Kedungjati station

Kedungjati Station which lies in the Regency of Grobogan, Central Java is part of the beginning of history of the railway affairs in Indonesia. This station was built by NIS Company (Nederland Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij) about six years after the railway track of Samarang - Tanggung which was the first railway track in Java operating in 1867. The first railway track was continued with Semarang - Yogyakarta via Solo to make it more profitable for the Dutch military terest at that time, also for carrying the agricultural products. Kedungjati Station started operating which coincided with the finishing and opening of the Semarang - Yogyakarta railway track for public.

Kedungjati Station has a double emplacement with the main building between two railway tracks on the north and south sides. One of the railway tracks is covered by a roof which is affixed with the station building. This station consists of one main building in which there is a waiting room, a ticket window, administration office, etc.

Kedungjati station was first built of wooden construction and in 1907 was rebuilt by using steel construction and concrete brick. The architecture of the building was like Willem I Station or Ambarawa Station which is now Ambarawa Railway Museum. The station building was designed as a monumental building similar to the main building of wide-spread steel construction covering the waiting room, administration room, the head station room, and the ticket window. As a public building, this station was built of quality materials which can last for hundred years. The ventilation of the building was designed accurately with a half open waiting room which is limited by a low wall and high roof so that air will flow freely even though at the time the station was full of prospective passengers.

The station facilities (the station master, administration office and ticket windows) were arranged linearly along the rectangle building parallel to the railway track.

The uniqueness of Kedungjati Station architecture was specifically on the use of brick exposed as ornament and the stress on the door edge, window and wall in which the inspiration came from European architecture in the 19th century. At this time, the special characteristic is sharpened with the finishing paint which exposes the character of exposed brick. Up to this time, the building condition of Kedungjati Station is still very good and well taken care of.

The administration rooms look like a 'building in a building' because the wall construction of the brick was shaded by a high steel roof.

The arrangement of the exposed bricks which framed the doors and windows become the ornaments decorating the building walls inspired by the European architecture of the 18th century.

The steel construction which was used at the main building structure and emplacement can still be seen until today.

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