Reviving a 100 Year-Old Relic

Surakarta City Administration in Central Java will operate a 99 year-old steam train as part of its cultural tourism attractions, after previously it has operated a steam train named Jaladara for tourists in the city. “We hope that the steam train made in 1921 could complement tourist attractions in Surakarta,” Deputy Mayor of Surakarta Achmad Purnomo said after symbolically receiving the Djoko Kendil steam train granted by the state-run railway operator PT KAI here on Sunday. The steam train, Purnomo said, would use the old railway that passed the city center and would become a cultural tourism attraction.

“This is the only (steam train in-city route) in Indonesia. Certainly it will pass the city, it can reach Sangkrah, Sukoharjo, Wonogiri, and other districts,” he said. (Tempo)