All about railways in Indonesia (beware of HD pics)

.. thankz a lot, arya, for making available ..

purchased, downloaded and installed :
- easy and quick
- stunning appearance
- impressive guide (pdf in download)
- very well cared for ..

.. terima kasih banyak, kurotrick ..


Seems the original creator had good sense for making "what would happen if ESS3200 was painted in NS yellow color" :hehe: anyway, thanks for your compliment to both me and kurotrick ;)
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This is a wonderful Thread on Indonesian Railroads and Historical items noted here.

Thank you so much for sharing with us. :p

I usually checks if the historical facts etc is correct or not, but anyway regarding the ESS3200 in "later cyan color" I found out that the color on some photograph was more likely a mixture of darkish cyan and water blue, which makes more difficult to find out which color is closer to the real ones. :eek:

***Please note that this post is NOT INTENDED FOR SPREADING POLITICAL ISSUES***

(Original video by Yusril Rizky Pratama)

Following the completion of most part of construction work for Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway (JBHSR) by PT. Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China (KCIC) and construction corporations hired from both countries (including the installation of 25kV 50Hz AC overhead line), the official trial run between Halim and Tegalluar has been commenced by KCIC on May 19th, 2023. At first the KCIC400AF series EMU (both the regular and inspection trainsets) would run in lower speeds like 80km/h, but eventually it would be raised up to the planned commercial max speed, which is 350km/h. For this official trial run, the overhead line is temporarily powered with 27.5kV instead of the 25kV for ensuring that the trains could operate with slightly higher overhead line voltage (in case if there is a slight surge that pushed the voltage past 25kV).

Here are the photos of KCIC400AF series EMU in its trial run:

1. KCIC400AF-CIT (inspection trainset)


(Original photo : M. Bintang Nurandi Putra)

2. KCIC400AF (regular trainset)


(Original photo : Septian Alfiansyah)

Hopefully no accidents occurred on the Jakarta-Bandung HSR, as the derailment of CPG-500 track laying machine back in December 2022 damaged the image of both Jakarta-Bandung HSR and Indonesia in the international world...


NOTE : although the trial run photos shows the train running on the left track, but it seems that after the opening of Jakarta-Bandung HSR trains would run on the right track, following the regulation defined by Ministry of Transportation regarding the basic concept of railway operation in Indonesia.
One interesting fact from Jakarta-Bandung HSR itself is that the overhead line pylons are somewhat unique, possibly derived from Germany, French and Japanese design. :)
Recently an Indonesian railfan posted on his Twitter account that someone scanned his late father's film collection, and uploaded a photo that instantly shaked many people in Indonesia's social media world :


(original photo was posted by a Facebook account named "Kuro Bvnovr", reposted by Fajar Nugros on his Twitter account)

This is the photo of BB303 16 taken some time in late 1970s, which is infamous among many people in Indonesia as one of the locomotive that was almost completely destroyed in the head-on collision occurred on October 19th, 1987 (popularly known as "Bintaro Tragedy" due to the collision site located near Bintaro, and later known as "First Bintaro Tragedy" due to collision of an ex-Tokyo Metro 7000 series EMU with fuel carrier truck at the now-closed grade crossing of Bintaro Permai street on December 9th, 2013 near the site of head-on collision, infamously named as "Second Bintaro Tragedy"). While there is no clear documentation of BB303 16's look just before the collision with another train led by BB306 16, this photo shows the original look of BB303 16 when it was still relatively brand new (not long after it was delivered from Henschel & Sohn to the then PJKA). Unlike later batches of BB303 locomotives that were finished in the standard "winged wheel" logo with V-shaped front end of its classical cream and dark green color, first and second batch locomotives of BB303 series (including BB303 16) were delivered with "Wahana Daya Pertiwi" emblem (cast plate) and all-dark green front end.

And if you looked closely to the coupler, BB303 16 (and other locomotives procured directly by Indonesian Railways until 1980s) sported a slightly modified version of Janney (AAR) coupler that allows the insertion of adapter coupler when pulling rolling stocks still fitted with Norwegian coupler, especially those inherited by Indonesian Railways from predecessor companies dated back from Dutch East Indies era like Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (NIS), Staatsspoorwegen (SS), Semarang-Cheribon Stoomtram Maatschappij (SCS), etc. This type of Janney coupler is ironically still used up to this day on some locomotives of Indonesian Railways, including the remaining examples of BB303. Even BB303 25 (BB303 78 04) of Padang depot that was moved to Sawahlunto depot (of course after it was repainted back to its original color, albeit with the current corporate logo of Indonesian Railways) had its coupler in the 1970s condition : having Janney-to-Norwegian adapter coupler inserted into its Janney coupler, in order to pull the Norwegian coupler-fitted E10 60 (known as "Mak Itam") and I-20301 (inspection coach now based at Sawahlunto museum).
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Seems needed a bit of bump here...

In October 2023, the Indonesian Railway has revived the sleeper car service on Bima train, with the addition of the new Argo Semeru train this time due to Bima-Argo Semeru operating with three same trainsets for four trips (trains #17, #18, #59, #60). There are three 1st class sleeper cars built for use in each three trainsets, modified from ordinary 1st class seater cars made in 2008, with the 4th unit intended for backup unit is still undergoing modification as of now. The fare from Surabaya is around US$145, while from Yogyakarta is around US$106. The sleeper car itself is counted as luxury service, with different experience you will get inside.



Recently the Yogyakarta workshops of Indonesian Railways had repainted CC201 129R (CC201 83 48) back into its Perumka colors, albeit with the current logo of Indonesian Railways. Currently CC201 129R is the only CC201 locomotive in Java that had its cab rebuilt to the ones similar with CC203, after its sister locomotive who also received similar rebuilt when they were still at South Sumatra division (which is CC201 130R a.k.a CC201 83 49) was scrapped some times between late 2022 and early 2023 after it was declared "damaged beyond economical repair" due to fatal collision with a trailer at unguarded grade crossing on April 2018.

Other similar 4 locomotives in both South Sumatra and Lampung divisions (which are CC201 86R, CC201 111R, CC201 120R and CC201 137R) are still wearing their Perumka colors (also with the current logo), but with the fact that CC201 120R was damaged after slamming into a sugarcane carrier truck at grade crossing it is unclear whether the number of those unique locomotives would reduce further or not.

The above video shows CC201 129R pulling local train around Surabaya city, with the main scenes were taken at Dupak street grade crossing located right beside the Pusat Grosir Surabaya that straddles above the track that connects Surabaya Pasar Turi station with Kalimas, Sidotopo and Surabaya Gubeng through Mesigit Wye. Since CC201 129R kept its South Sumatra airhorn (Nathan K1L?) that is the same with those fitted to CC202 (EMD G26MC-2U) and CC205 (EMD GT38ACe), many rail fans would easily recognize its presence even from the far distance.