Madiun station

Madiun city is the city ever since Mataram Empire was a busy and strategic place because it was located at the border of Kediri Empire. Since 1832, Madiun city was ruled by East Indische which then became an area with residency status and living place of people from Dutch and other areas in Europe especially those who had profession in industry and plantation because of the development of factories and plantation in that surrounding city such as sugar plantation with its sugar factory, tea, tobacco, coffee plantations, and others.

The development of manufacturing factories and plantations of agricultural goods resulted in the needs of transportation facility in this case trains would be the efficient choice. The line networks in Madiun city were estimated built by train company Staats Spoorwegen (SS) then operated since 1882. In the old days, Madiun was a busy train lines especially sugarcane train lines which some of them were integrated with Madiun-Ponorogo train line.

One of the specialties regarding trains in Madiun city is the existence of trains industry PT INKA. PT INKA is the company which produces locomotive and passenger trains equipped by adequate technology and modern facilities. In 1981, PT INKA was established from warehouse facility of steam locomotive which was located right at the north side of Madiun Station. The company now becomes a big-scale trains company and the only one in South-East Asian leads to the well-known company in foreign countries.

Madiun Station is located in Madiun Lor, Mangunharjo, Madiun which becomes the central of Operational Region 7 and is a big station serving railway trains both to North and South Lines to various destinations such as Surabaya, Malang, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Jakarta with economy, business, and executive classes trains. Madiun Station is one side station in which the main building is located in line with railway train and emplacement The bigger part of station building both main building and emplacement has been renovated so that the whole views of this station adopts modern nuance.

At platform room it can be seen a small remain of the elements of old building in the form of big dog in square shape. Below part of the wall is layered with marble to minimize maintenance as it functioned as public area.

Main lobby provides spacious nuance with cream high ceilings and white ceramic tile floor in tune with the color of surrounding walls which create modern and clean impression. Ticket sell room creates similar nuance with the lobby, but it looks friendlier with lower ceilings.

Emplacement building in the form of width-span saddle roof structure with steel vault and wave roof zinc covers two railway trains and platforms. The top-end roof is elevated slightly in order to create hole as a ventilation so the underneath room will be comfortable. The simple and efficient shape of the vault represents that this building is a relatively new building.

However, the column construction supporting the building emplacement made of iron represents the remnants of old building which was the characteristics of constructions built by the Dutch government at the early 20th century. The characteristics can be seen from the octagonal shaped of iron profile column in which the diameter will be the smaller to the higher, and iron console shaped with circular ornaments which is actually the part of its strengthen.

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