13 November 2010

Commemorating 143 years of railways in Indonesia

On 29 October 2010 a special train was run from Semarang Tawang Station to Tanggung Station. This 25 kilometer trip along Indonesia's first railway line commemorates the 143th anniversary of railways in Indonesia.

Departure from Tawang Station, Semarang. at 07:00 AM

Arrival at Tanggung Station, 1 hour 30 minutes later

The special train was made up of two coaches (converted GW cement trucks) and a YR truck, hauled by a Krupp D301 diesel engine disguised as NIS 01. NIS, of course, stands for Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (NISM), the first railway company in Indonesia that had build the Semarang-Tanggung line.

For this trip guests were asked to dress in 'period' costumes.

This train will later serve as a tourist train running along the scenic Ambarawa-Tuntang line.

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