The International Steam Pages

Steamy Java Sugar Mill Tour 2010, Lawu's Children

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.

We were late leaving Solo as the road closure outside our hotel was only lifted at 09.00. Before we could make our first mill visit, we had to make a very small diversion to visit the local preserved steam roller - one of a number known to be preserved on the island:

We couldn't get too close to it because it was surrounded by motorbikes parked for a party going on next door. I assumed it would be a wedding but it turned out that it was the grand opening ceremony for a new kindergarten. We arrived just as the dancing girls from Wonogiri were wheeled out. The masks are traditional in both Java and Bali and the hobby horses are quite simply 'international'.

After all that excitement, our visit to Mojo was something of an anti-climax. There are only four engines here, all compressors and vacuum pumps. These are two standard Stork vacuum pumps, an old one on the left and a 'middle aged' one on the right. The third is derelict.

The most interesting engine here is this old compressor, it bears no formal identification although it does have a Tangye governor and a "+" which is also typical Tangye


All too soon, we had to be on our way, lunch was forgotten and we entered East Java.

Rob and Yuehong Dickinson