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June 26, 1875 - By virtue of a royal decree of King Alfonso XIII of Spain, the Inspector of Public Works of the Philippine Islands, Don Eduardo Lopez Navarro was required to submit a general plan for the establishment of a railroad line in the island of Luzon. After 5 months of conscientious study, he submitted the Memoria Sobre El Plan General de Ferocarilles en la Isla de Luzon.

Most sources stated that it happened on June 25, but the historical marker at Tutuban station which was installed in 1934 states that it was on June 26.

1878 - Leon Monsouur, official of the Department of Public Works submitted a proposal to Madrid for a streetcar system in Manila.

1882 - The "La Compania de Tranvias de Filipinas" was formed by Jacobo Zobel de Zangroniz, Luciano Bremo and Adolfo Bayo.

May 11, 1883 - The Memoria Sobre El Plan General de Ferocarilles en la Isla de Luzon was approved by King Alfonso XIII

The concession for the construction of the railroad from Manila to Dagupan, Pangasinan was first awarded to Don Edmundo Sykes and later transferred to Jorge Higgins Wellfith of the Manila Railroad Company Ltd. of London.

July 31, 1887 - The cornerstone of Tutuban station was laid on Iris St. in Tondo by Governor General Emilio Terrero, commencing the construction of the railroad from Manila to Dagupan, about 50,000 people attended the ceremony, Don Carlos Bertodano was the construction engineer.

January 25, 1888 - The Manila Railway Company Limited of London waa incorporated.

October 20, 1888 - The Manila-Malabon Line  was opened.

September 3, 1889 - Engineer Horace Higgins took over the Manila-Dagupan Line project.

March 24, 1891 - The Manila-Bagbag segment of the Manila-Dagupan railroad was opened.

February 2, 1892 - The Sulipan-Mabalacat segment of the Manila-Dagupan railroad was opened, coinciding with the Mabalacat's town's fiesta.

June 1, 1892 - The Bamban-Tarlac segment of the Manila-Dagupan railroad was opened.

November 24, 1892 - The Gerona-Dagupan segment of the Manila-Dagupan railroad was completed and put into operation, the ceremony was led by the inaugural train "Alfonso XIII".

May 1, 1894 - The Rio Grande de Pampanga Bridge between Calumpit and Apalit was completed, providing direct train services to and from Manila and Dagupan.

April 19, 1900 - Capt. William Sibert temporary replaced Horace Higgins as General Manager of the Manila Railway Company while US forces repair damages on the Manila-Dagupan Line caused by the Philippine-American War.

December 22, 1905 - The first segment of the Antipolo line from Manila to Pasig was opened.

February 22, 1906 - Segment of the Antipolo line from Pasig to Rosario and Taytay was opened.

March 17, 1906 - The segment of the Rosario-Montalban line to Marikina was opened.

January 6, 1908 - The Pasig Tramline was opened.

May 3, 1908 - First direct passenger train from Manila to San Roque, Cavite.

May 24, 1908 - Cavite Line from Paco to San Roque was formally opened.

August 1, 1908 - The section of the Main Line South, also known as the Batangas Extension from Muntinlupa to San Pedro was opened.

September 2, 1908 - The section of the Main Line South from San Pedro to Biñan was opened.

October 10, 1908 - The section of the Main Line South from Biñan to Santa Rosa was opened.

November 7, 1908 - The section of the Main Line South from Santa Rosa to Cabuyao was opened.

December 24, 1908 - The segment of the Antipolo line  from Taytay to Antipolo was opened.

August 6, 1910 - First segment of the Pagsanjan Line from Calamba to Los Baños was opened.

August 28, 1910 - Inauguration of the Iloilo-Capiz railroad of the Philippine Railway Company.

November, 1914 - The Tabaco-Legaspi-Iriga section of the Legaspi Division of the Manila Railroad Company was opened.

1915 - The Legaspi Division was extended up to Baao.

May 8, 1916 - Main Line South extension to Hondagua, Lopez, Tayabas was inaugurated.

May 10, 1916 - Operations to and from Manila and Hondagua/Calauag started.

March 13, 1917 - Eugene Reed was appointed as the first president of the government-owned Manila Railroad Company.

October 10, 1918 - The Tayug was extended from Rosales to San Quintin.

1919 - The station buildings of Mabalacat, Gerona, Moncada and Mangaldan were renovated, the construction of the railroad between Calauag and Aloneros, Guinayangan was authorized.

October 18, 1921 - Extension of the Legazpi Division iLne from Naga to Pamplona.

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1923 - Raising of track between Paniqui and Bayambang commenced, acquisition of additional rolling stock and reconstruction of the Cabanatuan, Marilao station buildings, and Calulut flag stop.

March 3, 1923 - Santo Niño station on the Rosario-Montalban Line was opened.

