of both Northrail and Southrail, and the various spur lines from both Northrail and Southrail, as well as stations within Metro Manila. The Northrail is also known as the Green Line, while the Southrail is also known as the Orange Line. Former termini or terminal stations are in bold and former or defunct stations are in italic.

North Main Line

Stations along the Manila-San Fernando Line were abandoned and closed. San Fernando-Dagupan closed in 1983, Dagupan-Tarlac in 1988 and Tarlac-Malolos in 1989. The eruption of Mount Pinatubo further shortened services up to Meycauayan in 1991 until it was closed in 1997.

Section Year Opened Length Distance from Manila
Manila-Bagbag March 24, 1891 44 km 44 km
Bagbag-Mabalacat February 2, 1892 43 87
Mabalacat-Tarlac June 1, 1892 32 119
Tarlac-Dagupan November 24, 1892 76 195
Dagupan-San Fabian January 11, 1908 12 207
San Fabian-Rabon July 5, 1908
Rabon-Santo Tomas November 14, 1908
Santo Tomas-Agoo December 4, 1908
Agoo-South Aringay July 26, 1909
South Aringay-Aringay 1910
Aringay-Bauang Sur October 14, 1912 13 253
Bauang Sur-Bauang January 16, 1929 2 255
Bauang-San Fernando U May 16, 1929 12 265
San Fernando U-Sudipen 1943 25 290
San Fernando U-Bacnotan January 25, 1955 18 283

Metro Manila

A PNR 8000 class in Tutuban station.
A PNR 8000 class in Tutuban station.

Bulacan

Construction of the NSCR near Balagtas station.
Construction of the NSCR near Balagtas station.
Meycauayan station.

The following stations were located in Bulacan with these closed between 1988 and 1991. A majority of these stations are being built under the North–South Commuter Railway (NSCR).

Pampanga

Old Guiguinto station.

The following stations of the North Main Line are located in Pampanga. Services here were closed in 1988 with some of the stations being built for the NSCR North's Phase 2.

Tarlac

The following are the stations located in Tarlac. Stations south of Tarlac City were closed in 1988 while stations to the north were closed in 1984. There are no stations here planned for reactivation, with New Clark City being the only new station to be built as part of the NSCR.[13]

Pangasinan


La Union

Façade of the San Fernando station in San Fernando, Pampanga.

East West Line (rapid transit)

Main article: MRT Line 8 (Metro Manila)

The PNR East West line, or MRT Line 8, is a proposed rapid transit line in Metro Manila in the Philippines, generally running in an east–west direction along the Radial Road 7 and a portion of the Radial Road 8.

The line serves 11 stations on 9.4 kilometers (5.8 mi) of line. The rails are mostly elevated and erected either over or along the roads covered, with sections below ground. The western terminus of the line is the Quiapo station infont of Quiapo Church, while the eastern terminus of the line is the Diliman station along Commonwealth Avenue in Barangay Old Capitol Site, Quezon City.

Metro Manila

South Main Line (Southrail)

Section Date Opened Distance Distance from Manila
Santa Mesa-Paco March 25, 1908 3 9
Paco-Muntinlupa June 21, 1908 22 32
Muntinlupa-Calamba January 24, 1909 24 56
Calamba – Los Baños August 15, 1910 8 64
College- San Pablo August 20, 1923 23 88
Calamba-Malvar January 4, 1910 19 75
Malvar-San Pablo July 3, 1911 19 94
San Pablo-Tiaong July 1912 9 98
Tiaong-Lucena February 10, 1913 34 133
Lucena-Padre Burgos 1914 32 165
Padre Burgos – Hondagua – Calauag May 10, 1916 77 243
Calauag – Aloneros August 16, 1921 12 255
Aloneros – Manato January 13, 1931 45 300
Port Junction-Ragay-Lupi Viejo August 28, 1933
Lupi Viejo-Sipocot September 13, 1931
Sipocot-Libmanan July 1930
Libmanan-Pamplona February 3, 1929
Pamplona-Naga October 18, 1921 12
Naga-Pili April 1, 1920 28 405
Baao-Iriga August 1915
Iriga Legazpi- Tabaco November 1914 62 474

Metro Manila

Blumentritt railway station in Manila.
Paco station
EDSA station in Makati.
EDSA station in Makati.
Bicutan station in Parañaque.
Bicutan station in Parañaque.

Laguna

Biñan station in Laguna
Biñan station in Laguna

Quezon

Lucena station

Camarines Sur

Libmanan station.
Naga station
Iriga station at night.
Iriga station at night.

Albay

Ligao station

Abandoned and inactive branches

Abandoned

Tarlac-San Jose branch

An abandoned branch line serving Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. This line was also planned to be extended to Cagayan province, with services linking almost all the provinces in the Cagayan Valley. PNR has requested for a feasibility study for the revival of the line, to be connected to the North-South Commuter Railway project.[14]

Tarlac
Nueva Ecija
Isabela
Cagayan

Santa Mesa-Antipolo branch

The Mayor Neptali M. Gonzales II Gymnasium, which replaced and sits on the former site of Guadalupe station
The Mayor Neptali M. Gonzales II Gymnasium, which replaced and sits on the former site of Guadalupe station

Ceased operations when the San Juan River Bridge collapsed. Remains of the old railroad tracks from the old line are still present. The piers of the San Juan River bridge were still standing until they were demolished in 2018 due to the Skyway Stage 3 traversing through the river. It would be only feasible in the future to reactive just the Sta. Mesa-Mandaluyong parts of the line and the bridge rebuilt, with possible elevated tracks on the final segment to the Guadalupe station, which links the PNR to EDSA and MRT Line 3 (the nearest stations are the Guadalupe Station in Makati and Boni Avenue Station in Mandaluyong).

