The Jakarta Post
Those visiting Surakarta, Central Java, this Idul Fitri holiday should consider taking a trip on the century-old Jaladara steam train.
Locally known as the Sepur Kluthuk Jaladara, the train will offer city tours from June 16 to 18.
The journey will start from Purwosari Station and end at Solo Balapan Station. During the 6-kilometer trip to the city center, the vintage train will make stops at popular tourist attractions, such as Loji Gandrung, Sriwedari Park, Triwindu antique market and batik centers in Gladag and Kauman.
The service is being offered in collaboration with local travel agents, state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) and the Surakarta Transportation Agency (Dishub). Alternatively, visitors can also explore Surakarta in a double-decker bus.
Daryono, the administrator of Indonesia Surakarta Travel Agents Association (ASITA), said the vintage train tour allowed passengers to enjoy a unique experience this holiday.
In addition to visiting tourist attractions, passengers will also be able to see Javanese traditional siteran music performances, sample traditional snacks and buy traditional Samir fabrics.
The Jaladara is a German-made C-1218 steam locomotive made in 1896 by Hartmann Chemnitz. The locomotive comes with two passenger cars made from teak. The train can accommodate up to 70 passengers.
The steam to power the locomotive is produced by burning teakwood. Due to high fuel and maintenance costs, the Jaladara only operates during special occasions or on request. (jes/kes)