Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Transportation Museum: Plenty of Displays and Information about Indonesian Transport

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Taman Mini “Indonesia Indah” is a mega collection of all things Indonesian from the various provinces pavilions and museums to amusement parks and rides. Among them, the most interesting for me has to be the Transportation Museum or Museum Transportasi, so I kick-started my Taman Mini visit here first (also because it was raining so the rides were probably not running yet).

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The ticket counter is in front of the gates.

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The very reasonable pricing of the entrance ticket and additional entrance fees for the aeroplane and train inside the Transportation Museum. The entrance fee for the Transportation Museum is only Rp.5,000 (~S$0.50) per person. Unfortunately, the plane and train ride was closed “due to the rain”.

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Heading through the turnstiles beside the ticket counter to enter the Transportation Museum.

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The facade of the Transportation Museum.

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Signs at the main entrance point you towards each facility in the Transportation Museum.

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The Aeromovel gliding behind.

Garuda Indonesia McDonnell Douglas DC-9 PK-GNT

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The first exhibit right in front is the Garuda Indonesia McDonnell Douglas DC-9 registered as PK-GNT.

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The information plate of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9.

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The aircraft was unfortunately closed, or else I would have been happy to pay the 30 cents entrance fee.

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The nose of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9.

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Seems like the exit from the aircraft is right down the rear.

Kemijen Railway Station

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Next around the corner is the Kemijen Railway Station.

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Though it looks nothing like Kemijen, this is the main station for the train ride. The train is also missing from the station.

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The ticket counter is closed here too.

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Just like a real Indonesian train station, there are power sockets to charge your gadgets on the wall.

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There is also an inspection push cart on display in the station, and a food stall at the concourse.

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And in comes the train hauling the last ride of the day. Service ended early due to wet tracks from the rain.

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The train hauls 2 Third Class coaches.

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The interior of the Third Class coach.

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Seats are longitudinal wooden benches.

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The open air gangway between the coaches.

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Windows are made up of louvers for ventilation.

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The door to the borders.

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Each coach can fit 32 persons, so I guess standees are not taken into account.

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Looking back at the classic Third Class coaches.

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The train still uses horn and hook couplers.

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Next ahead is a turntable.

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The turntable is connected to the main line, but is now used to display locomotives on it.

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At the back, there is another shed with more preserved steam locomotives.

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There is a wide variety of steam locomotives on display here, but unfortunately they come with quite little information. Some locomotives also houses bee hives, so you should be cautious when going too near them.

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A rather modern Ambarawa Station near the locomotive shed. It is not known if the train ride stops here, though I doubt it.

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More locomotives on display.

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There is one active line connected to the main line in the shed, housing the 2 C300 diesel locomotives. I guess these haul the train ride as well.

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I would actually prefer the train ride to be hauled by actual diesel locomotives rather than a steam locomotive operated with diesel.

Bus Exhibits

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A Mercedes Benz PPD Tourist Bus on display outside the modular museum halls.

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A Tata DAMRI local bus also on display.

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The most iconic bus on display would be the PPD “Si Jangkung Merah” Leyland Atlantean double decker bus which looks like a London Routemaster.

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The information plate of the PPD “Si Jangkung Merah” Leyland Atlantean double decker bus.

Taxi Exhibits

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There is also an old Blue Bird Taxi restored to its original state.

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More interestingly, there is a Nissan Cedric Silver Bird Taxi restored to its original state too. I certainly remember a worn out interior when these taxis were still plying in Singapore.

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A Bajaj is also on display, though it isn’t as nicely restored.

Kereta Makan

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A sheltered line in the distance housing a Kereta Makan (Dining Car).

Land Module

The main displays in the buildings are dividen into 3 parts or modules, each being linked on the upper level. The first is the Land Module.

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A MONAS-esque feel with the 3D model for building the first railway in Indonesia in 1864.

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Some railway artifacts on display.

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An old signalling panel with levers.

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A pedal inspection cart with the seats and pedals missing.

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Another inspection cart which looks like it was motorised.

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A model of the Yamato Hotel Incident in Surabaya featuring the Surabaya Tram.

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More classic vehicles on display.

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Models of old DAMRI buses on display.

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A rather faded layout of street signs.

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A model of old Manggarai station on display.

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Some information on Manggarai which is rather outdated now.

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The concourse of Manggarai which is long gone.

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Heading to the Central Module.

Central Module (Traditional Transportation)

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A DAMRI horse-drawn vehicle model on display. I wonder how much the fare costed.

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A stationary exhibit showcasing intermodal transport on how railways transport goods from the port to an inland port.

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The inland port station of the diorama.

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A model of President Soekarno using the train.

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Traditional “Alat Pikul” or “Conveyance Bear” used by mechanics to bring tools around.

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More models of old vehicles on display.

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I think you can still see this today though.

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Yup, definitely can see the Becaks today in Siantar too.

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Uh, nope.

Air Module

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The next module features aerospace in Indonesia.

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Some ground equipment on display.

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Model aircraft of the now-defunct Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

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A more modern section featuring Indonesian aviation as you know it currently.

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Historical information for Garuda Indonesia.

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An overall plan of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

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Terminals 1 and 2 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

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Terminal 3 is not fitted into this model.

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A Royal Jordanian Airbus 310 model on display.

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A model of Dakota DC-3 or Douglas DC-3 RI-001 Seulawah, Indonesia’s first aircraft.

Marine Module

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A deflated liferaft at the entrance of the Marine Module.

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A model of KM Dobonsolo, actively serving the Tanjung Priok Jakarta – Tanjung Perak Surabaya – Makassar – Bau-Bau – Ambon – Sorong – Serui – Jayapura route and vice-versa twice a month.

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A model of KM Rinjani, which has been recommissioned as a navy transport vessel christened KRI Tanjung Fatagar (974).

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Lots of ship models here on display.

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A diorama of a ship’s bridge.

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Classic maritime equipment on display.

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Downstairs, there is a display of 150 years of railways in Indonesia.

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In front of it is a model of the future Manggarai Sentral station.

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The 20 platforms at Manggarai Sentral.

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The stations seems reasonably compacted in order to fit in with the current footprint.

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The facade of Manggarai Sentral.

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Seems like the main part of the old station building will be integrated into Manggarai Sentral.

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Some bus models on display.

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The original two types of TransJakarta buses.

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Types of road signs in Indonesia explained.

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A model of a Batavia Elektrische Tram Maatschappij tram which operated in then-Batavia (Kota Tua).

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A modern-ish Becak using a Vespa and a fiberglass sidecar.

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The Dutch Z.M. Willem III lighthouse made in 1879 on display in the middle of the Transportation Museum.

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Heading back up the the main entrance.

Special Train (Kereta Api Luar Biasa) Exhibition

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The last stop for me is the Special Train (Kereta Api Luar Biasa) Exhibition.

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There is a small food stall beside this exhibit.

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These coaches were used by the President and Vice President.

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The only open coach for access is on a separate siding.

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The interior of the coach on display.

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Strangely, this coach seems to have locomotive number.

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The special furnished coaches are on the other siding, but are unfortunately closed.

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A steam locomotive on display in the KLB shed.

Overall, a rather pleasant and informative visit to the Transportation Museum in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. The wealth of displays would take up around 2 hours of your time, longer if you spend more time trying to understand each exhibit. For the entry fee of just Rp.5,000, it’s definitely a steal.

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