Apart from providing the venue or medium for full public disclosure and transparency especially in matters such as PNR’s procurement and bidding and procedures, or ITS annual reports and financial statements, this website has been designed so that not only does it inform but in many ways delight anyone who seeks information about PNR.

Notice its major sections, which are generally divisible into its past, the present, and glimpses into the future. Trains and railroads are unique in that they one of the elder offspring of technology. The early technology of the Industrial Age. Thus they accompany many a nation’s history. As the colonial era came to a close, they arrived in the Philippines. As Philippine Revolution erupted in 1896, the first trains were running between Manila and Dagupan; and when the Philippine Revolutionaries found new antagonists in the American colonial forces, both used the Ferrocaril on their way to the northern Luzon war fronts.

And it is not just a past but a “storied” past. And right now it is not just the “reality” of the present, which swiftly changes into the future. And the railroad is one of our “connections” to it. The importance of railroads can be argued many ways such as the economies of freight volumes in the transfer of goods from production source to consumption centers, but none can perhaps equal the experience of a speeding landscape, a station at dawn, or the simple pilgrimage to a place seen for the first time.

That is a benefit as much human as economic. And that is what we would like the reader to experience in this website. Make the ride and visit—literal or virtual—always new and interesting as we try to update our contents as often as possible or necessary. And make the journey as pleasant and exciting as the destination—the trains that are now running and the places that many of us will be visiting for the first time.

Welcome to the new PNR website. Welcome to the new PNR.


Junio M. Ragragio