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On February 8, 2008, a team consisted of 10 people (Aditya DL, Kris, Fajar, Bagas, Bowo, Hanafi, Komang, Yuda, Zudi and Ito Nugroho) gathered at Mulia Kencana Hotel on Pasar Kembang Street. They were about to track down the inactive railway line between Yogyakarta and Palbapang.

 

ex Palbapang station

The tour started on Jlagran Lor Street, where there was a rail track which connected Yogyakarta Station and former Ngabean Station. The team stopped in at Pringgokusuman District to inspect remains of rail track in the middle of a kampong street. Then the team went down Letjen Suprapto Street to former Ngabean Station. At the north side of the station stood a mechanic home signal. The station itself was in good condition and used as an office by UPTD Parkir of Yogyakarta City Government.

At the south side of the station, there was a starting signal and a home signal. The track had been covered with dirt and buildings. At jokteng kulon (pojok beteng kulon/south-west corner of sultan’s palace fort) the railway line was slightly curved. Here was the location of a former branch line to Kotagede, of which the rail track had been disassembled during the Japanese occupation in World War II.

On the west side of Bantul Street, remains of a rail track could be seen. Actually, there used to be former Dongkelan shelter (spoorweghalte) in front of Bursa Agro Jogja, but no remains left. At kilometre 5.5 the line curved to Tirtonimolo Village in Kasihan Subdistrict. After walking for about 200 metres from a rail bridge at Winongo river, the team arrived at former Winongo Station which had become a house. The building was easy to identify due to its circle-shaped ventilators. There were also telegraph poles near the station, former branch line to Madukismo sugar factory, a Djawatan Kereta Api house, and scattered remains of rails. The emplacement had been transformed into a yard and paddy fields.

ex Winongo station

The team continued tracking down the track. It returned to the west side of Bantul Street. Before the Kasongan gate, there was a crossing with 600 mm gauge track used by lorries. The team continued to former Bantul Station. It was located at the south of Bantul market – in the middle of the city, on the east side of Bantul Street. It was also as easy to identify as former Winongo Station. It had become a food stall and a motorcycle repair shop. The emplacement had become a slow lane and the tracks had been covered with asphalt.

ex Bantul station

More or less 3 kilometres south of the former Bantul Station, there was former Palbapang Station. It had become a base for Legiun Veteran Republik Indonesia Bantul and a post for DLLAJR. The emplacement had become a bus station. There were also remains of a water pump, there might have been a water tower near the station, but no remains left.

ex Palbapang station

The team then returned to Yogyakarta. They stopped in at Padokan, behind Madukismo sugar factory, to inspect the branch line that connected the former Winongo Station and the sugar factory. The track had 1,067 mm gauge, not the 600 mm gauge. There were also a mechanic signal and a signal house.

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