August 20, 1923 - The Los Baños-San Pablo cut-off line was opened. The Calamba-College section of the Santa Cruz-Pagsanjan Line was transferred to the Manila-Legazpi Line.

October 5, 1923 - Jose Paez was appointed as the first Filipino General Manager of the Manila Railroad Company,

March 21, 1927 - The speed of passenger trains was increased, freight services were extended from Lucena to Hondagua.

January 16, 1929 - The Bauang steel bridge was completed, enabling services from Bauang Sur to Bauang station.

May 16, 1929 - The Main Line North was extended from Bauang to San Fernando, La Union.

1929 - Track improvements between Bigaa (Balagtas) and San Fernando P. commenced.

1930 - The Lucena Express between Malvar-Aloneros and Manila-Lucena started operations.

March 15, 1930 - The Ilocos Express started operations.

November 26, 1930 - The Baguio Night Special resumed operations.

June 1931 - The Tarlac-Guimba segment of the Tarlac-San Jose, N.E. line was put into operations.

September 13, 1931 - Sipocot to Lupi section was opened.

June 1932 - The Guimba-Muñoz segment of the Tarlac-San Jose, N.E. line was put into operations.

June 23, 1933 - The first air-conditioned train in the Philippines between Manila and Baguio (Damortis) was inaugurated.

1934 - A Historical marker at Tutuban station was installed by the Historical Research & Markers Commitee (National Historical Commision).

November 17, 1938 - The last rail connecting the Southern Division from Manila to the Legaspi Division line was laid.

January 11, 1938 - Freight services from Manila to Legazpi commenced operations.

January 25, 1938 - The first through train from Manila to Legazpi was inaugurated by Pres. Manuel Quezon.

January 31, 1938 - The first run of the Bicol Express from Manila to Legazpi.

February 1, 1938 - First passenger train from Legazpi reaches Tutuban Terminal.

May 8, 1938 - Pres Manuel Quezon drove a golden spike in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, inaugurating the Manila-Bicol through services and the unified system from San Fernando, La Union to Legazpi, Albay.

1939 - The station building of San Miguel de Mayumo in the Cabanatuan line was rebuilt, a house for the agent at Pandacan station was added.

February 1, 1939 - The Tarlac-San Jose, N.E. line was completed.

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June 9, 1940 - The 11 cars of a freight train were derailed between Mambulo Viejo and Pamplona.

March 22, 1942 - The segment of the Main Line South from Sipocot to Legazpi was reopened.

June 20, 1942 - The Japanese Imperial Army restored services on the Main Line North to Damortis, Main Line South to San Pablo and the Cabanatuan line.

July 2, 1942 - The Japanese Imperial Army restored services on the Batangas line

July 5, 1942 - The Japanese Imperial Army restored services between Paco and Aloneros on the Main Line South.

July 21, 1942 - Services between Manila and San Fernando, La Union resumes operations.

March 21, 1943 - The San Quintin line was reopened, the Santa Cruz-Pagsanjan Line also resumed services but up to Pagsawitan only.

March 22, 1943 - Services between Manila and Legaspi resumes operations, a joint meeting of the officials and public were held at the same day coinciding with the celebration.

January 22, 1945 - Dagupan to San Fabian section reopened after repairs was made on tracks and bridges.

January 29, 1945 - Repairs on the Agno River Bridge was completed and the San Fabian-Tarlac was reopened for military purposes.

March 19, 1945 - The "MacArthur Special" train led the reopening of freight services between Manila and San Fabian, Pangasinan.

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April 30, 1945 - The 158th Infantry Regiment reopened the section from Legazpi to Iriga.

June 12, 1945 - Train services in the Bicol area was extended to Naga after the completion of Pawili bridge connecting Bula and Pili, Camarines Sur.

January 1, 1946 - The U.S. Army returned the control of the Manila Railroad Company to the Commonwealth Government.

December 1946 - President Manuel Roxas rode a train to visit Capiz.

February 20, 1947 - Services between College and Ligao, Albay resumed.

May 26, 1949The Manila-Hulo segment of the Antipolo line was reopened.

September 14, 1951 - Ramon Magsaysay was appointed as the General Manager of the Manila Railroad Company.

January 5, 1954 - Salvador Villa was appointed as the General Manager of the Manila Railroad Company.

April 15, 1955 - MRR signed a contract with General Electric for the acquisition of forty Diesel-Electric Locomotives as part of their Dieselization Program.

November 23, 1955 - First two Diesel-Electric Locomotives Nos. 3001 and 3002 of the Dieselization Program arrived in Manila.

1955 - Services on the Santa Cruz-Pagsanjan Line were restored up to Santa Cruz.

November 1, 1960 - A train consisting of 2 locomotives and 23 cars was assembled.

December 30, 1960 - Inauguration of the new Dining Cars of the Manila Railroad Company.

