The daily was originally named Semarangsch Nieuws en Advertentieblad. In 1863 it was renamed De Locomotief, after the passage of the first train in Semarang.
The paper was closed during the second world war but in 1947 the daily De Locomotief was re-opened again.
The Dutch language newspaper was cited outside of Indonesia in the 1950s as a source of information about Indonesian War of Independence issues.
In 1956, the newspaper was closed and the building was taken over by the Bumi Daya Bank after the renovation.
The material in the newspaper has been used to review events that occurred during the era of the Netherlands East Indies.
- Started: January 1864
- Suspended: March 1940
- Recommenced: September 1947
- Ceased: 1955
- "EDITOR HERE". The Argus. Melbourne. 10 September 1938. p. 7. Retrieved 9 April 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
- "A Sultan Confesses". The Daily News (HOME ed.). Perth. 20 April 1950. p. 7. Retrieved 9 April 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
- De locomotief, Inter Documentation Company, 1852, retrieved 9 April 2013
- De Locomotief, J.A. Wormser, 1864, retrieved 9 April 2013