Java, Indonesia, October/November 1976.
Photographs of the railways around Yogyakarta, Madiun, Surakarta, Ambarawa and Jatibarang
This page shows photographs taken in and around Yogyakarta in October 1976.
This was my first visit to Indonesia and I had no prior knowledge of what to expect, apart from a neighbour telling me that he had seen steam-hauled coal trains somewhere in Indonesia during a business trip, and a note in a guide book stating that "ancient trains" could be seen at Madiun.
There are 68 photographs on this page so please be patient while they all load. Clicking on each thumbnail will display a larger picture of around 640 x 480 pixels, although some are larger and some smaller. The photographs are displayed in the order in which they were taken and you will notice that on this page there are a lot of diesels and all the steam locomotives are of the same class, D52 2-8-2's. Fortunately this situation changed dramatically over the next few days and by the end of the holiday I had photographed more than 25 different steam classes, several of them still active. Subsequent visits in 1977, 1985 and 1987 produced even more, although by the latter year only two were in steam. Surprisingly, one of these was built in 1879, so was 108 years old!
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Above: D30162 shunting at Yogyakarta 22nd October 1976.
Above: BB200.02 arriving at Yogyakarta with a train from Surabaya on 22nd October 1976.
Below: BB200.02 with the same train a few moments later.
Above: D52064 at Yogyakarta with a rare steam-hauled passenger train on 22nd October 1976.
Below: BB201.08 at Yogyakarta on 22nd October 1976.
Above: MCW railcar and a local passenger train at Yogyakarta.
Below: D52064 departs from Yogyakarta on the line to Surakarta with a local passenger train on 22nd October 1976.
Above: D52064 crosses the main road through Yogyakarta with its passenger train for Surakarta on 22nd October 1976.
Below: D52011 is shunting coaching stock at Yogyakarta the following morning, 23rd October 1976.
Above: D52011 has hauled the ECS into the depot yard at Yogyakarta on 23rd October 1976.
Below: A BB200, possibly 07, in the yard at Yogyakarta on 23rd October 1976.
Above and below: 2 more views of D52011on carriage shunting duties around Yogyakarta.
Above: The shed at Yogyakarta housed D52 2-8-2 D52025 undergoing major repairs on 23rd October 1976.
Below: Yogyakarta turntable.
Above and below: The approaches to Yogyakarta station and shed from the west.
Above: BB30153 crossing the main road in Yogyakarta on 23rd October 1976.
Above and below: D52011 pauses by the station between duties on 23rd October 1976.
Above: Tegelsari station on 24th October 1976, on the roadside railway/tramway to Setjang (now Secang), Parakan & Ambarawa. The railway ran alongside, or close to, the road from Yogyakarta to Magelang.
Below: The volcano/earthquake/flood-damaged bridges which had closed the road and railway. Our bus crossed a temporary bridge which was put in place until new bridges could be built further east, but the railway never reopened.
Above and below: Roadside stations north of Yogyakarta by the road to Magalang.
Above: Leman station, north of Yogyakarta.
Above and below: A passing loop north of Yogyakarta on 24th October 1976.
Above and Below: D30130 at Yogyakarta on 24th October 1976.
Above and 2 below: BB200.29 arriving at Yogyakarta with a train from the east on 24th October 1976.
Above: A D52 2-8-23 stands in the train shed at Yogyakarta with an eastbound freight.
Below: D52045 seen from the parking area at Yogyakarta. Next 4 pictures.
Above: CC20019 waits to leave Yogyakarta with an express for Surabaya on 25th October 1976.
Below: BB200 07 waits to leave Yogyakarta with a local train for Madiun.
Above: DMU MCW 300001 was being towed by BB222 07 on the Madiun local.
Below: CC20019 leaving for Surabaya.
Above: A variety of coaches in different liveries forms the Surabaya express.
Below: D52086 stands in Yogyakarta station.
Above: D52042 in the yard at Yogyakarta.
Below: D52074 stands dead with its smokebox door open in the shed at Yogyakarta.
Above: D52025 looks unlikely to steam again as it stands rusting away in the shed.
Below: The future is brighter for D52015 and D52045 as they stand in steam ready for their next duty.
Above: D52074 stands just inside the shed, almost obscuring D52025 ob 25th October 1976.
Below: D52015 and D52045 wait patiently.
Above and below: D52044 comes on shed.
Above: D52025 stands folornly inside Yogyakarta shed,
Below: Bullion van!!!
Above: D52045 has come into the station while below D52015 has teamed up with D52064 on an eastbound freight.
Above: D52015 and D52064 cross the main road at Yogyakarta on 26th October 1976.
Below: Later the same day and D52015 is on its own with this freight.
Above: A BB200 stands in the yard with a DMU.
Below: BB200 07 with a Dmu waits at the other end of the station with a train for Madiun.
Above & below: D52084 (with tender from D52095) passes Yogyakarta with an eastbound freight just after dawn on 27th October 1976.
Above: Assorted coaching stock at Yogyakarta.
Below 2 pictures: A D52 2-8-2 trundles through the station with a Pertamina oil train.
Above: D52055 stands in Yogyakarta station.
Below: The Volcano behind this coach (Merapi) erupted violently a few days later. It happened as we were being driven up to Semerang and the whole area we had been in was covered in ash.
Above: This freight train at Lempuyangan totally obstructed the depot as we passed. Our plan to return here a few days later did not materialise!
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