March 15, 1961 - Airconditioned cars were added to the Ilocos Express services.

July 15, 1961 - The Cagayan Valley Extension Project from San Jose, Nueva Ecija to Tuguegarao, Cagayan started.

August 20, 1961 - President Carlos P. Garcia rode the Presidential Car ABB-1 to inaugurate the Cityhood of Lucena, Quezon.

August 22, 1961 - Presiden Carlos P. Garcia unveiled the marker for Cagayan Valley Railroad Extension in Tuguegarao.

October 30, 1961 - President Carlos P. Garcia boarded the train to visit Pagbilao, Malicboy, Padre Burgos, Unisan, Atimonan, Siain, Gumaca, Lopez, Calauag and Tagkawayan stations while returnng to Manila but delayed for 3 hours after a log car was derailed and block the tracks.

November 24, 1961 - The longest train of the Manila Railroad Company was assembled consisting of 2 locomotives and 25 cars.

1962 - The Santa Mesa station was renovated.

October 27, 1963 - Pres. Diosdado Macapagal rode a train in the Bicol Region for his political rallies at Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Pamplona and Naga.

September 4, 1964 - Pres. Diosdado Macapagal boarded on a train at Santa Mesa and disembarked at Legazpi the next day.

December 30, 1965 — The first two of GE U10Bs (DELs 2501 & 2502) arrived in Manila.

January 6, 1967 - The Mayon Limited started its operations.

January 21, 1967 - Commuter services between Tutuban and San Fernando, Pampanga commenced.

October 14, 1967 - PNR started replacement of its tracks from 32 to 34 kilograms.

December 1967 - The first 5 of the 10 Alsthom locomotives arrived.

January 1968 - The last 5 of the Alsthom locomotives arrived, completing its fleet.

March 1, 1969 - Cabanatuan station resumes operations.

April 6, 1970 - Commuter service between Manila North Harbor and Biñan started operations.

1971 - PNR temporarily suspends it freight operations on the Main Line North due to the lack of usable freight cars.

July 15, 1972 - Inaugural Run of the Mayon Limited Special, also known as the Prestige.

July 21, 1972 - Mayon Limited Special (Prestige) started regular operations.

August 10, 1972 - PNR launches Food trains.

November 30, 1972 - President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda led the Inauguration of the Metro Manila Commuter Service between Tutuban and San Pedro, Laguna.

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? 1973 - A spur line was constructed for the the Greater Manila Terminal Food Market.

January 6, 1973 - Presidential Decree 110 puts the PNR under Civil Service Commission.

February 28, 1973 - The services of the Main Line North were restored.

April 27, 1973 - Launching of the "Maria Clara" Tourist train.

February 17, 1974 - The Amianan Express started operations.

March 16, 1974 - PNR acquired 20 Draisines/Track Bicycles from Japan through war reparations.

November 24, 1974 - The Hulo-Guadalupe segment of the Antipolo Line, also known as the Guadalupe Line, was reopened for commuter services.

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July 3, 1975 - Presidential Decree 745 provides the strengthening and expansion of PNR and holding all the assets of the MRRCo.

November 24, 1975 - New stations at Vito Cruz and Buendia and the double tracking from Paco to Pio del Pilar coincide with the 83rd Anniversary of PNR.

June 1976 - The Main Line South was partially rehabilitated, funded by Asian Development Bank.

October 28, 1976 - Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos witnessed the inauguration of the 2nd batch of the 30 Commuter Motor and Commuter Trailer Cars from Japan.

March 1, 1977 - The Bicol Metro Rail Commuter (BMRC) was launched between Hondagua and Naga.

January 25, 1978 - Laon-Laan station opened.

February 12, 1978 - The renovated station building at Lupi Viejo was inaugurated.

May 25, 1979 - The Philippine Railway Company was renamed Panay Railways Incorporated.

1983 - The San Fernando U-Mangaldan segment of the Main Line North halted operations.

1984 - The Dagupan-Gerona segment of the Main Line North temporarily halted operations, services were resumed later.

December 1 , 1984 - LRT 1 operations between Baclaran and Central Terminal started.

March 10-12, 1985 - PNR employees strike after funding from the goverment ceased.

1985 - Panay Railways ceased operations of its passenger services.

May 12, 1985 - LRT 1 operations between Carriedo and Monumento started.

September 18, 1986 - The Peñafrancia Express was launched.

1988 - The Dagupan-Gerona segment of the Main Line North and Tarlac-San Jose line was abandoned.

1989 - The Tarlac-Calumpit segment of the Main Line North and the Panay Railways freight services ceased operations, Panay Railways permanently ceased operations.

August 2, 1989 - PNR leased the Tutuban terminal and yard to the Gotesco Investment Inc. for the development of a commercial center.

