HomeBlogs Semut Railway Station in Surabaya With very disappointed and concerned feeling to see the last condition
of Semut Railway Station which have not maintained again. History story
that accompany it, would annihilate. In all of state, the historic
places are always looked after carefully, museum become the crowded
place to be visited.
Semut Railway Station is a culture pledge
which its age is more than 100 years. Semut Railway Station is surely
recognized in each and everyone who lived in Surabaya, even if Perumka
now unable to animate as train business place.
Even matt and
ancient impression is hardly seen at front face from the station that is
also known as Surabaya Kota Station. The foray news of this ancient
station interior show, how not care of this nation with its valuable
The unloading to be made shops is a real reason simple,
merely to fulfill the desire to get the money quickly. Even if not be
seen from front of it face, but the unloading only leave over block rest
of stone wall which is have not toppled, a number of door and matt
pepper and salt cushion in frontage and station back.
window frame in the building have gone, a number of roof rooms is nor.
And so do the platform roof is remaining it iron framework. Even a door
handle has disappeared. Only lag one of door handle in one of station
Semut Railway Station, which become one of workload
center in Surabaya city and part of the journey length history of
Surabaya city now likely naked. Would far more valuably if this station
is made become a museum "lived" to show it past properties, and maintain
tending to stripper trains sold as scrap.
number 5 in 1992 about Cultural pledge goods and Lord Mayor Decree
Letter (SK) Number 188.45/251/402.1.04/1996 no longer has bothered. The
condition of this station has been unloaded. Though this culture pledge
building seen steady, nicely and rareness. Like station zinc roof which
have been taken. Marbles that decorating a half of its wall along the
length of approximant 150 meters in station backside is picked so it
show its stucco only.
Dutch epoch teak woods, which still very
worth, had lost. The antique door handles in door of the door backsides
also do not miss falling as a victim. Based on the constitution dated 6
April 1875 Staatsblad Number 141 the Government of Dutch Indies set mind
to built train line network in Java with expense of government and
called staats spoorweg (SS).
In 1875 it started begin to develop
the train line of Surabaya - Pasuruan and Surabaya - Malang. Surabaya
city Station, which located in important business area, is made as the
guidance for second start line. Spoorstation Semoet or Semut Railway
Station opened by The Excellency Governor General JW VAN LASBERGE in
1878, just with open of line Surabaya-Pasuruan.
Line of Surabaya -
Pasuruan at that moment is assumed of vital importance; cause in
Umbulan, Pasuruan there is a real big source of water to fulfill the
resident cleanness amount of water-required Surabaya and its
surroundings. The water stock from Umbulan to Surabaya is transported by
applied a train.
During that period, Semut Railway Station is
one of two famous stations in Surabaya city formerly. The other station
is Pasar Turi Station. This station is part of south line serving route
Surabaya - Solo - Yogyakarta, Tasikmalaya, Bandung, and Jakarta.
that time, Jakarta - Surabaya line still gone through a journey during
three days. When the night arrived, the train desists and the passenger
lodge in hotels to continue it journey in the next day. Don't know how
any man who have been come and go from the station.
at the epoch can be conceived as the train city because it has four big
stations, namely Wonokromo, Gubeng, Pasar Turi, and Semut, which now it
increasingly chance ill defined. It very regret that Surabaya city have
not a Train Museum. Even, a historic Semut Railway Station building now
"Even, big towns in modern Germany and Roma
are in its development not then run over the ancient building which
they have. So if pay a visit the visitor still can enjoy debris rest of
Romanic Kingdom omissions over there which only pillars or debris that
taken care of carefully. And so do Malaysia that taking care of it
omission building in British colony period over there carefully.
the historic building contained of education element. It can become a
life laboratory for generation hereinafter in studying matters, start
from the physical of building so it history value. Back part of it,
keeping to the building will give a profit from the tourism aspect.
town station case for example, can be done an adaptation. Seen front or
building face doesn't change, but interior can adapt with the
requirement. Addition of the building can be done by accommodating the
design with the stripper building. Ibis Hotel for example, can become a
good example in Surabaya.
In the friendly development effort to
pledge cultural building, told by Timoticin, Surabaya still be lag
compared to Jakarta which also rich of culture pledge building.
example is the dockyard culture pledge building adaptation Verenigde
Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) in Kakap Street, north Jakarta, become a
luxuriant restaurant that has crowded to visit.
For a while,
Perumka (The Train Departments) decide to delay the warehouse unloading.
But, that have not meant will save the historic sites. It needs the
morale responsibility to maintain the building, which ever become part
of Surabaya city writhing.