Back in early 1999, I released a Windows CD-ROM, I withdrew
the physical CD-ROMs some time ago but they are still available as cheap
downloads, now the time has come to upload a HTML version. Omitted are
the video clips, pictures of many worksplates and the locomotive lists and allocations.
The original text has been largely retained throughout bar the
correction of a few typos. I have taken the opportunity to add a number of
photographs which were not available to me previously although these have
actually appeared on this website. I have also updated the status of some preserved locomotives.
descriptions follow below, but you can click the links below to quickly access
There are, to my mind, very few serious books about the public railways of
Indonesia which cover their steam locomotives. The first two include much
technical information, the third is essentially a photographic album
PNKA Power Parade, A. E.(Dusty) Durrant, Continental Railway Circle 1974
De Stoomtractie op Java en Sumatra, J.J.G. Oegema,Kluwer Technische Boeken
Lokomotip Uap, A,E, (Dusty) Durrant. Uigeveij Elmar B. V. 1989
For those whose interest spread a little wider then two books by Michiel van
Ballegoiken de Jong are also essential reading:
Spoorwegstations op Java
Stations en Spoorbruggen op Sumatra
This project brings together the work of visitors from the time the country
opened up after the 'Sukarno years' by which time principal services were
dieselised but local and branch trains were often steam powered.
The Surabaya Steam Tram
Madiun's Sharp Stewart 2-4-0s
The West Sumatra Coal Railway
The oil palm railways of North Sumatra
The Cepu Forestry Railway in Java
The original CD was issued when a 800 x 600
pixels screen was standard which has been maintained for this rewrite. It would
take a lot of time to rework the images for a 1024 x 768 screen which became our
later standard, one I have also used for the ongoing 'Raj Steam' project. The
larger image size is irrelevant for those who view with a smartphone, I do not
bother to look at the statistics for my site, I would guess that these days
luddites like me who continue to use only a desktop / laptop are in an ever decreasing minority.
Firstly, the photographers.
Those who, I believe, are still mercifully with us:
Keith Chester (KC), Jim Comber (JC), Tony Eaton (TE), Rod Farr (RF), Tony
Ford (TF), Chris Halliwell (CH), Derek Huntriss (DH), Lawrie Marshall (LM), Blake Paterson (BP), Ian Searle (IS), Andrew Smith (AS), James Waite
(JW), Robert Wilson (RW)
Those who, I believe, have gone to the great locoshed in the sky:
Hugh Ballantyne (HB), Gerald Dixon (GD), Michael Egan (ME), Peter Hodge (PH), Peter Michie (PM), Basil Roberts (BR), John Tillman (JT), Nick Tindall (NT), Geoff Todd (GT), Chris Wilkinson
Graham Warburton and Geoff Monks (Alcazar Video) supplied video clips for the
original CD-ROM but these are not included here.
I believe the two pictures of the BB10 on the Labuan branch train are the work of the late Bruce Chennel. I am grateful to E. Wilmshurst for allowing us to use his Java map as the basis for the maps on this CD-ROM.
Dusty Durrant's classic book "Power Parade" inspired me to first visit Java and gave permission to use his loco lists and allocations for the
original CD-ROM (but these are not included here). David Ibbotson of Dorridge
Travel Service made it possible for me with his pioneering tour in 1975 and Hugh Ballantyne arranged for me to lead tours there in 1983/4. All three are now gone.