Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Our Philippine Railway Historical Society 'Membership and Promotion Officer' and part-time Bicol resident, Paul Hornby, is proposing the setting up of a Naga Chapter of the PRHS for the Bicol region.
While the ideas and goals of this chapter are still being drawn up, they wish to promote railway preservation/restoration in the Bicol area, historical research and perhaps investgate the 'Friends Of PNR' type operation in the local area.
Membership to the group would be free, with any restoration work funded by the community, the members and through the 'Philippine Railway Historical Society'.
News and updates would be available to members by way of a internet forum, overseas (outside Philippines) membership would still be done through the current PRHS, including 'Along Da Riles' newsletter.
If you are interested in a Bicol region chapter, have some ideas, or would like more information, please feel free to contact Paul.
alco600 @ yahoo. com (remove spaces)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
From our end I am happy to say we have located 288 back issues of 'Railway Gazette International' from the 60-early 2000s and I am currently in the process of going through all of them to record any Philippine railway history that exists.
Sadly the railways of the Philippines don't figure heavily in there, but there has been a number of small pieces on the LRT, as well as PNR and Panay Railways.
One extended article covers the previous south line rebuild.
Our Vice-President is currently in the Philippines and is to make another $60 donation to the RIHSPI, this one being directed to the restoration of the second BUDA car.
I am hopeful of launching another fund drive early in January to assist Karel's efforts with this historic vehicle. Just got to motivate the rest of our board first :-)
Another donation, in the form of a ticket, has been made privately to a project in Naga who is doing a display of local history for the railway station.
Issue #3 of 'Along Da Riles' is now out and has been sent to members, PNR managers, other publications and industry people.
Feedback has been great as we slowly improve it, while we are now getting the occasional contributions.
Books: We are currently looking at a couple of these and trying to source costs for printing in the Philippines (to again help the economy there). A few ideas, one of which I hope to put out a help request for shortly. If anyone is interested in helping on the locomotive and railcar front,
I would be happy to hear from you.
Proceeds from these will go into RIHSPI preservation work.
Thats it for this month guys.
The research work continues endlessly, as does the more boring duties of running a society of this type
Remember: Together we can achieve anything.
Philippine Railway Historical Society
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
PHOTO: Showing recent floods around Blumentritt - Thanks to Happosai.
Tonight we had the monthly meeting of the 'Philippine Railway Historical Society' in Sydney.
The largest hurdle brought up during the night was that of board attendance and interest, something that has been affected following the negativity recieved from the Philippines when we decided to change our name to assit in the need to show the separate nature of the two societies.
There seems to have been a boycott of sorts over our (well some of our) desire to still mostly assist the RIHSPI under current conditions. #
With the reduced amount of people here for the meeting there were only a few items discussed.
** Advertising in the United States has commenced with an advertisment seen in one major publication and word that it has also appeared in another.
Prior to the recent problem we were investigating some paid advertising which was to come out of our own pockets and not that of the society. This advertising would be in primary USA magazines where the most people will be found.
** We have had some contact with a major Philippine broadcaster, through and Australian agent, and this has been positive in nature.
** The research project continues apace. I have been mostly concentrating on the diesel era, with Bill Sullivan more the steam era. Paul has been busy getting married and attending to other projects in the Philippines.
When he returns he plans to help greatly with things. This will certainly take off a huge amount of the pressure that is on me.
The plan is to include research findings in the group magazine, along with anything else that is donated, for all to enjoy. To this end we are always on the lookout for copies of photos, sightings, trip reports and anything else of Philippine railway interest.
** Along Da Riles #3 is approaching completion. Having to compile this one mostly myself, plus a new baby, has put it behind a little.
** The possibility of another preservation project in the Philippines has come forth. This is still in its early days and we hope to be able to outline this more when, and if, things become a little more concrete.
Finally I thank everyone who have given their continued support.
The Philippine railway hobby is a small one, but together we can work to enjoy it more.
# - On a personal note, I am still of the belief we should continue to offer continued support to the RIHSPI as well as any other official rail preservation/restoration project being completed in the Philippines.
There is a large non confidence feeling in certain parts of that societies board, but we should not use this as a reason to not support them, thus hurting other members and the people of the country themselves.
We MUST put the Philippines first!!! This is why we entered into this project in the first place.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Seeking Donations To Help People Affected By Philippine Floods!
I am helping to raise donations for the poor people affected by the huge floods in Manila.
Can you help with a donation, of any size?
Donations will be sent through the Pasalubong Food Store at 1073 Botany Road Mascot 2020 NSW Australia.
They can either be made direct to Pasalubong.
Please help those back in the Philippines when they need it most.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Am gradually going through all the old boxes and boxes of railway guff to find what is in there.
Here be one of my first shots of the PNR and of a locomotive that is impossible to photograph in this condition anymore.
Ol 908 was awaiting repairs back here in 1999, but by 2004 was beyond economical repair at Caloocan workshops and severely stripped.
As of June 2009 she was still sitting out the back of the shops, with cab and short hood gone, severely stripped of anything salvageable. Given she was like this in 2007 it is a wonder she hasn't become a Korean car by now.
