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Caloocan railway station

Caloocan Station
Sangangdaan Railway Station.jpg
Present location of the railway station, moved from the old historical location.
Other namesSangandaan, Caloocan, Samson Road
LocationSamson Road.
Sangandaan, Caloocan
Owned byPhilippine National Railways
Line(s) PNR Northrail (1891-1997, 2018 - Present)
Governor Pascual-FTI Shuttle Line
PlatformsSide platform
Tracks1, 1 side, 1 spur to the Caloocan Depot
Other information
StatusOperational
Station codeCAL/SGDN
History
OpenedMarch 24, 1891; September 10, 2018
Rebuilt2009 (partly)
Services
Preceding station   PNR   Following station
Terminus
Governor Pascual-FTI Line
toward FTI
Metro North Commuter
toward Tutuban
PNR Metro Commuter
North-South Commuter Line
Valenzuela
Caloocan
Asistio Avenue
C-3
Solis
Tutuban
Blumentritt
 LRT1 
Laong Laan
España
Santa Mesa
 LRT2 
Pandacan
Paco
San Andres
Vito Cruz
Buendia
Dela Rosa
Pasay Road
EDSA
 MRT3 
Nichols
Ninoy Aquino International Airport
FTI
Bicutan
Sucat
Alabang
Muntinlupa
Tunasan
San Pedro
Pacita MG
Golden City 1
Biñan
Santa Rosa
Golden City 2
Cabuyao
Mamatid
Banlic
Calamba

Caloocan railway station (also called as Sangandaan railway station) is a railway station of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) as part of the Governor Pascual - FTI line. It is rebuilt from its original location, now located and situated adjacent to Apolinario Mabini St., and along the railroad crossing on Samson Road in Caloocan, Metro Manila.

History

The original Caloocan Railway Station was located facing what is now the Caloocan depot. The station bore mute witness to the atrocities of the Philippine-American war, and its original station house is considered historical. However, it was partially demolished for NLEX 10.1 segment, and its railtracks severed from the main line for some time. The partial demolition garnered complaints from historians and train enthusiasts.

The original station sits beside the current girder storage facility for Leighton Builders, the contractors of the NLEX 10.1 segment, between the present locations of Asistio Avenue railway station and the new station along Samson Road.

The station was originally part of the railway line connecting Manila to northern Luzon. The station was abandoned in 1997 after services to Meycauayan ceased, but was supposed to be replaced by a new one in as a result of the rehabilitation of PNR Southrail and the Northrail project, a rebuilding of the line from Manila to Pampanga which would partly use the old right-of-way. The project commenced in 2007, construction has halted though as of 2011 and underwent many renegotiation, including a litigation as a result of the cancellation with the Chinese contractor.[1][2][3][4] On 2017, Caloocan and 16 other stations situated on the abandoned line will be rebuilt as part of the newly-revitalized elevated Northrail system serving from Tutuban in Manila to Clark in Pampanga, reviving its use once again as a railway station.

In conjunction, PNR reopened the Caloocan segment as part of the new at-grade Caloocan-Dela Rosa line, on August 1, 2018. However, boarding and alighting from this station was not yet possible then, as the location is very near the staging facilities for the construction of NLEX Segment 10.1.[5][6] It had to be cleared and reconditioned for reactivation by the PNR, which took more than a month.

Upon upgrading the line to stop at FTI instead of Dela Rosa station, PNR reopened the station to passengers on September 10, after many years of closure. [7][8]

The rails beyond this station to the north was dismantled and replaced with standard gauge tracks for the ill-fated NorthRail project. The same standard gague tracks were also dismantled during the construction of the overhead viaduct for the NLEX Segment 10.1. In 2017, the NorthRail right of way was modified, reinstating the at-grade tracks in tandem with an elevated railway leading to Clark. PNR has since been steadily reinstating the at-grade rails and service with the old Acacia railway station at Gov. Pascual Avenue in Malabon City being rebuilt, along with its railtracks.[9]

The railroad crossing on Samson Road was restored on November 23, 2018,[10] which enables the PNR to serve Malabon City once again. Services to Governor Pascual resumed on December 3, 2018, after two decades of hiatus.[11]

Nearby landmarks

The station is near major landmarks such as SM Center Sangandaan, Sangandaan Police Station, Caloocan Post Office, Caloocan City Central Fire Station and schools such as University of the East - Caloocan and STI College Caloocan.

Transportation Links

The station is accessible by jeepneys plying the C4 - Samson Road route starting from Malabon and Navotas through Bonifacio Monument and Manila Central University in Caloocan City.

Station Layout

L1
Platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform PNR Governor Pascual - FTI Line towards FTI and Tutuban (←)
Platform PNR Governor Pascual - FTI Line towards Governor Pascual (→)
L1 Concourse/
Street Level
Ticket Booths, Station Control, Shops, SM Center Sangandaan, Sangandaan Police Station, Caloocan City Central Fire Station. University of the East-Caloocan, STI College Caloocan, Markets


References

  1. ^ Northrail construction now 'on track', bayan-natin.blogspot.com, original article at The Manila Bulletin, retrieved October 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Philippine National Railways, retrieved October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ CAPEX Program (October 10, 2011), docs.google.com, retrieved October 20, 2011
  4. ^ Chinese foreign aid goes offtrack in the Philippines Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Roel Landingin for PCIJ (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism), retrieved October 20, 2011
  5. ^ "20 YEARS AFTER: DOTr sees 10,000 passengers taking PNR's reopened Caloocan-Dela Rosa line". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  6. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "After 20 years, PNR's Caloocan to Makati line to reopen". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  7. ^ [www.facebook.com]
  8. ^ Pateña, Aerol John. "PNR launches Sangandaan-FTI rail line". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  9. ^ [www.facebook.com]
  10. ^ [www.facebook.com]
  11. ^ [www.facebook.com]