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Line to the South

The official linking with appropriate ceremonies of the Bicol line with the main trunk of the Manila of the Manila Railroad Company at the town of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, marks the beginning of a new era in Philippine railroad transportation across the formidable gap hitherto negotiated by means of an overwater trip of several hours, the rails have been strung to enable the traveler to make the long Manila-to-Legaspi trip in the space of 12 hours.

 

The achievement is a credit to the efficient management of the Manila Railroad Company. Through many lean years, during which it has been the object of severe criticism, it emerges today out of the red, not only in the matter of finances, but in that of demonstrated initiative and enterprise.

 

The completion of the Manila-to-Legaspi line and the discontinuance of unimportant lines shows that the company is figuring on the long pulls to carry its indispensable service to the people.

 

(Photo from The Herald, May 9, 1938)

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Taken on May 9, 1938