One of the railway museums, which also has a fairly complete collection, is the Museum of Transportation in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), Jakarta. The primary difference between the Jakarta Museum and the two museums in Ambarawa (Central Java) and Sawahlunto (West Sumatera) is that all existing railway carriages in this museum can no longer be operated and only stored for display. This C300 11 diesel locomotive that carried 2 wood-paneled passenger cars was last operated in 2005 because the engine of C300 11 suffered damage, and up to now has not carried out any repairs.

A large collection of trains in this museum is not a coincidence. Since the beginning of construction in 1984, the museum was originally planned only for the Railway museum, but the agreement between the Minister of Transportation and Yayasan Harapan Kita, as the manager of TMII, shifted it to the Museum of Transportation which began its construction in 1984. Its inaugural ceremony was chaired by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soeharto, on April 20, 1991 with the goal of making it as a permanent institution of the Ministry of Communications Republic of Indonesia that collects, preserves, researches, and displays evidence showing the history and development of transportation and its role in national development. It is also expected that it can act as medium of information and knowledge about the world of transportation, the history of the development of transportation technology, and as an educational recreation destination as well.

The Museum of Transportation that occupies an area of 6.25 hectares provides facilities such as a meeting hall with a capacity of 350 people with Air Conditioners (ACs), an open courtyard area of 6170 square meters and lodging facilities (there are 7 rooms / with a capacity of 15 people, equipped with living room, meeting room and kitchen).

There are 24 types of steam locomotive, C300 11 diesel locomotive and C300 12 on display as an effort to preserve an extremely priceless culture, railway facilities, and railway operation support equipment, and tunnels decorated with dioramas. Besides that, there is a series of Extraordinary Railway (KLB/Kereta Luar Biasa) used by the first President and Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soekarno and Hatta, when the governance of the Republic of Indonesia was moved from Jakarta to Yogyakarta on January 3, 1946. It consists of 2 (two) wood-paneled passenger cars, IL7 and IL8, which were Staatspoorwegen property, that began operating in 1919.

Included in the collection of this museum is modern steam locomotive. The last one purchased by the government of the Republic of Indonesia is the D52 099 steam locomotive manufactured by Krupp (Germany), which was imported in 1952. D52 steam locomotive is famous as a very strong locomotive and is used for various purposes such as transporting passengers, goods and coal. Although it was only operated for less than 30 years, D52 steam locomotive was then no longer operated since 1983 along with the replacement of steam locomotives with diesel locomotives.

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