Jembatan Rel Ciliwung: There is No Railway

Up to 1913, there were two railway companies serving the public transport in Batavia, the first is Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatchappij (NISM), which is a private company and Staatspoorwegen (SS) which is a state enterprise.

NISM has a train line that serves the Batavia Noord – Sawah Besar – Noordwijk (Juanda) – Weltevreden (Gambir) – Kebonsirih – Pegangsaan – Boekitdoeri up to Meester Cornelis NIS. In addition there is also the a branch route from Boekitdoeri heading to Buitenzorg (Bogor). While SS has a train line that serves the loop line of includes Kemayoran – Pasar Senen – Salemba – Cikini SS – Tanah Abang – Doeri – Angke – Batavia ex-BOS and returned to the Kemayoran. Additionally SS also has a feeder railway line between Tanjung Priok Port – Batavia NIS, Tanjung Priok – Batavia SS, and Tanjung Priok – Kemayoran.

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After NISM purchased by SS, then there are some train lines were removed such as train line from Tanah Abang – Cikini SS – Salemba – Kramat and replaced with a new train line from Tanah Abang – Mampang – Manggarai – Meester Cornelis (Djatinegara). While the branch from Pegangsaan shelter heading to Salemba was still used as an access to the opium plant factory. Nowadays all train lines is gone.

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Jembatan Rel Ciliwung or Ciliwung Railway Bridge is located at the intersection of Kramat – Salemba and this bridge is the only living landmark from the former rail line. Now the Ciliwung Railway Bridge serves as a pedestrian bridge.

How to get here (see the route map)

From Tanah Abang go to platform 3/5 and take the Yellow Line heading to Manggarai, change your route and go to platform 3 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Cikini Station. Take a 16 minute walks to the northeast

From Sudirman go to platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to Manggarai, change your route and go to platform 3 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and stop at Cikini Station. Take a 16 minute walks to the northeast

From Juanda go to platform 2 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Manggarai and stop at Cikini Station and take a 16 minute walks to the northeast

From Gondangdia go to platform 2 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Manggarai and stop at Cikini Station and take a 16 minute walks to the northeast

See the link map or the map below

ciliwung railway bridge map

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