December 14, 1989 - The Metroplex Program was launched, PNR Commuter services were renamed Metrotrak, later renamed to Metrotren.

April 2, 1990 - The Metrotren commuter service was extended up to Calamba.

May 10, 1990 - The Metrotren commuter service was extended to Meycauayan, Bulacan.

December 1990 - Pres. Cory Aquino led the restoration ot commuter services to San Fernando, Pampanga via the Metrotren program.

1991 - The Malolos-Marilao segment of the Main Line North halted its operations due to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

February 2, 1992 - The new and improved Workshop and Maintenance Shed at Caloocan Depot was inaugurated.

November 24, 1992 - The Centennial Celebration of the Philippine National Railways was held at Caloocan.

July 7, 1992 - The statue of Andres Bonifacio was unveiled at the former pedestal of the Tutuban station

June 1992 - Start of the Rehabilitation of the Main Line South under Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund program.

June 1, 1993 - Bidding for the Improvement and Modernization of PNR started.

February 21, 1994 - President Fidel Ramos led the inauguration the Tutuban Center Mall and the laying of the cornerstone for the new Tutuban Executive Station Building.

1994 - Rehabilitation of tracks from Lucena to Naga was completed.

February 1995 - Start of the Rehabilitation of tracks betwen España and San Pedro, two years delayed after the actual target date.

July 23, 1995 - Revitalization of the Main Line South between San Pedro-Lucena and Lucena-Legazpi was completed.

January 12, 1996 - President Fidel Ramos inaugurated the "Pabahay sa Riles", low and medium rise residential apartments between Paco and Vito Cruz stations.

May 30, 1996 - President Fidel Ramos inaugurated the Tutuban Executive Building.

1997 - The Caloocan-Meycauyan section of the Manila-San Fernando Line ceased operations due to maintennace costs and inadequate services.

December 15, 1999 - The MRT Line 3 was opened, servicing between North Avenue and Buendia.

July 20, 2000 - The section of the MRT Line 3 from Buendia to Taft Avenue was opened for services.

April, 2003 - The MRT Line 2 or Megatren was opened, servicing between Santolan and Araneta Center-Cubao.

April 5, 2004 - The section of the MRT Line 2 from Araneta Center-Cubao to Legarda was opened.

October 29, 2004 - The MRT-2 Recto segment was completed.

September 30, 2006 - The Travesia and San Cristobal Bridges were washed out, causing services to reach only as far as Binan, the San Pedro-Carmona Line was also closed due to lack of operational rolling stock

July 14, 2009 - Inaugural run of the Hyundai Rotem DMUs and unveiling of the new PNR Logo "Filtrack".

September 16, 2009 - Bicol Commuter services between Sipocot and Ligao inagurated, using 5 trips using DMU from Manila and 2 trips hauled by GE Locomotives.

March 22, 2010 - The section of the LRT-1 North Extension from Monumento to Balintawak was opened.

October 22, 2010 - LRT-1 Roosevelt station opened.

June 29, 2011- Bicol Express services resumed between Manila and Naga.

March 13, 2012 - Bicol Express and Mayon Limited services extended to Ligao.

October 28, 2012 - Bicol bound trains suspend it operations after the derailment in Sariaya, Quezon.

December 23, 2013 - The new station buildings of the Muntinlupa, San Pedro, Biñan & Santa Rosa stations were opened.

April 28, 2014 - Inauguration of the new Cabuyao and Mamatid stations buildings.

December 2, 2014 - Inauguration of the new Calamba station building, resuming its operations.

May 5, 2015 - PNR suspended its commuter services between Tutuban and Calamba after the recent derailment.

June 9, 2015 - Ceremony held for the groundbreaking of the MRT-2 Extension to Masinag.

July 23, 2015 - PNR resumes its commuter services between Tutuban and Alabang from its target date of June 15 the same time rehabilitation started.

2015 - MRT 3 new coaches from China are getting delivered.

September 18, 2015 - The Bicol Commuter Train from Naga to Legazpi was inaugurated, newly constructed stations at Iriga, Polangui, Ligao, Travesia and Daraga were opened the same day, the donated Kiha 350s from Kanto Railway were used.

April 2, 2016 - Groundbreaking ceremony for the MRT-7 project held.

June 11, 2016 - The new Hybrid Electric Train of DOST- MIRDC was launched.

October 5, 2016 - Services between Tutuban and Mamatid, Cabuyao resumed.

November 18 - 19, 2016 - Inspection from Tutuban to Naga for the resumption of provincial services.

2017 - DEL 918 and 919 are held over.

December 16, 2019 - INKA DMUs 8001 and 8002 (then TS 1 & 2) were placed in service.

December 2020 - 3 New DHLs and 15 Brand New Coached Arrived in Manila via the north Harbour.

February 14, 2022 - Inauguration of Lucena-San Pablo inter-provincial commuter services.