It was another long road trip to Sumberharjo Mill via Tegal, where we are staying for three nights.
Sumberharjo was a complete contrast to yesterday, with seven steam locomotives in use, more than on the 2008 visit.
Sumberharjo is one of the few mills left in Indonesia to operate field lines. The area is low-lying and obviously flood-prone, with extensive drainage works having built through what were once swamps, so the future of these tramways is quite optimistic.
We were able to see locomotives working on the field lines. Empties are taken out in the mid to late morning and the loco then sits for an extended period of time awaiting full trucks to return to the mill. This means that the loaded trains operate while it is dark.
We went to a spot where domestic water buffalo were being used to haul cane trucks over temporary track laid into the fields (although we didn’t actually see them hauling any trucks).
- Saturday 17 July Jakarta
- Sunday 18 July 2010 Jakarta to Cirebon and Tersana...
- Monday 19 July Cirebon to Tegal and Sumberharjo Mi...
- Tuesday 20 July Pangka
- Wednesday 21 July Sragi and Sumberharjo
- Thursday 22 July Tegal to Bandungan via Cepiring M...
- Friday 23 July Bandungan to Solo via Amberawa and ...
- Saturday 24 July Gondang Baru mill and Prambanan
- Sunday 25 July Solo to Madiun via Purowodadi
- Monday 26 July Madiun to Cepu via Pagottan, Kanigo...
- Tuesday July 27 Cepu Forestry Railway
- Wednesday 28 July – Cepu to Kediri via Soedhono an...
- Thursday 29 July Kediri to Probolinggo via Merican...
- Friday 30 July Probolinggo to Situbondo via Gendin...
- Saturday 31 July Semboro and Olean
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