The International Steam Pages

Java Sugar Steam 2002 - Private Mills

Rejoagung and Krebet are large efficient mills which got rid of their steam 10 years ago, having used it very little in the years before then. Both have large fleets of diesels. The same company runs the Cirebon mills for the Government, no doubt the attraction was the two new mills at Subang and Jatitujuh rather than the run-down steam mills. They won't be buying diesels for them, more likely, they will shut them down (they have made a start with Gempol, Jatiwangi and Kadhipaten). Trangkil and Kebonagung have the same management who have installed modern machinery within the mills but stuck with steam for their railways because 'it did the job'. Now Kebonagung is disposing of its field lines, it will no longer need steam power. Pakis Baru similarly has new mill machinery but kept the steam locos as the best economic proposition until it closed. Trangkil ought to last at least a couple of years more.

45. TRANGKIL Mill Index

The same field lines as were open in 2001 are open again this year. On 25th June, I found the steam locos having another day off and all cane coming in by truck. The mill staff suggested this happened on average 'about 2 days a week'. The really bad news is that 1 is sidelined, 'fit for a museum' I was told although I did not check it out in detail. On 14th July, 2,3 and 4 worked the south lines but the weather was heavily overcast. The next day was another 'off' day. Next morning 2 and 4 worked the yard before 2 went south on empties. In the afternoon, 2 went to the far end of the south line near Pati, 3 worked from Sumur also on the roadside line. The weather was not kind, again. Next morning it was brighter. 2 and 3 were at work in the yard initially and 3 went down the road to Pati.

In early August, there was a massive cane fire at Sidokerto, just north of Pati. All the railway's available resources were directed at saving as much cane as possible which meant that, for a week or more, the only field trains operating (up to 4 a day) went down the main line..... My information is that the season here had finished by mid-September.

The writing is on the wall here, 50 cane loris a day to the fields is very marginal when hundreds of truckloads of cane come in by road.

Click here for pictures of the Trangkil 2002 roster in steam.

This shows 4 leaving the road yard.

Trangkil 4

46. PAKIS BARU Mill Index

I found a 2000 visit totally depressing with the locomotives which had been immaculately cared for in 1999, pushed into the shed and abandoned.  I am sure that the mill will officially be closed soon although I have not been back.

47. REJOAGUNG Mill Index

Only the OK Mallet preserved at the north end of the mill by the road junction remains of the once large fleet of steam locos. Previously reported scrapped, 6 and 8 were in fact transferred to Candi where they survived dumped out of use (at least in 2002).

48. KEBONAGUNG Mill Index

I visited briefly on July 28th (I was on holiday between tours). Henschel 0-8-0T 6 was in use - surprisingly on a morning field train from Pakisaji. Of course, having had a lie-in, I missed its arrival! The next morning it was back on yard duties: On August 4th in the afternoon 6 was despatched some 3km from the mill to wait for a diesel hauled train from Wonokerso which it would have hauled back to the mill while the diesel collected another train from Pakisaji. In the vent, multiple derailments on the temporary track at Wonokerso meant that it came home long after dark. Next morning, it was working in the yard again, but there were to be no cane trains that day as the mill was having problems and was clogged up.

Kebonangung 6

49. KREBET BARU Mill Index

There are no steam locos left on site.

53. CANDI  Mill Index

This mill is not on my map, but is on the old main road just south of Sidoarjo, just north east of mill 32, Tulangan.

Two former Rejoagung locomotives (6, an OK 0-4-4-0T, and 8, a Vulcan 0-6-0T) are stored here. The management is keen to sell them but they are not in very good condition.

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Rob and Yuehong Dickinson