|This is a general view of Kertapati
shed with a C30 2-6-2T outside it. The gentleman crossing the tracks
appears to be 'liberating' some of the coal from the transfer yard
on the right of the picture.
|This is a close up view of Kertapati
shed and with steam operation at a low ebb, it is almost empty. No
doubt the diesels had their own separate maintenance depot..
|C3082 and C3065 rest outside Kertapati
shed. The latter was the locomotive later chartered to PTBA, which
is probably why it was chosen eventually to go to the railway museum
at Taman Mini on the outskirts of Jakarta on Java.
|This is C3082, apart from three
examples in West Sumatra, all of this numerous class was based in
South Sumatra in later years although some had been sent elsewhere
in South East Asia, including Cambodia, by the Japanese during the
Second World War.
|This is the worksplate on C3082. Apart
from Hanomag, other locomotives of this class were built by
Hohnezollern, Borsig and Werkspoor.
|This is a close up of C3065, later
PTBA paid for it to go through Lahat works, almost certainly the
last steam overhaul done there.
|Keith took the opportunity to 'cab'
C3072. It appears that he has come straight from a day in the
|Like all large Indonesian cities,
Palembang would have attracted economic migrants who were often
squatters next to the railway lines. One of the D52s drifts past a
|This is D52010 with a traditional
freeloader. The area was totally flat (it was very swampy) and there
would have been no overbridges to worry about!
|D52047 rests on shed between duties.
Little boys the world over have a fascination with railways and
these two were lucky enough to be able to play around their idol.
The bag on the front of the loco probably contained coal for the
crew's family to cook with, it certainly wouldn't have been needed
|D52047 takes water. For the squatters,
this was probably their cleanest source of water to do their
washing. No doubt they would have showered under the water crane as
well. Young ladies when disturbed so engaged would try to cover
their modesty but such was their relaxed nature that they usually
returned a friendly wave...
|Another little boy gets to live out
his dreams. The D52 were built by Krupp, D52047 should have carried
works number 3270 but the plate appears to be 3258 which would have
corresponded to D52035 which was also stationed here. Each D52
carried no less than six numberplates as well as two worksplates and
a Krupp triangle. As a souvenir set they would comfortably have
exceeded the free baggage allowance for a visitor but many indeed
found their way to Europe and other parts of the world.
|Inside the cab of what, from the
shuttering on the window and the size of the firebox, I assume to be
a D52 probably D52047 above.
|A pile of ballast is unloaded from a
truck, in the far background is the shed and the signal cabin is
shown in the next picture. The ballast was brought in from some
distance by truck as there was no suitable local supply near the
|This is the signal cabin of
traditional Dutch design.
|A D52 with a set of PTBA coal wagons
approaches a level crossing. Despite the barriers, which no-one has
bothered to lower, the line itself is completely unfenced and on the
left are examples of traditional Indonesian public transport, a
becak and a horse drawn dokar, both of which 30 years later must be
|From the original scan, most likely
this is D52029 which, according to Durrant's 'Loko Uap' was one of
ten D52 2-8-2s allocated to the system mainly for working coal
trains between Kertapati and Tanjung Enim.