Charlie Chaplin Impressions Cibatu Station
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Charlie Chaplin Impressions Cibatu Station

Garut : Indonesia | Sep 05, 2010 at 10:07 PM PDT
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Charlie Chaplin, comedian, star of Hollywood, United States, twice set feet in Cibatu Station, Garut - West Java - Indonesia. He had visited Garut only for a vacation in 1927 and 1935. Just remember, that the nuances of Garut with mountains as a "Swiss Van Java".

On the first visit, Charlie Chaplin, accompanied by the Oscar-winning Canadian actress, Mary Pickford. While on his second visit he was accompanied by his wife, Paulette Goddard, female protagonist in the film Modern Times and The Great Dictator 2.

In addition to Charlie Chaplin, another character who has carrying set feet in the Cibatu station is French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau in 1920.

In the book A century Grand Hotel Preanger 1897 - 1997, Haryoto Kunto has written, that in the years between 1935 - 1940 every day at Cibatu Station parked dozen the taxi and limousine owned hotels in Garut, including Papandayan Hotels, Villa Dolce, Belvedere Hotel , Van Hengel Hotel , Bagendit Hotel , Villa Pauline, and Grand Ngamplang Hotel.

Garut is beautiful, surrounded by mountains, like Papandayan Mount, Cikuray Mount, and Guntur Mount. There is also a lake and temple Cangkuang, Bagendit lake, and hot water bathing places.

In 1946, extraordinary train of President Sukarno and Vice President Mohammad Hatta was also a transit at Cibatu station when delivering them to the city of Garut, accompanied by Madam Fatmawati and Rachmi Hatta.

In addition to rail lines west - east, which is still operating and the rail line from Cibatu Station - Garut - Cikajang is also still active. Rail line to Cikajang is a favorite the tourists, with five schedule steam locomotive train departure every day.

Cibatu station is a first-class station has become one of the largest steam locomotive depot in Java - Sumatra, before closing at 1983. Cibatu station once employed 700 technicians to maintain 100-150 steam locomotives every day.

Old houses with shutters wide, high ceiling around the station is a mute witness to the triumph of Cibatu station.

Source: Kompas

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Cibatu Station Building
Cibatu Station building, Garut regency, West Java, Indonesia - Source: Kompas
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