In one of our conversations during our recent food trips in Binondo, a famous blogger friend (itago natin sa pangalang Dong Ho) asked us what is the longest train ride we ever had. Most of my friends answered a whole-day train ride experience in and out of the country. I could only come-up with the Baclaran-North Avenue MRT ride.
I am such a loser when it comes to train rides. Although I have experienced the train system while navigating the ins and outs of Hong Kong, or went around Sentosa Island thru its mini monorail station or hopped and transferred in Suvarnabhumi Airport thru its new rail rink, a good opportunity for that long sweaty train ride never really presented itself.
I do hope to change that this year and actually experience a train ride that would last even a couple of hours. As I see it, my best chance would be thru the Philippine National Railroad System. I have heard stories, mostly unpleasant, about the PNR Bicol Express but I guess you will never really know unless you experience it.
One of the best blog posts I have seen on the PNR system is the post made by my idol (itago natin sa pangalang Ironwulf) where he compared the new and old trains of the PNR. This post was made in 2009 where the new trains really looked new and the old trains really looked, well, old. I wonder how they look like now four years after.
Note: All photos are taken on the rail road tracks of Naga City which runs parallel to Panganiban Drive of the CBD.