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Address: Jl. Stasiun Ambarawa 1, Ambarawa, Semarang, Indonesia
Phone: (0298) 591 035
GPS Coordinate: S7°15'56.2" E110°24'7.7" (view map)
Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa has witnessed that in the past the train had triumphed. In addition to store a collection of train history in Indonesia, here too, there are old train locomotives that are still powerful.
A well-known fortune teller in Kediri Kingdom, Jayabaya, once said "ana yen ana ramening jaman, Tanah Jawa bakal sabukan wesi" (a time when the world was crowded, the Land of Jawa would be iron-belted). In the middle of 19th century, the prediction proved correct. The railway started being built for the first time in Java in the year of 1864 and continued to be built along the island so it became the belt that united Java. Train as the mean of public transportation has given space for people in West, Central, and East Java to get to know each other and greet each other. At that time the existence of the train was much more popular than horse carts, or cars. Station after station was built to facilitate travel. Since during the time of the Dutch East Indies, Ambarawa region was a military area, the Netherlands Indische Spoorweg Maatscappij (Dutch Train Bureau) built a the train station in Ambarawa with the name of Willem 1 Train Station for transporting troops to Semarang. In 1976, the station was converted into Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa with the main collection of 21 steam locomotives placed in an open area, spread out under the thick trees. Some old locomotives have historical value. C28 locomotive made "in Germany was the locomotive that helped the escape of President Sukarno from Jakarta to Yogyakarta in 1946. While the locomotive D5106 served in Hedjaz Railway lines and transported the pilgrims as well as the Turkish army logistics.
When YogYES arrived at Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa, the atmosphere was not so crowded because the day was growing late. The building resembling the old locomotives and train cars that were used to function as the station's office to welcome anyone who comes. Today the building fungtions as a showroom, a place to store some collections of the museum such as the old-fashioned telephones, typewriters, adding machines, telegraph machines, ticket stamp, up to a variety of hats machinist. In addition, there are photographs about the history of railways in Indonesia. On left and right sides of the building, a comfortable wooden chair lined up used for enjoying the fresh evening breeze. Bunch of boy seemed to be playing ball in between the rails, an old locomotive, and touring lorry. In the holiday season, weekend, or when many tourists visit, train tour lorries with a capacity of 15-20 passengers will be run along the rails Ambarawa - Tuntang. Unfortunately when YogYES visited, the touring lorry was not operating.
Next to the lorry there is a green steam train carriages with yellow ornaments. Usually the car capacity of 80 people was pulled by a locomotive B5202 or B5203 which is an old locomotives made "Maschinenfabriek Esslingen, Germany. Although is old, the only locomotive left in three places in the world, it is still able to pull the train cars and climb mountains to Bedono Station. The fares are very expensive for a departure, but it is comparable with the experience gained while riding the steam train this jagged. Along the way, your eyes will be spoiled with the charming landscape of rice paddies and fields with the background of Mount Merbabu and Mount Ungaran, and Rawa Pening (Swamp Pening) in the distance. Not just a mere sightseeing train, the journey is both a flashback of railway tracks in Indonesia.
Monday - Sunday, at 08:00 - 16:00 WIB