The International Steam Pages

Steamy Java Sugar Mill Tour 2010, Site under Maintenance

This series of pages from July and August 2010 records our travels from China to Malaysia and on to Java, Indonesia where we were hosting the 'Steamy Java Tour 2010'. Click here for the main Winds of Change index page.

Tulangan was the first 'target' today and despite the fact that they had completely remodelled the final turn off in an effort to confuse me, we got there quite quickly. On the way we had, in quick succession s reminder both of Java's long tradition and also rapid development. On the left, a very old mosque, and on the right, work going on to restore the railway from Mojokerto to Sidoharjo for commuter traffic - the last (steam hauled train) will have run along it in the early 1970s.

And nearby was evidence that if a single straw can break a camel's back, then several bricks will do the same job for a truck:

Alas the recent rain meant that there was insufficient cane at Tulangan and the mill was stopped. It was not a total disaster as the back end of the factory was running including the vacuum pumps and the staff had grabbed the opportunity to do some essential maintenance. There are five milling engines here, the first and third are unusual in that they have Werkspoor built Meier-Mattern hydraulic valves. The coverage below is a composite from both:

The first of these needed a check on the bearings so it was moved into position and then worked on:

The other three engines here are, not surprisingly, Storks. The last of these was having some work done on it too, the remains of another Stork are in front of it:

However, the most interesting repair was on the mill attached to the first Stork (second mill engine). The top roll of the standard three had been lifted and the whole assembly was being checked and worked on. Not apparent from the coverage is that this meant temporarily cutting out a section of the elevated walkway alongside the mills.

Behind the mills are two duplex boiler feedwater pumps:

There are three air compressors here, two are mirror image Halle engines (first row, left and right) normally in use, the other (second right) is rather different, it may be a Stork:

The only other small pump which remains serviceable is this small Tangye duplex pump.

There are two Werkspoor steam vacuum pumps working together and a third (Stork?) in a separate area. The first two pictures are of the older Werkspoor, probably similar to the one at Watutulis.

Next to them are two vertical engines used as water injection pumps, on the left from Halle and on the right from Belliss and Morcom (I am not sure this is in use).

This is the third vacuum pump and nearby a small musholla (prayer room) for employees.

With money already being spent at Watutulis, it must be likely that Tulangan faces modernisation in the near future. It will be a shame when it goes. While we waited for the group to complete their record of the mill, Yuehong and I retreated to the engineers office. Yuehong wrote some emails while I started to write this page - you can see some of the images at the top on the picture!

Rob and Yuehong Dickinson