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DID YOU KNOW: History of the Manila Railroad Company

/ 05:00 AM January 08, 2018

On Jan. 8, 1917, the Philippine government acquired Manila Railroad Company (MRRCo), the railway system in Luzon built by the Spanish.

Previously named the Ferrocaril de Manila-Dagupan, the railway began operating in 1891.

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Under the commonwealth government ownership, the railroad network expanded some 1,140 route-kilometers.

The first Bicol train began operations in 1931 and the unified railroad system from San Fernando, La Union, to Legazpi, Albay, was formally inaugurated in 1938.

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But during World War II, most of the improvements on the rail network were lost. —Marielle Medina

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