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Sulawesi (Celebes)

Makassar station, 1922
Makassar station, on the occasion of the opening of the railway in 1922.

The first railway in Sulawesi was a 47km, 1067mm gauge line between Makassar and Takalar, opened in 1922. It was planned as part of a network of lines extending to the north of the island.

The railway was not a financial success and closed in 1930. The other proposed lines of the time did not come to fruition.

In the early 21st century, ambitious plans emerged for a network of up to 2000km of new standard (1435mm) gauge lines covering the island. The first line would be 145km between Makassar and Pare-Pare.

Construction began on the Makassar to Pare-Pare railway in 2014. The first section, 30km between Garongkong (Barru) and Tonasa (Pangkep), is expected to open in 2020.

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