Life along the Railway Tracks - Manila, Philippines

A Photographic Story

Commuters depart Alabang railway station on board a trolley   Homemade wooden carts take Filipinos to work or school without the hassles of traffic and at a cheaper price. These improvised carts ply the same railway tracks used by the trains of the PNR Metro Commuter Line. As soon as the train rumbles past, the men heave their homemade carts back onto the tracks and passengers hop aboard.  Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/400 sec.

Commuters depart Alabang railway station on board a trolley

Homemade wooden carts take Filipinos to work or school without the hassles of traffic and at a cheaper price. These improvised carts ply the same railway tracks used by the trains of the PNR Metro Commuter Line. As soon as the train rumbles past, the men heave their homemade carts back onto the tracks and passengers hop aboard.

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/400 sec.


“Trolley boys” returning to Alabang Station to collect more commuters   Scores of commuters in a city of about 11 million are propelled to their destinations by “trolley boys” pushing makeshift carts that travel a few sections of the sprawling capital’s railways.  The resilience of these boys is truly amazing.  Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/320 sec.

“Trolley boys” returning to Alabang Station to collect more commuters

Scores of commuters in a city of about 11 million are propelled to their destinations by “trolley boys” pushing makeshift carts that travel a few sections of the sprawling capital’s railways.

The resilience of these boys is truly amazing.

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/320 sec.


A PNR train approaches San Andres station, Manila, Philippines   The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is a state owned railway company. As of 2016, it operates one  commuter rail  service in  Metro Manila  and local services between  Sipocot ,  Naga City  and  Legazpi City  in the  Bicol Region .  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/400 sec.

A PNR train approaches San Andres station, Manila, Philippines

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is a state owned railway company. As of 2016, it operates one commuter rail service in Metro Manila and local services between Sipocot, Naga City and Legazpi City in the Bicol Region.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/400 sec.


Commuters waiting for a train at Buendia station   Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/250 sec.

Commuters waiting for a train at Buendia station

Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/250 sec.


Commuters on aboard a trolley travelling on a bridge crossing the Pasig River   These improvised carts ply the same railway tracks used by the trains of the PNR Metro Commuter Line.  Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/500 sec.

Commuters on aboard a trolley travelling on a bridge crossing the Pasig River

These improvised carts ply the same railway tracks used by the trains of the PNR Metro Commuter Line.

Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/500 sec.


A passenger jeepney and motorcycle wait at a level crossing for a train to pass   Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/500 sec.

A passenger jeepney and motorcycle wait at a level crossing for a train to pass

Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/500 sec.


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Commuters travelling on board a trolley approaching Alabang station

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/400 sec.


Commuters cross the railway tracks to exit Edsa station   Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/400 sec.

Commuters cross the railway tracks to exit Edsa station

Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/400 sec.


A train approaches Pasay Road station   Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 100 mm, F 2.8, 1/640 sec.

A train approaches Pasay Road station

Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 100 mm, F 2.8, 1/640 sec.


A trolley operator takes an early morning coffee break, while waiting for passengers   Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/500 sec.

A trolley operator takes an early morning coffee break, while waiting for passengers

Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/500 sec.


A trolley operator takes a much needed rest   Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/250 sec.

A trolley operator takes a much needed rest

Pandacan, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/250 sec.


A view inside the train carriage outside of rush hour   Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 2.0, 1/100 sec.

A view inside the train carriage outside of rush hour

Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 2.0, 1/100 sec.


A portrait of a Filipina   This dear lady lives here, under a flyover and next to the railway tracks.  Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/80 sec.

A portrait of a Filipina

This dear lady lives here, under a flyover and next to the railway tracks.

Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/80 sec.


A baby sleeps next to the railway tracks   Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/160 sec.

A baby sleeps next to the railway tracks

Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/160 sec.


Cooking between the railway tracks   Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/125 sec.

Cooking between the railway tracks

Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/125 sec.


Cooking next to the railway tracks   Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/250 sec.

Cooking next to the railway tracks

Sta Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 1.4, 1/250 sec.


Commuters depart Alabang railway station on board a trolley   Homemade wooden carts take Filipinos to work or school without the hassles of traffic and at a cheaper price.  Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/320 sec.

Commuters depart Alabang railway station on board a trolley

Homemade wooden carts take Filipinos to work or school without the hassles of traffic and at a cheaper price.

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/320 sec.


Commuters waiting for a train at Bicutan station   Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/640 sec.

Commuters waiting for a train at Bicutan station

Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/640 sec.


Commuters arrive at Alabang Station   Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/500 sec.

Commuters arrive at Alabang Station

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/500 sec.


Alabang Station   Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/500 sec.

Alabang Station

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/500 sec.


Commuters waiting for a train at San Andres station   Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/400 sec.

Commuters waiting for a train at San Andres station

Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 70 - 200 mm, F 4.0, 1/400 sec.


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Fully loaded

Pandacan station, Manila, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 35 mm, F 2.0, 1/500 sec.


Alabang Station   Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/320 sec.

Alabang Station

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/320 sec.


Alabang Station   Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/500 sec.

Alabang Station

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/500 sec.


Approaching Alabang Station   Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.  Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/400 sec.

Approaching Alabang Station

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Canon EOS Mk III, EF 135 mm, F 2.0, 1/400 sec.


This is an ongoing story, from time to time I will add more images to the story.


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