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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PG Wringinanom and PG Olean Tuesday 24 July 2012

Today we visited Wringinanom which is in Situbindo. Here we checked out the mill yard and went to a long bridge which was rebuilt a few years ago after being swept away in a flood. A couple of trains came out with empty loris headed by small Japanese Kyosan Kogyo locomotives.
Keio loco at the transhipment hoist

Leaving the mill

Crosssing the bridge with empties for the field
Java is an island of volcanoes

We went back to the mill and there was interesting activity in the loco workshop - building up wheelset tyres with weld, blacksmithing and fitting an engine to the famous Baguley diesel RUHAAK which has been transferred here recently.

Working the bellows at the forge

Blacksmith at work

RUHAAK will run again!
The carrier bringing cane from the unloading station into the mill

There followed a brief trip to Olean Mill, to see if we could find a steam-hauled field cane train. Indeed we were fortunate to do so because after finding another Kyosan Kogyo diesel an Orenstein and Koppel 0-8-0T arrived and awaited a loading to take back to the mill. It eventually set off but in perhaps typical Olean fashion it derailed after travelling about a kilometre.

Diesel brings cane to the steam loco
An expectant crowd

Finally - a real steam field line cane train

We rushed back to Wringinanom to catch a double-headed diesel field train returning to the mill.
Shepherd and flock

A delightful surprise - double heading

Arriving back at the mill

Definitely a very succesful day.

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