The Siantar – Parapat Railway is a proposed railway to connect Medan to Lake Toba in North Sumatra. There is already a railway from Medan to Siantar, so this extension is the missing link to connect the largest city in Sumatra to one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island.
[Parapat on Lake Toba.]
The Siantar – Parapat Railway is quoted as 64.7 Km in length with an estimated cost of USD 814.65 million / IDR 12.1 trillion ($1 = IDR14,853).
The railway is part of an overall plan to diversify Indonesia’s tourism areas beyond Bali (referred to as 10 New Balis).
The project will be divided into 3 segments:
1. Siantar Martoba – Jorlang Hataran (26.5 km)
2. Jorlang Hataran – Girsang S. Bolon (27.5 km)
3. Girsang S. Bolon – Parapat (10.7 km)
The map provided by the North Sumatra government also shows a line to Raya, though there is no other mention of this section.
Medan-Lake Toba Railway maps
[Map of Medan-Lake Toba Railway.]
Links and resources
Siantar – Parapat Railway – Project description from the North Sumatra Invest office.
Investors interested to develop Lake Toba – [22/11/17]
“Chinese investors are serious in building resorts, a Medan-Pematangsiantar-Parapat-route railway and a cable car”.
Chinese investor shows interest in Medan-Lake Toba Railway – [14/07/17]
“”The Chinese investor wants to build a railroad from Medan to Lake Toba. I thought they wanted to make a small investment, but they said they have up to $10 billion available,” Chief Maritime Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said in a statement on Thursday (13/07).”