PNR 8000 class

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PNR 8000 class
Tutuban PNR station (v2) 8000 class 2019-12-21.jpg
An 8000 class train set at Tutuban station in December 2019.
INKA 8000 class DMU interior 2019-12-21.jpg
The interior of the 8000 class in December 2019.
In service2019–present
ManufacturerPT INKA
Built atMadiun, Indonesia
Family nameINKA K3 coach
ReplacedKiHa 350
KiHa 52
(for Metro North Commuter Services)
Entered serviceDecember 16, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-12-16)
Number built6 vehicles (2 sets)
Number in service6 vehicles (2 sets)
Formation3 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers8001–8002
Capacity750 passengers
Operator(s)Philippine National Railways
Line(s) servedPNR Metro Commuter Line
Car body constructionStainless steel
Train length62.1 m (203 ft 9 in)
Car length20.7 m (67 ft 11 in)[a]
Width2.99 m (9 ft 10 in)[b]
Height3.83 m (12 ft 7 in)[c]
Doors3 per side, double-leaf pocket-type
Wheelbase2.2 m (7 ft 3 in) (bogie)
Maximum speed100 km/h (62 mph)
WeightHead cars: 42 t (93,000 lb)
Intermediate car: 37 t (82,000 lb)
Prime mover(s)Cummins QSN14
Engine type4-stroke radiator-cooled engine
Power output193–391 kW (259–524 hp)
HVACRoof-mounted air conditioning units (1 unit per car; 3 units per train)
BogiesINKA bolsterless bogies:
MB-207 (motorized axles)
TB-607 (unpowered axles)
Braking system(s)Knorr-Bremse pneumatic
Coupling systemJanney coupler
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The PNR 8000 class (also known as the INKA DMUs together with PNR 8100 class) is a diesel multiple unit (DMU) train operated by the Philippine National Railways (PNR) since 2019.[5][6]


PNR signed a contract worth 485,312,600.00 (US$9.7 million) with the Indonesian firm PT INKA on January 22, 2018, for the purchase of two sets of 3-car DMUs as part of the Reliability and Availability Program. The project was funded from the budget of the then-Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) as allocated in the 2015 General Appropriations Act. In 2018, PNR received a budget through the 2018 General Appropriations Act for the purchase of trains.[7]

Design and features[edit]

The trains were manufactured by the Indonesian firm Industri Kereta Api, also known as INKA. The 8000 and 8100 DMUs and the 8300 class coaches are all given the designation K3 during their test runs in Indonesia.

Car body[edit]

The design of the 8000 class was based from PT Kereta Api's existing EA203 series electric multiple units (EMUs), Minangkabau Express, Adi Soemarmo International Airport Railink, Yogyakarta International Airport Railink & Solo Express diesel electric multiple units (DEMU), but the number of doors were increased from two to three double-leaf sliding doors per side.

The livery consists of a white body with a black design in the windows and blue stripes underneath it. The driver cabs, on the other hand, have a black and orange design with the PNR logo underneath the windshield.


The trains are the first in the entire PNR system to feature an LED passenger information system display in each train car. Seats are colored orange and longitudinal-type.

The design capacity of a three-car trainset is 750 passengers.[2]


The INKA DMUs were inaugurated at Dela Rosa station on December 16, 2019, together with PNR and the Department of Transportation officials. It entered revenue service on the same day.[2]

From December 16, 2019, to January 14, 2020, PNR offered free rides on these trainsets between Tutuban and FTI and vice versa, but with 20-passenger limit per station only.[8] Initially, the trainsets were planned to reach Alabang station, but was delayed due to track obstruction and security problems.[9] A trial run to the Alabang station performed by an 8000 class train was conducted on March 1, 2020,[10] followed by passenger trial runs later that month.[11][12]

From December 2019 to March 2020, the trains serviced the Metro South Commuter line from Tutuban to FTI stations and vice versa, and since June 1, 2020, the trains now service the Metro North Commuter line from Governor Pascual to Bicutan stations and vice versa.[13] While running from Governor Pascual to Bicutan, the LED screen displays the train going to FTI instead of Bicutan. Occasionally, the trains service the Metro South Commuter line when the Hyundai Rotem DMUs occupy the MNC services.[14]

As of April 2023, 8001 is servicing the San Pablo to Calamba Inter Provincial Commuter Route.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

After the inauguration of the 8000 class, multiple stoning incidents were recorded in December 2019. The old trains were involved at the incidents such as the PNR Hyundai Rotem DMU, 203 series, and the KiHa 35. The 8000 class were also involved at the stoning incident. The cause of the incidents were from a group of minors that throw stones and sometimes used a slingshot.[15][16]

  • 14 stoning incidents were reported from December 2 to 21, 2019, including a stoning incident in one 8000 class train.[17]
  • On December 28, 2019, an 8000 class was obstructed between España and Sta. Mesa stations.[18]



  1. ^ Length with couplers. The car length without couplers is 20 meters (65 ft 7 in).[1]
  2. ^ The maximum width with the signal lights is 3.18 meters (10 ft 5 in).[1]
  3. ^ Height with air conditioning units. The height without the air conditioning units is 3.53 meters (11 ft 7 in).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Diesel Multiple Unit Philippine National Railways". Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "PNR deploys new Indonesian-made trains". ABS-CBN News. December 16, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "フィリピン国鉄(PNR)8000・8100 Series". (in Japanese). Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  4. ^ "Diesel Generator Set QSN14 Series" (PDF). Cummins. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  5. ^ Philippine News Agency (December 16, 2019). "New PNR railcars make inaugural run". Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "PNR unveils 2 brand new diesel multiple unit trains bought from Indonesia". Manila Standard. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "DOTr- PNR Signs Contract To Acquire 2 New Trainsets from Indonesia" (Press release). Department of Transportation. January 22, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  8. ^ mmz 919 (December 18, 2019). Riding the new PNR PT INKA DHMU: mmz 919 Mini Vlog #1. YouTube. Event occurs at 2:34. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  9. ^ Lalu, Gabriel Pabico (December 11, 2019). "New trains won't reach Alabang station, PNR cites track obstruction, security problems". Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "Inka DMU first time at Alabang". YouTube. September 14, 2020. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  11. ^ PNR PT INKA DHMU 8000 Series TS 1 (8001) First-ever Commercial Run from Alabang arriving Bicutan Stn. YouTube.
  12. ^ PNR PT INKA DMU 8002 cruising at the Posadas Vicinity of the PNR Line | March 13, 2020. Facebook.
  13. ^ PNR Trains at Bicutan Station Vicinity on GCQ Day 21 [PART 1: PT INKA DHMUs]. YouTube. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  14. ^ PNR PT INKA DHMU 8000 Series in Metro South Commuter Service Compilation (October 13, 2020). YouTube. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  15. ^ Aquino, Vick (February 23, 2020). "PNR nababahala na sa pambabato sa mga tren". Abante TNT. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  16. ^ "DOTr appeals to the public to report PNR stone-throwing incidents". CNN Philippines. December 28, 2019. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  17. ^ Panganiban-Perez, Tina (December 26, 2019). "Trains damaged in 14 stone-throwing incidents in December 2019, says PNR". GMA News. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  18. ^ SONA: Yero, gulong at iba pang basurang puwedeng makasira sa tren ng... (YouTube). December 30, 2019. Retrieved December 30, 2021.