RIHSPI featured on Investigative Documentaries

RIHSPI and its photo collection were featured on Riles, an episode of GMA News TV’s Investigative Documentaries. RIHSPI Trustees Jaime Tiongson and Victor Dennis Nierva provide valuable insights on the past and present situation of railways of the Philippines.

Synopsis from GMA News TV:

Nakasakay ka na ba ng tren sa Pilipinas? Kamusta ang biyahe?

Mahigit isang siglo na mula nang magkaroon ng riles at tren sa bansa. Dati may 161 na istasyon ng tren mula La Union hanggang Bicol. Ngayon, 26 na lang.

Dati’y may biyahe pa patungo sa Hinulugang Taktak sa Antipolo. Ngayon, poste na lang ang natira dito. Sa Damortis station sa La Union, natigil ang biyahe noong dekada 80. Sa Bicol, ang biyahe sa pagitan ng Sipocot hanggang Naga City na lang ang gumagana.

Bakit nawala ang mga linya natin ng tren sa halip na lumawak at dumami? Ito pa naman ang isa sa pinakamura na paraan ng pagbiyahe.

Samahan ninyo ang Investigative Documentaries na hanapin ang mga dating ruta ng tren na sa alaala na lang pwedeng balikan. May pag-asa pa bang lumawak ang abot ng pinakamurang paraan ng transportasyon? Abangan sa Investigative Documentaries, kasama ang Metrobank Journalist of the Year na si Malou Mangahas sa GMA News TV Channel 11.

Originally aired on Thursday, November 21, Riles will be replayed on Sunday, November 24 at 12:45pm. The replay will coincide with the 121st anniversary of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) and the 6th anniversary of RIHSPI.

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RIHSPI tours LRT-1 Depot

PASAY CITY – RIHSPI members and guests visited the LRTA Line 1 Pasay Depot last March 31, 2012 for an educational tour as part of its railway awareness campaign. Tour participants were able to view maintenance and operational procedures up close, gaining knowledge about how mass transit systems work.

Tour participants got a first hand technical explanation courtesy of the LRTA engineers.

RIHSPI previously visited this depot along with the Line 2 Depot last August 28, 2010. For 2012, RIHSPI plans to conduct multiple tours to various railway facilities in addition to more work activities to entice present members and to attract future applicants.

RIHSPI members and guests led by President Karel Brouwers (2nd from left) pose for a group photo.

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RIHSPI photographs featured on new PNR website

Photographs from RIHSPI’s 350 MR Collection are being featured in the new Philippine National Railways website as part of its “History in Pictures” gallery.

The gallery contains several photos from Laguna, Manila, Caloocan, and the Aringay-Baguio line in the early 1900s. The online gallery is styled to look like the photo frames that were used on the 350 MR exhibits in Tutuban and San Pablo, Laguna.

The 350 MR Collection was acquired by RIHSPI member, Jaime F. Tiongson from the United States National Archives in 2008. The collection features the activities of the Manila Railroad Company from 1907 to 1917.

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APHTRO : Asia Pacific Railway Heritage Conference 2012

The Asia Pacific Heritage and Tourist Rail Organization (APHTRO) will be having its inaugural conference to be held in Solo, Indonesia from June 7 to June 11, 2012. Everyone with an interest in heritage railways and museums will be warmly welcomed. This is a good opportunity to enjoy the magnificent heritage railways of Indonesia and to learn about the heritage railways of Asia.

For booking and registration details, please visit: http://aphtroconference.web.fc2.com/

RIHSPI is a member of the APHTRO working group.

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RIHSPI Trustees and Officers 2012

The newly elected officers and trustees of RIHSPI are the following:

Karel Brouwers, President
Alberto Nual, Vice President
Juan Carlos Salamat, Secretary
Jaime Tiongson, Treasurer
Trustees: Victor Dennis Nierva, Rodney Orca, and Edlee Tusi

Trustee elections were done completely online last February 2012, a first for the Society. Election of the officers were held a month later, on March 4, 2012 at the PNR Tutuban Station.

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