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Bicol Express: 1 more test run before regular trips

Naga City (June 17 2011) - Leaving nothing to chances on matters of safe and reliable travel, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) shall do a final test run of the Bicol Express on June 22, one week before the start of its regular runs.

The test train that rolls in several air-conditioned and sleeper coaches shall travel at night from from Manila to Naga City to simulate the usual travel environment and schedules.

The Bicol Express did 2 previous test runs last year and 1 back in May.

According to Engineer Constancio Toledano, the Division Chief for Operations, the test run shall enable the PNR to assess the reliability of its trains as well as the newly renovated railroad tracks.

Toledano said the formal re-opening of the Bicol-Manila route is scheduled on July 1 - based on the assurance of Atty Jun Ragrario, the General Manager of PNR. (Noriel Oya)