The Antipolo Extension Line is a defunct branch line of the PNR Main Line South from Santa Mesa, Manila to Antipolo City, Rizal.
The Manila Railroad Company has completed its line to Antipolo, the route was inspected by Governor General James Smith at the invitation of company officials. The new line will have train schedules at 9:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., The travel time from Manila to Antipolo takes one and a half hour stopping at Santa Mesa and Pasig stations.
Even before WWII, the line to Antipolo was abandoned, the Antipolo-Taytay section ceased operations on February 21, 1918 due to losses caused by maintennance costs and derailments, the section was paved and a substitute bus service was placed on May 1, 1937. By the start of the Japanese Occupation in 1941, the USAFFE ordered the Manila Railroad Company to destroy its rolling stock, numerous coaches and locomotives were brought to the Antipolo Line and were either blown up or burned.
The line was reconstructed and reopened up to Hulo, Mandaluyong on May 26, 1949 to serve the nearby Insular Sugar Refining Company (later known as Noah's Ark) and passenger services on June 21 to serve the employees of the same company, as well as nearby areas but the line was closed again in 1954 due to lack of passenger traffic.
The line was later rehabilitated during the term of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and General Manager Col. Nicanor Jimenez, the Santa Mesa-Hulo section was reopened in 1973 and to Guadalupe in 1974 as part of the expansion of the Metro Manila Commuter service, the line continued it operations for 9 years until the collapse of the San Juan river bridge in 1982. Plan to revive the Guadalupe line and eventually to Pasig was proposed in 1990 during the term of General Manager Pete Nicomedes Prado as part of the Metro Tren commuter service, unfortunately this project was not implemented.
(From a 1990 news article)
The Philippine National Railways has allocated P40 million for the rehabilitation of the 6.5-kilometer commuter line which runs from Santa Mesa, Manila to Guadalupe, Makati.
PNR General Manager Pete Nicomedes Prado said the line will be opened next year to serve as a convenient shortcut to passengers who regularly commute from central Manila to eastern and southern towns.
The line will complement the Metro Tren commuter service which runs from Kalookan City to Santa Mesa, Buendia, Makati to Carmona, Cavite and Paco, Manila to Calamba, Laguna.
The Guadalupe line connects Manila to San Juan, Mandaluyong and Makati, this line begins at a junction near the Santa Mesa station and ends at the foot of the Guadalupe bridge along Epifanio de los Santos Ave.
Along this line there are seven flagstops - Cordillera, Bagumbayan, Magalona, A. Bonifacio, Boni, Saniga and Hulo.
In 1983, after only 9 years of operation, the government shut down the Guadalupe commuter service. Passenger traffic was down and the San Juan bridge lies on the route collapsed.
Prado said the PNR will rebuild the 80-meter San Juan bridge. The Guadalupe line will serve as a feeder to the main PNR commuter trains.
Most sections of the line where converted to roads and illegal settlers built their houses in some parts like Hulo and Barangka Itaas in Mandaluyong while factories blocked the right of way of the line between Buayang Bato, Pineda and Bagong Ilog section beside the Pasig River after Guadalupe.
Antipolo line was also used for the numerous steam locomotives to be dumped or destroyed in the Pasig River during the start of the Japanese Occupation as a instruction the Manila Railroad Company received from the USAFFE.
The section of the Antipolo line from Tayuman Wye to Santa Mesa is still being used by Metro South Commuter services today.
The section from Taytay to Antipolo was opened on December 24, 1908, it ceased operations on February 20, 1918 due to heavy maintennance costs of tracks and the rolling stock, the steep grades also makes it nearly impossible for trains to climb up without another locomotive, one accident involved a coach that detached from the locomotive and rolled back near Taytay until it derailed where several passengers were injured.
|Main Line South||Blumentritt||2.7||LRT Line 1|
|To Pandacan and Paco via Manila Belt line|
|Taytay line||Fort McKinley|
|To Marikina and Montalban via Montalban line|
|Antipolo line||Hinulugang Taktak|
|San Juan River||80 meters||66 ft.||3 out of 4 posts still exists today|
|Marikina River||110 + meters||100 ft.||Neither a single post exists today|
The bridge over San Juan River linking Santa Mesa and Mandaluyong stations was said to have 4 posts (not three as seen today), the 4th post was probably the one that collapsed around 1983 resulting in the permanent suspension of services, its unknown if the bridge was rehabilitated before the expansion of services to Guadalupe, then mostly it was last repaired around 1948/1949 after the war.
There's no railroad bridge existed above the Manggahan floodway since it was only constructed 4 decades after the line was abandoned.
- Abad Santos Signal Box
- Blumentritt Signal Box Semaphore Tower
- San Juan River bridge posts
- Railtracks (Barangka Itaas segment)
- Taytay station (now a market)
- Hinulugang Taktak station
Some tracks are still existing and buried under the road at Parola St. in Cainta though some were accidentally dug up a few years ago.
The Antipolo Station Building, including its ticket booth was recently demolished to give way for the road widening project of Sumulong Circle, it was formerly located at the corner of Sumulong and San Jose St.