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Way, way, back in 2009, the Philippine National Railways had taken delivery of their six new Hyundai-ROTEM sets from South Korea and were in the process of testing them.One of these tests was to see how they would perform at speed, this being conducted around the Pasay Road area.After all these years, I cannot quite recall the fastest speed we got up too. Looking through all the photos I took on the day, the highest shown is 60km/h, however I seem to remember us passing that mark.I came across some of the photos while cataloguing the archive recently. Thought there may be some interest in seeing them.
The first lot of photographs show around the cab of our ROTEM set prior to departure from Tutuban station.
Tutuban yard, including the rolled over 7A that would seen be scrapped prior to a visit from President Gloria Arroyo.
Espana Boulevard at Espana station. It recently took me a while to work out this location, such is the massive change in the background now.
Train order issues at Pasay Road for the section BIC, which I assume is Bicutan.
Our ROTEM set sitting at Pasay Road station.Not the track machine on the disused third platform road.
Busy analyzing the results of the tests.
Another train order, this time from Espana to Pasay Road.
Holding on tight while we conduct a test.The ROTEMs put on an impressive show.
Alas, all good things must come to an end.With the day testing completed, we headed home to Tutuban station. In completion, I would like to thank the Philippine National Railways for allowing me to take part in this very interesting day. It gave incredible insight into the testing process of these diesel multiple units.-------------------------------------------------------Philippine Railway Historical Society Group
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PLEASE URGENTLY NOTE: To avoid the regular confusion, the 'Philippine Association of Railway Enthusiasts' is the only group that we are officially associated with. We have an agreement of working together, and open sharing, between both groups.The 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' has no other links to any other group and, as such, should not be linked to them (as is often the case).
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