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Sumatra Railway

 

4967 POWs and 30,000 Indonesians worked on building this railway through swamps and mountains covered with dense equatorial forest. 220 km long, it was designed to complete the existing link between Padang-Muaro allowing rapid transfer of supplies between Pekanbaru and Padang. Finished on 15th August 1945, it played no part in Japanese actions.

See: The Sumatra Railway by Neumann and van Witsen

 

 

Sumatra Railway Memorial National Arboretum