This site has been designed to display my photographs of the railway scene taken during four visits to Indonesia in
1987. At the time of the first two visits I had no idea of where to go or what to expect, indeed the first visit was a family holiday to
Yogyakarta with a side trip planned for
Madiun. The only information I had was from a neighbour in Singapore who visited Indonesia on business trips and reported seeing steam hauled coal trains, possibly in
Yogyakarta, and a guide book which mentioned "ancient trains" at Madiun and
All the photographs from this visit are now available for viewing. The first page covers
Yogyakarta and the surrounding area, the second covers
Madiun and Surakarta and the third covers
Ambarawa and the north coast line between Semerang and Jakarta. I have recently developed a system for digitising single frames of 8mm cine film (each frame is about 6mm x 4mm) into 600 x 400 pixel images and some of these appear in the second and third pages. Currently it is a very slow process but if I can improve it I will be able to add more pictures later. The pictures of B5220 show what is possible. The 1977 visit, also now available, is split into two pages, one for the
Jakarta area and one for the
Cirebon area. The 1985 pages were completed in summer 2001 and cover
South Sumatra and
1987 pages became available at the end of October 2001 in a new format which should load a bit faster. The other pages may be transferred to this
format later. Please visit my site for the Malayan Railway, which has over 700 photographs available.
You can click on each thumbnail on the above pages to see a larger picture.
Some pages may take a long time to load due to the number of pictures.
I am now planning an update
which will change the layout to do away with thumbnails and display pictures
directly on a scrolling page. I will also be adding history pages for each
owner/operator in which I hope to include maps of the system, details of the
motive power used and photographs where possible. Following is a list of all
first pages are already available.
Locations of Indonesian steam locomotives seen with dates.
of all locomotives seen with locations and dates.
of early Indonesian Trams.
Indonesian front page
Madiun and Surakarta 1976 Ambarawa
and north coast 1976 Jakarta 1977
Sumatra 1985 South
Sumatra 1985 Java 1985
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