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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PG Asembagus Wednesday 25 July 2012

Today was the last day of my tour and we visited Asembagus Mill, the most easterly in Java.

Following routine, we visited the office and had a quick look in the mill yard. A steam locomotive was being prepared for a return visit of the steam group in a few days time.

Firewood being placed in the tender

Kyosan Kogyo and Orenstein and Koppel locomotives

American Brookville

We then hitched a ride on a locomotive taking empties to the fields and saw it commence its return to the mill. It was a very hot dusty day.
Our train of empty loris

Meeting to discuss the record number of white men seen on a loco

Through the village. Cattle look on.

In the goat house

Sisworo in pursuit

Yes, there is an operating cane railway in there somewhere

Heading back

After lunch we returned to the mill and viewed the many steam hulks around the yard. Most disused steam in Indonesia can be found in loco sheds, but not here.

A once proud Mallet

Cleaning the loco at the end of the shift

Security detail being mustered

We then headed out to try and catch another field line train with moderate success. At the harvesting point, oxen were being used to haul the loris to the main line

In the village

Last cane train of the trip

Tomorrow I commence my journey home, travelling to the port of Banyuwangi to cross over to Bali by ferry and then onward to Denpasar. Thanks to Berd Seiler, John Raby, Scott Jesser, and all who helped to make this such an enjoyable trip.

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