Pakan Baroe Death Railway


Today little remains of the railway, and even fewer people know of its existence. If you take notice as you make the journey from Pekanbaru, you can see railway tracks being used as fence posts, in the year 2000 there were still wheels lying in peoples backyards from carriages. There are three trains remaining - in Pekanbaru, Lipat Kian, and one outside of Teluk Kuantan, which I have never seen.

To the Indonesian people, their history starts on August 17th, 1945 - the day they gained their independence from the Dutch. History is not widely taught in schools, although many are interested in the railway once they hear of it. Those who live in the villiages and towns which run alongside the road - close to where the railway was, often do know of what happened; and it is occassionally possible to find either romushas who worked on the railway, their descendants, or people who were children during the war and remember the trains.