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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday 20 July Pangka

Today was another very steamy day.

The mill at Pangka uses a combination of 90-year old steam locomotives and 60-year old diesels on 600mm gauge track to haul cane from the unloading point for road transport to the mill. This mill is notable in that nearly its entire all-time roster is present, and most of it is still available for use.

Things were pretty much the same as they were in 2008 with one out of three serviceable Jung 0-6-2Ts, both Orenstein & Koppel 0-8-0Ts, two Moës diesels and two Schöma diesels in use. However, the steam locomotives were probably in marginally inferior condition to that noted on 2008. Nevertheless, the present system seems quite well-run and reasonably efficient. It would be a lot more efficient if the track was improved to reduce the frequent derailments at the top of the yard where the full trucks are propelled back over some extensive point work.

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