Maybe she could become a good testbed for a trial rebuild.
It should be noted that 908 was originally 904, with 916 the original locomotive to carry this number.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This posting is mostly the result of a request on the PRHS PHILIPPINE_MODELLING group for a look at the rather historical panel in the tower at Tayuman.
One of the members has an awesome plan to model the yard at Tutuban/Tayuman and I remembered the track diagrams that appear in these photos from May. I am hoping these will be of use to his project.
Thanks to Karel Brouwers for his assistance in being able to visit this interesting tower, which has recently been reported as a contender for demolition.
Tutuban station, now converted into Tutuban mall.
All this trackage is long gone, the yard area now carpark at the station now used by the population to relieve themselves of money.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sadly the station had developed into a jungle by the time of my visit in 2009. It had been closed since Typhoon Reming in 2006 and to date there has been no word on when it will reopen, and no actual clarification to what damage the typhoon did.
Good morning everyone,
Been a while since I did one of these, actually I am not even sure I ever have. :-)
The society continues to slowly grow. It was never expected to be a fast thing and as such we are just happy to see growing interest.
We recently recieved our first member from outside Australia - thanks Jeffrey.
Thank you to everyone for their continued, and much appreciated, support.
The newsletter has changed from its small size to A4, while lessons are being learn't, and improvements made, with each issue.
Sometimes I have trouble fitting in everything.
The one thing we are very short of is small historical articles, or scans of historical items etc. We would like to eventually have a histrorical section regularly, but the editors main interest is 80s until today.
The society has ben recieving good coverage in the railfan and other press. This is slowly also proving to show dividends in membership. This sort of promotion shall continue, while I am hoping one of our local Sydney members will take on the important role of approaching local Filipino businesses here for possible support.
Possibly the biggest cause for confusion of late is the recent change of name from the RIHSPI-ANZ.
I shall try to rectify some of this below:
We are, as with the ANZ, basically a support group.
We have a slowly growing (but it is growing) membership and our primary goal is to raise money to donate to railway preservation groups in the Philippines.
The only change is that we can now donate to any railway preservation project in the Philippines that is an official project, this includes Mr Tiongson's RIHSPI.
I have made a number of approaches to the RIHSPI about their interest in continued financial support, but to date only the Vice-President has replied.
So why bother with the name change?
There seemed to be significant confusion over our use of the RIHSPI name.
PNR especially seemed to continually link our group, which was autonomous, and the Philippine based one.
Due to cultural differences, this caused a bit of trouble for the Manila group.
At a board meeting here it was voted to enforce the idea that we were seperate by utilizing a new name. We would still support Philippine preservation as before, but we would technically call them grants so as to appear a different society.
At the current time we are investigating a number of proposals, but to date we have no plans to preserve our own rollingstock. As this would be difficult from Australia, I am unsure where the idea has risen from.
This is not to say we wont in the future.
Indeed the idea of RIHSPIs proposal of preserving Abad Santos signalbox still appeals to many within the PRHS, as does the restoration of all rollingstock the society recently earmarked for preservation.
First and foremost, my love of Philippine railways means that I will do whatever it takes to help the preservation of it along, preservation of items the 'CORRECT' way.
The PRHS will ALWAYS support ANY railway society in the Philippines and look forward to one day being allowed to support the RIHSPI financially, historically and technically again.
Clearing up some of the strange myths going around:
1) We have dumped the RIHSPI to fend for themselves.
Absolutely not. The RIHSPI would always remain our main priority should they request help in restoring items.
They are a very important society with a big job ahead, they should always be supported 100%. The PRHS, regardless of name, will always be here to support them.
2) Changes were made due to disagreement in the Philippines.
Again, absolutely not. The RIHSPI people are great people in person and I have nothing but fond memories of my time there with them.
The work done on the first BUDA car was fantastic, virtually beyond belief for those of us who saw her at Caloocan.
We may have some concerns about their ideas, but this does not prevent us from donating to those projects considered right.
3) We wish to set up a rival museum.
Yeah right, that would be feasable from Australia :-)
No, Manila does not need two museums, it needs one museum and that is the RIHSPI one. Locals should aim to support this one and help where possible.
If anyone else has questions, or have heard some myths surrounding the recent changes, please feel free to email me and I shall answer here, in public, on the website. These can be sent to PRHS.Soci ety @ gmail . com (remove spaces)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I think the Inquirer journalist summed it all up last night when he closed with
"A DAMN GOOD PERSON"
We all know of her historical importance, its just sad that we only find out the greater person she was inside after her passing!
Farewell President Cory!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
If a regular railway service is again instituted in this busy place, one could think of no better a way than to spend a week around here photographing.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
THE SEARCH FOR BLUE OCTOBER
Friday, July 24, 2009
RAILFANNING - A HOBBY MEAN'T TO BE ENJOYED!
A HOBBY CREATED FOR FUN!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This little vehicle, the number of which could not be identified, is closed in behind a fence on Lucena station.
It seems to now be used for storage by a person living in the residence next to it.
