The 2012 Asia Pacific Heritage Tourist and Rails Organization Conference

The 2012 Asia Pacific Heritage Tourist and Rails Organization Conference
APHTRO Conference participants from left to right : Kyoichi Oda (Japan), Prita Nur Aini & Safitri Dwi Wahyuni (PT.KAI Staff), Mr. Ming-Hsun Hsieh (Taiwan), Mrs. Ella Ubaidi (EVP Heritage PT. KAI), Ms. Maisoon Shaheen (Jordan), dan Mr. David Morgan (England).
Indonesian Railways Conservation and Heritage Department always find ways to preserve Indonesian rails. To preserve its rolling stock or buildings in Indonesia, it was always based on foreign countries, especially from Netherlands and England (York) which preserve the first railways in the world.
Asia Pacific Heritage Tourist and Rails Organization (APHTRO) was a heritage rails organization which was established in Indonesia on June 11, 2011. Several foreign representatives who also attended the establishment of APHTRO (Asia Pacific Heritage Train and Rails Organization) attend at Gambir Station to Solo. Foreign representatives who also attend this event are: David Morgan from Englang, Ming-Hsun Hsieh from Taiwan, Kyochi Oda from Japan, and Maisoon Shaheen from Jordan. After they arrived at Solo Balapan Station, the group went to Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel.
On the second day at Solo, the journey was continued to Ambarawa Railway Museum and enjoyed the wonderful sceneries around Ambarawa. The group fancy the natural sceneries and historical stories behind the Ambarawa Museum building which was used as military base to lift the soldiers. The trip to Ambarawa by Jambu and went back to Ambarawa by Ambarawa steam locomotive.
The journey by Jaladara Steam Locomotive to Purwosari Station was used by the group on the next day. This journey went through Slamet Riyadi Road at Solo, which was crossroad with other land transportation.
After that, the peak of the event was APHTRO conference, which was held at Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel and was presented by each rails representative from each country. The representatives from Indonesian railways heritage and conservation department presented about the history of Indonesian railways. Trenggono Adi, VP Non Building of Indonesian Railways Heritage and Conservation Department, on his speech hoped that the foreigners could understand more about Indonesian railways heritage and conservation. Moreover, Kyochi Oda presented about railways in the countries who couldn’t come to the conference in Indonesia and also about railways in Japan. Ming gave a presentation about workshop in Taiwan to become one of the cultural heritage assets. Maisoon explained about Hejaz rail which she proposed as one of the UNESCO. In the other hand, David Morgan introduced WATTRAIN and rails charter. David Morgan gave an appreciation to PT KAI which have a heritage unit which conserved rails.
The last day of APHTRO was closed with a discussion about naming APHTRO, edit charter and appreciate Indonesian railways about the making of APHTRO. EVP of Indonesian Railways Heritage and Conservation Department Ella Ubaidi showed her appreciation towards Kyoichi Oda on the establishment of APHTRO and discuss about the next step to fix APHTRO Conference.

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APHTRO Conference participants from left to right : Kyoichi Oda (Japan), Prita Nur Aini & Safitri Dwi Wahyuni (PT.KAI Staff), Mr. Ming-Hsun Hsieh (Taiwan), Mrs. Ella Ubaidi (EVP Heritage PT. KAI), Ms. Maisoon Shaheen (Jordan), dan Mr. David Morgan (England).

Indonesian Railways Conservation and Heritage Department always find ways to preserve Indonesian rails. To preserve its rolling stock or buildings, Indonesian railways always based upon foreign countries, especially from Netherlands and England (York) which preserve the first railways in the world.

Asia Pacific Heritage Tourist and Rails Organization (APHTRO) was a heritage rails organization which was established in Indonesia on June 11, 2011. Several foreign representatives who attended the establishment of APHTRO (Asia Pacific Heritage Train and Rails Organization) met at Gambir Station and then went to Solo. Foreign representatives who attend this event are: David Morgan from Englang, Ming-Hsun Hsieh from Taiwan, Kyochi Oda from Japan, and Maisoon Shaheen from Jordan. After they arrived at Solo Balapan Station, the group went to Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel. 

On the second day at Solo, the journey was continued to Ambarawa Railway Museum and enjoyed the wonderful sceneries around Ambarawa. The group fancy the natural sceneries and historical stories behind the Ambarawa Museum building which was used as military base to lift  soldiers. The trip to Ambarawa to Jambu Station and went back to Ambarawa Station by Ambarawa steam locomotive.

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Participants of APHTRO Conference posed together in front of Ambarawa Steam Locomotive and Tuntang Station.

The journey by Jaladara Steam Locomotive to Purwosari Station was used by the group on the next day. This journey went through Slamet Riyadi Main Road at Solo, which come across other land transportation.

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APHTRO participants posed together with "Sepur Kluthuk Jaladara" crew in front of the Solo Kota Station.

Moreover, the peak of the event was APHTRO conference which was held at Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel and  presented by each rails representative from each country. The representatives from Indonesian railways heritage and conservation department gave a presentation about the history of Indonesian railways. Trenggono Adi, VP Non Building of Indonesian Railways Heritage and Conservation Department, on his speech hoped that the foreigners could understand more about Indonesian railways heritage and conservation. Moreover, Kyochi Oda gave a presentation about railways in the countries who couldn’t come to the conference in Indonesia and also about railways in Japan. Ming gave a presentation about workshop in Taiwan to become one of the cultural heritage assets. Maisoon explained about Hejaz rail which she proposed as one of the world cultural heritage at UNESCO. In the other hand, David Morgan introduced WATTRAIN and railways charter. David Morgan gave an appreciation to PT KAI which have a heritage unit which conserved rails.

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The APHTRO conference at Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel, Surakarta. Trenggono Adi (third from the left), VP Non Building of Indonesian Railways Conservation and Heritage Department gave a presentation about Indonesian Railways.

The last day of APHTRO was closed with a discussion about naming APHTRO, editing the charter and appreciating the establishment of APHTRO. EVP of Indonesian Railways Heritage and Conservation Department Ella Ubaidi showed her appreciation towards Kyoichi Oda for the establishment of APHTRO and discuss the next plan to develop APHTRO Conference.

 
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