The International Steam Pages
The Surabaya Steam Tram 1973
Robert Wilson and his wife Helen partook in a tour during August 1973 organised by the Association of Railway Enthusiasts that spent two weeks in Java and a week in Sumatra before going to southern Thailand and Malaysia for a final week. One of the highlights of the visit was the Surabaya Steam Tram. (The following pictures were variously taken on 5th August and 8th August. I (RD) have tried to put them in rough geographical order but bear in mind that the tram last ran 35 years ago and my memory is not perfect. Corrections will be most welcome.)
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With the aid of Duparc's book Trams en Tramlinjen (ISBN 906007 582 X), I (RD) have sketched out my best guess of the route of the tram using Google Earth, the break point is Surabaya Kota Station. I haven't shown the final stretch to the docks, it's quite obvious as it paralleled the 'river'. I hope one of our Indonesian readers can take a walk through Chinatown and see if any trace remains, some 10 years ago tracks were visible in places.
Similarly, I have not included the roadside section beyond Wonokromo out to Karang Pilang as Bob did not visit this section.