Slowly rusting away, it would certainly make a great addition to the RIHSPI IC collection.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
In an effort to make it more obvious to PNR (and others it seems) that we are seperate groups, many of you would already know that the RIHSPI-ANZ has recently changed names back to what we were originally, 'Philippine Railway Historical Society'.
We have applied for a domain name, but in the interim we can now be found at:
and our email
PRHS.Society @ gmail. com (Remove spaces)
Sadly it has caused significant bad blood, but our whole board felt it best, in order to protect the RIHSPI in the Philippines from the endless misunderstandings through cultural differences.
This really does not change much other than the name.
The PRHS still aims to operate the way we have and, despite only limited advertising to last month (have launched a huge campain this month), have been experiencing a gradual increase in interest and membership.
Donations would be in the form of grants, so as to alleviate any risk of us being still confused as a single group, even though, in effect we would be helping.
So needless to say, the name has changed, but we remain firmly commited to railway preservation in the Philippines, now and in the future.
We also remain firmly commited to supporting the RIHSPI in the future - indeed another donation heads its way to the Vice-President tomorrow.
An official letter will go out to members, readers and PNR shortly as soon as time presents itself anyway. However we thought it best to clarify the situation for all.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
In recent weeks I have become very aware of cultural differences between Aussies and the Philippines.
Our different understanding of how things have been worded is a sad but regular thing we have to get used to.
One thing Aussies, well gunzel railfans anyway, seem to occasionally do is to become associated with a certain locomotive.
Over the years I have been associated, and it has even been mentioned in magazines, with 'Queensland Rail' 2142A and 'Freightcorp' 8216, the later of which is still constantly linked to me. It is quite a fun thing really and usually ends up leading to a special fondness for that locomotive from the railfan in question.
In the Philippines I have appeared to have semi-adopted 902, although I always thought it may end up being the mysterious 916.
She is a lovely locomotive, indeed the oldest operational (well possibly operational) locomotive in the PNR fleet.
Indeed it become the logo of the old 'RIHSPI-ANZ' and has gone on to be the same logo for the 'PRHS' who have the same goals.
Born in 1973 to parents General Electric, 902 was later adopted to the Manila Railroad Company. Its birth certificate listing it as number 39238 of model U15C. The locomotive went on to be part of the 'Philippine National Railway' fleet and has become the last operational 1st series U15C still operational with them.
What of the rest?
901 - Scrapped
902 - Available for operation - Stored Caloocan
903 - Beyond Economical Repair, to PNR thinking anyway.
904 - Half scrapped as 908.
905 - Scrapped
Heres hoping that 902 has a long future ahead of her, if not with the PNR in much needed freight traffic, then perhaps with the 'Railways and Industrial Heritage Society' of the Philippines if they realise her value.
Thankfully she is listed as in 'good condition' officially by PNR, which bodes well for the future.
See you again one day old girl.
Regards Brad Peadon
** Personal Views **
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Hard to believe really, but it is just over ten years since I first went to the Philippines and started a life time commitment of interest to that countries railways.
Back then Philippine railways were a different hobby.
A search of the internet revealed very little at all, while subject specific sites, other than a very outdated PNR one, were really unheard of.
Heading over for the first time in early 1999, I found myself armed with a couple of issues of magazines, a phone number for a driver called Jojo and very little real knowledge.
This trip saw me visit Caloocan and Tayuman, both far more friendlier places back then, as well as Espana, Buendia and Paco.
Many shots were taken, but as it was just a new interest, I didn't get quite the amount I should have.
Returning to Sydney I soon found myself missing the Philippines and wanting to go back. The return happened, but not for five years.
In the meantime I set up the 'Philippine Railways SIG' (later Philippine Railway Historical Society or PRHS) on the internet.
This initially consisted of a small Tripod website and a egroup (later Yahoogroups), the later of which continues to grow.
Over the years I have met so many people, some have become long term friends.
Through these people I have learnt so much about the Philippine railways, yet, there is still so much more to know - indeed I will never know half of the interesting history that exists there.
The four founding members who were at Caloocan to look at the BUDA cars are seen here with current RIHSPI board member Karel.
L to R: Karel, Harvey, Nick, Bill and Brad
Its great to take a look back at what has changed over the years.
We moved the website from Tripod to Geocities, then later converted to the use of Blogger. While the Geocities site still exists, it is not updated and will soon become history itself with Yahoo closing down their free website service in October.
We have extended our forums to include other types of Philippine transport, photography, modelling and even friendship based forums.
Things began to really change in 2007 when Bill, Harvey, Nick and myself visited the Caloocan workshops, saw the rusting hulks of the BUDA cars and decided then and there to start a preservation society in the Philippines, which later went on to be what we know as the 'Railways and Industrial Heritage Society Phils. Inc'.
This naturally progressed to include an Australian chapter of this group (RIHSPI-ANZ), which basically consisted of PRHS members. We instantly set about raising the worldwide profile of the society and start taking memberships and publishing a society magazine covering all manner of Philippine railway topics.
Today we are on the eve of some more big changes in the society and, while forced upon us, we feel we will become even bigger in the future.
We look forward to meeting people, sharing information, supporting Philippine societies and generally enjoying the wonderful hobby that is the Philippine Railways.