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Click here for the home page of the Ambarawa Railway Museum in Central Java, Indonesia.
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In the nature of things Indonesian, progress at Ambarawa tends to come in spurts followed by a long period where nothing seems to be happening.
This page will undoubtedly reflect this. Established in January 2002, I shall add to it as news becomes available. Thanks to Nick Bryant for all these pictures except where stated..
Updated 13th August 2015
Updated 11th January 2015
Updated 5th October 2014
Updated 2nd October 2014
Updated 22nd December 2012
Updated 16th November 2011
Updated 5th November 2010. The line from Ambarawa to Tuntang is finally able to take full size trains. The previous 'lori' service has been replaced by the train shown below on a test run at Tangung on 29th October 2010. The locomotive is actually D300.23, ("NIS 01") the photograph is courtesy of Tjahjono Rahardjo. Of course, it will be possible to run a B25 to Tuntang for the appropriate fee.
Updated 1st November 2010. Belatedly, this formally records the fact that C1218 is in Solo with two of the museum coaches operating occasional tourist trains on part of the Wonogiri branch. C2301 has been at Lawang Sewu (former NIS HQ) in Semarang from early 2009.
Updated 30th November 2008. C1412 having sat near derelict outside the shed for many years has been relocated to PTKA HQ in Semarang and given a cosmetic restoration. E1060 is being relocated to the new Sawahlunto Railway Museum in West Sumatra.
Updated 24th August 2006. C1218 (seen below at Cepu before its movement) arrived at Ambarawa in 2002 and is safe for posterity. It has since been restored to active service in 2006. Picture by Rob Dickinson from June 2002.
Added June 25th 2002. The main shed has been completely repainted by the staff using materials largely provided by the 'Friends of the Ambarawa Railway Museum'.
Added 15th April 2002. The Tuntang line was officially (re) opened on Monday 4 March 2002. The Governor of Central Java rode on one of the existing loris from Tuntang to Ambarawa. However, the state of the track is still some way from that which could support a steam locomotive....
Repairs to Jambu station funded by the 'Friends of the Ambarawa Railway Museum'.
The cog wheel from E1060 has been returned after machining (December 2001). It needs to be fitted and work done on the cylinders/motion.
After a lull, work on the Tuntang line restoration has restarted with much progress at the Tuntang end (January 2002). Contrast these pictures with those taken relatively recently.
The mud gatherers are still present:
Almost ready for a train....
Entering Tuntang station