Maduksimo is a privately-owned mill that was built from scratch by the East Germans and so its entire rail system came as a job lot in 1955 and the locomotives are a rare type built by VEB Karl Marx Babelsburg. There are no field lines, but quite a few locos work in the yard with plenty more in the shed, nearly all complete. A regular mud train is run but we weren’t there at the right time to see it.
This is a very friendly mill, and our guide, Shinta, spoke very good English.
|The VEB locos move loris from transhipment yard to the mill|
|The shed contains plenty of locos in reserve|
|Stern warnings in the cabs|
|Some of the loris were built with brakes like this one|
|The mill mud tramway|
|Aditya, Shinta and Scott|
|Maintained with pride|
We next visited Gondang Baru, a mill on the way from Yogya to Solo, where we were to stay the night. There are quite a few locomotives, mostly steam, “preserved” here. Only one diesel is in use on cane operations and is used to move empty loris. The shunting of fulls is done by rubber-wheeled tractors. Perhaps the most interesting operation is the 400mm gauge limestone tramway. There are tourist rail operations, with a working steam loco, on a Sunday.
|Linke Hoffmann locomotive|
|Orenstein and Koppel steamed on Sundays for tourists|
|The fascinating 400mm gauge limestone tramway|
|The only locomotive on cane duties|
|Sectioned at the "museum"|
We then travelled on to Solo, otherwise known as Surakarta.
|A residential street close to the railway station|