Railbus Lembah Anai: Kayu Tanam to Lubuk Alung by Train

After exploring the Kayu Tanam area, it’s time to head back to the station and wait for my train back to Lubuk Alung for my connection to Padang – thus completing riding on the entire Divre II network.

The station is located behind a few houses away from the main road.

In front of the station was a small cafe operated by an old lady who was very welcoming to a foreign visitor, and I had a nice Mie Goreng and coffee there. There are around 3 food stalls in front of the station, with the occasional Bakso motorbike riding by too.

Tickets are open for sale about 1 hour prior to the train’s departure at 2.05pm.

The station’s ticket office is a simple hole-in-the-wall counter.

Small change is appreciated for the Railbus Lemban Anai with the low fares. Please don’t give the counter a Rp. 100,000 note for this Rp. 3,000 ticket as they probably can’t even get that amount as revenue for one train.

My ticket for the return journey back to Lubuk Alung – the interchange station for my KA Sibinuang back to Padang.

The quiet platforms of Kayu Tanam about 1 hour before the train’s departure.

The staff will wake the train up to shunt it over to the platform about half an hour before departure.

The Railbus Lembah Anai approaching Kayu Tanam’s platform.

A short and sweet 3-car train.

The train’s middle car is distributed on Jacob’s bogies. As such, there are just 4 bogies on this 3-car train as compared to 6. This would allow for a tighter turning radius too.

The small Railbus Lembah Anai as compared to the vast Kayu Tanam station.

There is a water tower at the station, but I’m not sure if it’s for the station plumbing or for train operations.

The overall length of this 3-car train.

Line 8 is probably not fit for train services at the moment with the “floating slab”.

The destination sticker of the Railbus Lembah Anai.

The rear view of the Railbus Lembah Anai.

The Railbus Lembah Anai stops at Line 2 which is the main line.

Boarding the  Railbus Lembah Anai.

The interior of the Railbus Lembah Anai.

The hand grips seem to be able to fit advertisements, however, these are not used at the moment.

The crew preparing for the train’s departure.

Despite being the only train on the line and with not many passengers, all safety procedures are followed strictly anyway.

The conductor whistles as the train is ready to depart.

Pulling away from the maintenance shed.

Departing from Kayu Tanam.

Probably an upcoming highway cutting through Padang Pariaman.

The scenery along the way to Sicincin.

At Sicincin, more passengers boarded the train.

Exiting Sicincin town.

Towards Lubuk Alung, more paddy fields can be seen.

Crossing over a river.

The scenery on the way to Lubuk Alung.

Approaching the Lubuk Alung junction for the line to Pariaman.

Looking towards Pariaman.

The line merges in alignment just before Lubuk Alung Railway Station.

Entering Lubuk Alung Railway Station.

Alighting from the Railbus Lembah Anai.

The doors on the left towards the station building will open.

The exterior of the Railbus Lembah Anai at Lubuk Alung.

On Line 3 looking towards Pariaman.

On Line 3 looking towards Kayu Tanam.

Once all passengers have disembarked, the crew gets down from the train as well for a short break.

The small Railbus Lembah Anai at the key interchange station of Divre II.

Once done with my photo-taking, I headed to the station building to wait for my KA Sibinuang to take me back to Padang.

Overall, though short, it was a great ride on the Railbus Lembah Anai to experience one of the almost undocumented trains on an almost undocumented railway network on the internet. And the feeling of accomplishing such an obscure railway network – just 3 low-frequency single-track lines – in its entirety is definitely priceless.

2 comments

  1. Wow…kayu tanam is my mom’s hometown. It’s a nice place in kayu tanam. If i did not read your story, i will not know about the train. Will try when we go to kayu tanam. Awesome stories you share 🙂

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