Ambarawa Railway Museum: International Old Steam Locomotives


ambarawa railway museum

Ambarawa Railway Museum where you can see old steam locomotive of various types and ages, and it is still possible to ride on a cog railway between Ambarawa, Bedono and a village nearby.

HISTORY

Ambarawa Railway Museum was established in 1976, with main aim to preserve old locomotives that were not used anymore by Indonesian State Railway, now PT Kereta Api Indonesia. The train station of Ambarawa was built in May 21st 1873 on a 127.500 m2 land. The idea came from King Willem I who wanted to build a train station to give ease of mean to transport his troops to Semarang from Ambarawa, that was a military basis in Dutch Colonial era. The heyday of Ambarawa station was called as WILLEM I, and discontinue operation as train station that favour Ambarawa-Kedungjati-Semarang, and then in 1976 for track of Ambarawa-Parakan-Temanggung.

ambarawa railway museum

UNIQUE MUSEUM

Ambarawa has unique locomotives of various types and ages, and it is still possible to ride on a cog railway between Ambarawa and Bedono, a village nearby. Ambarawa Railway Museum 50 km south of Semarang, Ambarawa is the home of Java’s antique locomotives, housed in a museum. Prior arrangements should be made for groups. Also of interest are a collection of antique telephones and other instrument used for railway communication.

ambarawa railway museum

COMPLETE STEAM LOCOMOTIVES COLLECTION

Today, the Ambarawa Railway Museum preserves 21 steam locomotives, with four still operational. Among the steam locomotives are two B25 0-4-2T B2502/3, from the original fleet of five used by the line around 100 years ago. A B2501 is now preserved in a nearby town’s park. The rest are the E10 0-10-0T E1060 that was once used in West Sumatra’s Sawahlunto, and the 2-6-0T C1218, a conventional locomotive. Old furniture, telephones, and train signals and bells are also part of the collection that could reveal exciting stories about old Java adventures.

ambarawa railway museum

The Loco Trains In The Museum 

ambarawa railway museum

RAWA PENING

The existence of a marsh area here, called Rawa Pening, is closely related to the name of Ambarawa in the Javanese language: Amba meaning large or wide, and Rawa meaning swamps. Therefore, Ambarawa can be loosely translated as the town by a large swamp, the Rawa Pening. Rawa Pening is a peaceful marsh area embracing four different districts located in the basin of Mount Merbabu, surrounded by mountains. These marshlands are filled with water hyacinths locally known as eceng gondok, from which people make beautiful souvenirs and handbags for export.

ambarawa railway museum

Taking photographs here is one of the most favorite activities especially at sunrise when the sky and the reflection of the changing colors create a very mystical atmosphere. Photographs would wait since 5 o’clock in the morning waiting for the tropical sunrise.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Ambarawa is a small town in mountainous area that located in Central Java about 30 km south of Samarang (North Coast) or 80 km north of  jogja (South Coast). Ambarawa has an altitude about 475-50 meters above the sea level. Since 1840s, it was a plantation town, because Ambarawa has excellent climate for the agricultural products especially coffee plantation (Cultuur Stelsel). The growth of coffee plantation gave the economic benefit for Ambarawa.

ambarawa railway museum

From the military perspective, Ambarawa was sited near the strategic axis of Samarang – Souracarta. The VOC established some fortification along the route Samarang-Oenarang-Sallatiega-Souracarta in the end of 18th century, connecting the Company and the Mataram Kingdom. Therefore, many military encampments have been established in those towns. Post Java War period, during Koningin Willem II, a modern fort was established in 1835-48 at Ambarawa.

WHERE IS AMBARAWA RAILWAY MUSEUM?

Address: Panjang, Ambarawa, Semarang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia.

Village             : Panjang

Sub-district    : Ambarawa

Regency          : Semarang

Province          : Sentral Java ( Jawa Tengah )

HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY PRIVATE CAR:

Using Private car with driver means you are free for anything without bothering anyone else. You just do your own tour with friends or family in one car maximum of 5 people, if more than 5 people we can provide a larger car.

Private car tour is included: Car, an english speaking driver, fuel, Ambarawa retribution, parking, mineral water and transfer back to your hotel.

**) To get more information about our Tours and Transport service for your private Car, please read Jogja Tour Transport Service and Jogja TransporTeam

**) Find out Our Vehicles here: Toyota AvanzaDaihatsu Xenia, Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Innova, Daihatsu Luxio, Toyota Hiace, Isuzu ElfKia TravelloMedium Bus, Toyota FortunerToyota Alphard and Toyota Camry.

*Our Transport is Support by :  Toyota Astra Indonesia, Daihatsu Indonesia, Suzuki Motor Indonesia

HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY SHARING CAR:

Using Sharing car means, you’re joining a small group and share the transport price and seat with the other guests that going to the same direction or in one itinerary with minimum of 2 participants. An english speaking driver will pick up to your hotel and inform about your visit time for the places you visit.

Sharing car tour is included: Car, an english speaking driver, fuel, local Guide, parking and transfer back to your hotel.

** (Sharing Car Transport is recommended for budget Travellers and Students)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

OPENING HOURS

Railway Museum

At 08.00 A.M – 05.00 P.M  (Everyday)

Rawa Pening

08.30 A.M – 09.00 P.M  (Everyday)

HOW MUCH IS IT?

Museum EntranceCE Fee:

RP 10.000/person

Other Activities:

RP 10.000/person     (Tour by loco train)

RP 25.000/person     (Boat Rent at Rawa Pening)

FIND SOME  OTHER TOURIST PLACES  NEAR AMBARAWA RAILWAY MUSEUM:

  1. MARIA KEREP CAVE
  2. GEDONG SONGO TEMPLE
  3. RAWA PENING LAKE
  4. UMBUL SIDOMUKTI
  5. SIDOMUKTI COFFEE SHOP
  6. SAM POO KONG
  7. LAWANG SEWU

JOGJA HOTELS:

We also provide list of the best accomodation options for travelers. Please choose the list of Hotels below.

FIND ANOTHER ACCOMODATIONS IN JOGJA

Boutique Hotel – Resort – Villa – Bed & Breakfast – Hostel – Guesthouse – Homestay

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BOOKING CONFIRMATION:

Anytime If you need transport to visit this place, you can contact me via Whatsapp (+62823 5150 3811)

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