Manila
Mandaluyong
Pasig
Rizal

Balagtas-Cabanatuan branch

This line is one of the branch lines that were abandoned after World War II. The line was reopened in 1969; however, it was once again left non-operational in 1980. If reactivated, it will serve thousands of people and tourists as well as provide freight services to the provinces of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija. PNR has requested a feasibility study for a planned revival as a northeast commuter line to Makati, as part of the process for getting the final nod on the project.[14]

Bulacan
Nueva Ecija

Rosario-Montalban branch

An abandoned branch line which used to serve the cities of Pasig, Marikina, and the province of Rizal.

Pasig
Marikina
Rizal

Fort Stotsenburg-Dau branch

A line from Fort Stotsenburg in Angeles to Mabalacat, Pampanga

Dau-Magalang branch

An abandoned branch line from Dau to Magalang.

Nielson Field branch

Abandoned after Nielson Field was closed.[15]

Legazpi-Tabaco branch

Abandoned line that served passengers and cargo going to Tabaco and its harbor.

Aringay–Asin branch

This was a 40.4 km (25.1 mi) spur line meant to connect Aringay, La Union with Baguio. However, tracks actually terminated in Asin in Tuba, Benguet. Construction on the final section leading to Baguio was halted during World War I. The Salapak Tunnel, originally meant for the line, was used during World War II as the regional headquarters of the Imperial Japanese Army. During the PNR era, the right-of-way has been sold to residents and became either roads or farmland. The local government of Aringay also proposed to the PNR to convert the Salapak Tunnel into an ecotourism zone, but PNR turned down the request since there are plans to restore the tunnel in the future, referring to the PNR North Long Haul service.[16]

San Fabian-Camp One branch

This is a line to Camp One, Rosario, La Union. It was the first railroad project attempting to reach Baguio, abandoned however in 1914. A remnant is the triangle junction which was part of the rail tracks, which are now being used as roads.

Arayat-Carmen branch

If reactivated, it would serve as a tourist line linking the PNR network to the Mount Arayat National Park and as a faster access to western parts of Pampanga, northern Bataan, southern Zambales and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, with the possible construction in the future of a rail line linking the two economic zones.

Tayug branch

If reactivated, the line will serve residents and freight in Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac.

Tarlac
Nueva Ecija
Pangasinan

San Pablo-Malvar branch

Branch line from San Pablo, Laguna to Malvar, Batangas. It was abandoned after the Los Baños to San Pablo route was built. If reopened, it would serve as an alternative to the main line.

Paniqui-Camiling branch

Abandoned tram line that was operated by the Tarlac Railway Company.

Lingayen-Camiling branch

Cancelled during the planning stages. The route was supposed to be from Lingayen, Pangasinan to Camiling, Tarlac.

Damortis-Tuba branch

Branch line abandoned before the bed was completed and before any bridges had been constructed, the only remains of this line are the two railroad tunnels in Asin Road.

Caba-Galiano branch

Abandoned before the bed was completed and before any bridges had been constructed

Paco-Naic branch

Very few, if not none, of the original line exists today due to the path occupied presently by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and various developments since the line's closure.

San Pedro-Carmona branch

This is the last branch line that was used by PNR up to early 2000s. In 2010, the land area of the station in San Jose (now considered on the tip and under the jurisdiction of GMA Cavite between San Pedro and Carmona), was allegedly re-leased to the private sector and the old rails were dismantled halfway up to Olympia Street in Pacita Complex. The old rails still exists from Chrysanthemum Station up to Crismor Ave. in Elvinda near the old San Pedro Station and is at least still in use by the squatter's trolleys. This 3.9-kilometer (2.4 mi) line was opened in 1973.

Though inactive at present, PNR plans to reintroduce services to this branch line.[17][18]

Laguna

Cavite branch

An abandoned branch line serving Cavite City and parts of Noveleta.

Pandacan-Isla Provisor branch

Also known as the Santibañez line. This line had spurs leading to Isla Provisor, Luzon Brokerage Company, the closed Pandacan Oil Depot and the Johnson Picket Rope Company. It ends in what is now the Tabacalera Compound today. The bridge route's crossing in Pasig River is a mechanical swing bridge built to allow bigger ships to pass through. Today, not only is the mechanical component of the bridge nonfunctional, but the bridge itself cannot turn anymore due to the Pandacan Bridge built very close to its turning radius. The very bridge itself is still in use by trains, and occasionally by rickshaws and railskates.

Rongos branch

A 1.7-kilometer line connecting the former Rongos wharf in the Bicol River for construction purposes. Dismantled after the completion of the South Line in 1938.

Inactive

UP Los Baños-Santa Cruz branch

This inactive line, when reactivated, could serve passengers and freight in the eastern towns of Laguna, while providing a faster access to tourist and historical destinations within the province.

Laguna

Calamba-Bauan branch

Part of the Long-Haul Railway project, it includes the construction of a new line to Bicol. The Calamba-Batangas City section of the branch will be reconstructed into a new single-track line that will be expanded to two when capacity is needed to be expanded.

Laguna
Batangas

Mamatid-Buntog branch

This branch line, currently inactive, is the nearest rail link to the Nuvali residential township of Ayala Land, which extends to Calamba to the south, as well as to Tagaytay. It is also a potential branch line for a revived freight service from Metro Manila in the future, since a multimodal freight terminal was from the 1990s up to 2001 served by this line via container trains from the capital region.

Cabuyao branch

The only remnant of this line is a railroad overpass crossing the South Luzon Expressway near Eton City Exit, claimed to be part of Cabuyao. The branch, if active, can link Eton City and the urban townships of Santa Rosa to the PNR system, as well as provide freight connections to the nearby industrial complexes.

See also

References

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