The International Steam Pages

Indonesia 1977, Part 8 In the Shadow of Mount Slamet

Derek Huntriss had what he describes as 'his best ever trip' to Indonesia in 1977. You may like to compare what he saw with what I saw a year earlier in Java although he had less time available and also went to West and Norrth Sumatra. He and companion John Hunt very loosely attached to the Dorridge Travel Group which t hey used for cheap flights, the special train at Ambarawa and also to chase the train between Kediri and Pare. As you will see, he took every opportunity to do a bit of 'riding on the loco'.. I believe these pages will be of special interest to Indonesian enthusiasts who will be very grateful to Derek for making these pictures available. If you are one of them, please respect his copyright and thereby ensure that further such pages will appear from time to time. The "I" in the captions refers to webmaster RD who has actually written most of the captions after reference to Derek - a real role reversal as Derek has often done the same job for a number of books he has helped produce.

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The Dorridge Tour which I went on in 1975 left out Tegal and it was indeed a huge and pleasant surprise when I rediscovered  the quality operation here in 1976. Steam operated along the north coast main line east to Pekalongan and south to Prupuk on the Cirebon to Purwokerto line which continued to the south coast of the island. Derek and John only had time to sample the latter.

Our visit starts at Prupuk on 5th August 1977, where D1503 is waiting to depart around midday.

An early stop was at Margasari, the half hidden volcano is Mount Slamet, the second highest on Java after Mount Semeru:

Intriguingly, the station at Balupulang has what appears to be a locoshed, it cannot have been functional for a long time, certainly it is not included in the list of subsheds quoted in Durrant's 'Power Parade' book. (Looking at Google Earth, the building appears to be still there. RD):

Approaching Tegal, the train was brought to a halt just where the line starts to run next to the north coast main line:

The shed at Tegal is some way north of the station, walking down, they passed D1505 shunting, it is likely that this had worked the Pekalongan service that day. The picture clearly shows the long wheel base that necessitated the fitting of Klien Lindner axles although by now both it and sister D1503 were running as 0-6-2T:

Also in steam outside the shed were B5212 and B2202:

Since this was the only working B22 (and indeed the only working skirt tank) seen on the trip, here is a broadside picture of it:

Next morning, B5212 was in steam again and was found down by the station, the shed is behind the water tower in the background on the right:

Click here for Part 9 - The Wild West of Java.

Rob Dickinson