Department of Railways,
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Fort de Koch. SUMATRA 34. Route. 487
foremost car, in order to see the scenery of the Anai Kloof to better advantage. From Kajoe Tanam the* train runs to Padang Pandjang in two hours.
Padang Pandjang (situated at an elevation of 773 metres and reached from Padang in about 4 hrs). In its northern suburb is a pleasant little hotel, called Hotel Merapi. The town is the junction point of (he line that runs to the Oembilin Coal Mines and is situated about halfway between Padang and the mine. It has a population of about 2,000, most of whom are Malays. Malay houses surround a large central market, and they arc mostly roofed with zinc plates. The European houses arc built largely in the style ot villas. The town is a little Dutch garrison post, and on its racecourse stands a monument to three Dutch soldiers, who were killed in the Padri War (1841), after bravely defending the fort of Goegoek Malintang Hill against a fierce Malay attack. The places of interest in its vicinity are the batliing-placc at Ajer Mato Koetjing and the Anai Kloof. If visitors can afford to stay here for several days, they may visit Mts. Merapi and Singgalang (see Pp. 488-489), and also Lake Singkarak.
Strhrt Schnh op Fort nn Kock, Padano Highi.aniA .
Surrounded on alt sides by high mountains, this region enjoys abundant rainfall. On the W. rise the twin volcanic mountains, Singgalang (3,877 metres) and Tandikat (2,438 metres) ; on the N., a group of volcanoes with Merapi (2,891 metres) as the commanding peak; on the E., the wavy ridge of Tanah Uatar; while on the S., Mt. Barisan surrounds it like a wall,a Bukit Djarat standing conspicuously above the rest. _
Port de Kock (936 metres) is 87 kin. distant from Padang and 20 km. from Padang Pandjang, readied in iyi hrs. (1st class fare from Padang, jl.
2 95). On the way, a little before Kota Baharoe, one comes to the highest spot on the route,a the pass between the twin