~~ PRHS Update ~~
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