The International Steam Pages
Steam in Java 1999
As many readers of these steam pages will know, I am a regular visitor to Java, this year was my 19th visit and I led my 11th tour.
Between 1998 and 1999, the Rupiah recovered so that it is now double its rate then (but still one third its 1997 rate). Sugar imports have been liberalised and the combined effects of both of these changes will be nothing short of disastrous for the industry and its steam locos. If you want to see Javanese sugar steam, book your holiday here for 2000 and pray there is something left to see.
This is the 1999 report, Click here for a brief summary of the main news - it could have been even worse and probably will be next year, other reports are available:
The mills are arranged from West to East, North Coast then South Coast with the Private Mills at the end. Click on the mill in the Index below (mills with no link have not used steam in recent years, but may have locos stored on site):
The numbers are those used in the reports.
The Main News in Brief Contents
Perumka News Contents
I booked no less than 4 specials at Ambarawa on August 6th (B2503)/7th(E1060) and 28th(E1060)/29th(B2502) 1999. All went well and the railway staff gave us plenty of run pasts as usual.
Ambarawa had 12 specials in July 1999 which makes it worth dropping by if you are in the area.
Cepu Forest Railway Contents
Regular logging trains have now ceased altogether and much of the system has been lifted. The only way to see this unique operation is to organise your own special logging trains which I did on August 11th and August 25th 1999. The little DuCroo and Brauns 0-6-0T made it all the way to the forest along with the normal Berliner 0-10-0T on both days.
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson