The International Steam Pages
Java Sugar Steam 2003 - 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 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, similarly Trangkil. Pakis Baru has new mill machinery but kept the steam locos as the best economic proposition until it closed.
My 2002 report stated "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". All the field lines have been closed (and lifted). So virtually all last year's action is now history. On 1st July, I found 1 and 4 stored, but both 2 and 3 were in use in the remodelled main yard which now has its own gantries so the old road yard is out of use. The only workings outside the mill are the mud trains which are normally diesel worked. Earlier in the season 2 and 3 alternated on stand-by for diesels, but now there is sufficient bagasse they are in use owing to the (50% plus) rise in diesel prices.
Click here for pictures of the Trangkil 2002 roster in steam.
This shows 4 leaving the (disused) road yard in 2002, its future must now be bleak.
This is the new Trangkil, a pale imitation of the old operation.
It's enough to make a man visit the cat house north of the mill (on the right of this picture) where all your cares can be eased for just Rp 20000 (U$2.50):
46. PAKIS BARU Mill Index
When the mill finished the 1999 season, the locomotives which had always been immaculately cared for were pushed into the shed and abandoned. I found them still there on 30th June. The mill machinery is expected to be relocated to Lampung, South Sumatra, but the locomotives surely will not go. Higher management have a totally unrealistic assessment of their market value to enthusiasts, even the mill engineer suggest they may fetch U$25,000... Dream on!
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
Joachim Lutz has reported the remaining field lines closed with just one steam locomotive in use with two diesels around the mill area. This was 2002:
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.
This mill is not on my map, but is just south-west of the Yogya southern bypass about 4km from its west end - no signposts but look for the cane trucks.
A Borsig 0-4-2T (5171/1903) was brought here from Tersana Baru in 1993. For a while it ran (local) tourist trains but the mill seems to have lost interest and on 10th July 2003 I found it rusty and neglected next to a long line of home made coaches:
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Rob and Yuehong Dickinson