The trolley slowed down before it came to a full stop. “We are here, sir,” announced the trolley driver and then he turned off the motor. After travelling for almost an hour on a wooden trolley which the locals call “skate” I was finally looking at the old train station of Hondagua.
My journey to this small barangay on the cove of Lamon Bay wasn’t planned at all. Less than two hours earlier, I was just talking to the person manning the local museum in Gumaca. He was an old man, about my age, and we were talking how people in Gumaca travelled in the past using the old Philippine National Railways train system. I mentioned that I was able to visit the old Gumaca train station early that day, and I was told by a man cutting off the grass on the railway track that the train may soon return to the part of Quezon. The guide mentioned that there’s another beautiful train station overlooking a picturesque bay in the next town of Lopez and it can be reached by riding on a “skate.”
I was originally planning to go next to Atimonan on my way back to Manila, but the possibility of seeing a train station by the bay made me all very excited. “How to get there?” I asked. “Easy. Just get on a jeepney bound for Lopez and ask the driver to drop you off at the terminal for tricycles going to ‘skate’ terminal,”