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Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday 1 August – Wringinanom, Panji and Assembagus

Today was the last day of our official tour, and we finished up at Java's easternmost sugar mill. The post-tour tour starts tomorrow.
The hotel where we were staying at Situbondo was one of the more pleasant ones – particularly from the outside of the rooms.
The first visit of the morning was to Wringinanom mill, where there was an array of interesting diesels including some smaller Japanese ones as exemplified by the top and tail of this parade.

We also saw a field train departing with empties.

The second visit was to Panji, a 600mm gauge mill. This smart little Schoema was working at the carrier.

This more usual type of Japanese loco was shunting outside the mill.

On our way to Assembagus we passed a large number of squads of school students – on a Sunday – practising their marching for Independence Day later in August in convoy, including this determined-looking group of boys.

Assembagus was most enjoyable. This American Brookville diesel is seen crossing a small bridge over what is normally an open culvert beneath the line outside the loco shed.

At the field we again saw oxen hauling cane along the temporary tracks – obviously they are not as strong as the water buffalo that we saw handing much longer 'trains' elsewhere.

And finally a typical east Java cane railway scene: steam loco, rice paddy, volcano, palm trees – and power line.

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