The illegal trolley ride along Sta. Mesa to Pandacan Manila’s railway is dangerous. But it has an irresistible draw amid hard times: It’s cheap and doesn’t use oil.
For years, dozens of desperate men in Manila’s working-class district of Pandacan have used a 2-mile stretch of state-owned rail that cuts through the congested community to ply their dangerous trade. When no chugging trains are in sight, they sneak their eight-seat trolleys – small, metal-wheeled carts with benches fashioned from scrap wood – on the railway to ferry students, office workers and even policemen on short trips within Anonas to Pandacan.
A ride costs ten pesos or (40 U.S. cents), much cheaper than open-sided Jeepneys, smoke-belching buses, rickety taxis or the limited commuter train service. Driver earns up to 200 pesos ($4) a day, barely enough to feed his family and afford his small luxuries: cigarettes and a bottle of beer
The PNR track is not only for the PNR trains because in some areas in Manila, trolleys are the kings of the rail. Try the open air trolley ride along PNR rail from Sta. Mesa Station to Beata Station in Pandacan for only P10.00. They operate from dawn up to 10PM, sometimes even beyond.
A source of livelihood for trolley drivers and the fastest way of transportation for some commuters. This is Filipino ingenuity!
Try the open air trolley ride along PNR rail from Sta. Mesa Station to Beat a Station in Pandacan for only P10.00. They operate from dawn up to 10PM, sometimes even beyond.
The Railway is not only for the trains. Some areas in Manila particular in Annona’s, trolleys are the kings of the rail. Approximately 2 mile from Santa Mesa Station to Pandacan.