The rise, fall and resurgence of Indonesia’s centuries-old railroad system

17-Aug-2020 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 10:10 AM Print This Post

“Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on August 17, 1945. Older than the republic itself, Indonesia’s railroads have had a long and tumultuous history. The majority of the country’s railroad infrastructure was constructed during the Dutch colonial era. Construction of the first railroad system in Indonesia, which was then called the Dutch East Indies, began in 1864, under the auspices of the Nederlandsche Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (NIS) company. The first railroad connected Semarang with Tanggung village, both in Central Java, spanning 25 kilometers. The construction was finished in 1867, according to railroad historian Tjahjono Rahardjo from Soegijapranata Catholic University. The country then saw a railroad construction boom between the late…


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