Treasuring North Sumatra Railway (KA Sumatra Utara & Aceh : Divre 1) – Pulo Brayan Railway Station

Still at the same time when I come to Belawan Railway Station, on a rainy afternoon I visited another old station, Pulo Brayan Railway Station. The station is reserved as a placeholder (Dipo) for trains in 1st Regional Division Indonesian Railway (Divre1) area. This station lies in between Medan downtown, Medan Railway Station, and Belawan Railway Station, the port city in the Northern area of Medan metropolitan.

Di waktu yang sama ketika saya mengunjungi Stasiun Kereta Api Belawan, siang yang hujan rintik-rintik, saya mengunjungi stasiun tua lainnya, Stasiun Kereta Api Pulo Brayan. Stasiun ini dipusatkan sebagai Dipo kereta api di area Divre 1 Kereta Api Indonesia. Stasiun ini terletak di jalur antara Kota Medan dengan Stasiun Belawan, dekat Pelabuhan Belawan yang ada di sebelah Utara Kota Medan.

 

The old station building is standing still. However due to inactivity on the station except for freight trains to Belawan Port, it is unused and looked more like a heritage building rather than an active operational station. The platform is quite spacey with some officers on standby. Train placeholder is located about 500 m in the northern side of the station.

Gedung stasiunnya masih ada dalam kedaaan baik. Namun karena jalur KA ini tidak aktif selain dari sejumlah KA barang menuju pelabuhan Belawan, gedung stasiun terlihat seperti sebuah bangunan peninggalan bersejarah dibanding gedung stasiun yang aktif. Bagian peron stasiun terlihat cukup luas dan ada sejumlah petugas KA yang standby. Dipo kereta terletak sekitar 500 meter sebelah Utara stasiun.

As stated in a stone epigraph in front of the building, this station was constructed around 1920’s by Deli Spor Maskapai (train company during the Nederland colonialsm).

Sesuai yang tertulis di prasasti batu di depan gedung stasiun, stasiun ini dibangun sekitar tahun 1920-an oleh perusahaan kereta api zaman Hindia Belanda, Deli Sport Maskapai.

 

 

On the Southern side of the station, along the railway track clearance is being done by government and railway official company (PT. KAI) from some illegal houses and huts, which had been invading both sides of the railway track. These views are evidently seen from above Pulo Brayan fly over which just about 200 m on the Southern side from Pulo Brayan Railway Station.

Di sisi Selatan stasiun sepanjang rel KA ini sedang dilakukan pembersihan jalur sekitar rel oleh pemerintah dan PT. KAI, seperti penggusuran rumah/gubuk liar yang selama ini menghiasi kiri kanan rel kereta api. Pemandangan ini terlihat jelas dari atas fly over Pulo Brayan yang terletak hanya 200 m di sebelah Selatan Stasiun Pulo Brayan.

Northern view of the railway from Pulo Brayan fly over (Brayan railway station can be seen 300 meters forward from this point)
view arah ke Utara dari fly over Pulo Brayan (Stasiun Brayan terlihat di kejauhan sktr 300 meter dari titik ini)

Southern view of the railway from Pulo Brayan fly over
view arah ke Selatan dari fly over Pulo Brayan

We expect Pulo Brayan Railway Station will be active again to serve passengers in the neartime soon after Belawan Port – Medan City Train Route has been reactivated.

Stasiun Pulo Brayan diharapkan akan aktif kembali melayani penumpang dalam waktu dekat setelah KA Medan Kota – Pelabuhan Belawan diaktifkan kembali.

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