A number of passengers got off the Tegal Express train (KA) heading Jakarta-Tegal at Tegal Station, Central Java, Thursday (15/5). (source: Antara/Oky Lukmansyah)
Bandung – PT Kereta Api Indonesia plans to re-operate the first electric rail train in Indonesia, known as the Bonbon Train (KA), on the Jakarta Kota – Ancol – Tanjung Priok tourist route.
“The first electric rail train known as KA Bonbon has been restored and is ready to run. The plan is to operate it again on the Jakarta Kota – Ancol – Tanjung Priok tourist route,” said EVP Heritage, Conservation & Architecture Design of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) Ella Ubaidi, on the 69th anniversary of the train in Bandung, Sunday (28/9).
Ella said that the first electric rail train in Indonesia was no longer operated and had been stored at Balai Yasa Manggarai.
However, after being restored, the first Electric Rail Train (KRL) in Indonesia can run again. Although currently it cannot be operated because it has to wait for permits and roadworthiness from the relevant authorities.
“Because the condition is old, it will serve on the Kota Tua Jakarta route, if it is operated on the Bogor KRL line, of course it must be driven by the KRL behind it,” said Ella.
Later the first KRL which will be operated again on the Jakarta Kota – Ancol – Tanjung Priok line will be named the Jokotob Train.
The train will be a means of transportation for tourism to the old city attractions near Jakarta Kota Station, Ancol area and Tanjung Priok Port.
“We are from heritage PTKA will try to restore a number of other locomotives,” he said. One of them is the B5112 steam locomotive which is already alive and operating again. The steam locomotive will be operated on the line heritage in Solo.”
Specifically for the restoration of the steam locomotive, PTKA will cooperate with the Netherlands who will provide technical knowledge regarding the steam locomotive to be restored.
“The Dutch have agreed to cooperate in the restoration of steam locomotives, they have the technical details of their locomotives and provide knowledge for the implementers of the restoration of steam trains in Indonesia,” said Ella.
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