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Indonesia 1977, Part 10 West Sumatra Coastal Plains

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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From Java the tour moved on to Sumatra, with an initial flight to Padang, the provincial capital and HQ of the spectacular coal railway connecting the mine at Sawahlunto with the port of Teluk Bayur. All pictures in this section were taken between 8th and 10th August 1977.

At Teluk Bayur C3323 was shunting some box vans:

When that was finished, it joined with C3322 to take a long train of empties the short distance to Padang.

Next morning C3093 was prepared to haul the daily mixed to Kayutanam, by this time there was no passenger service beyond although there was a diesel hauled service on the coastal plain to Pariaman branching off at Lubukalung:

The group set out in chase, the stock was hardly salubrious.

This is the bridge at Pasarusang just before Lubuk Alung.

Following behind was sister C3091 on a long train of coal empties:

At Kayutanam, C3091 drew some of the empties forward to the beginning of the rack so that an E10 could be inserted into the consist for the climb to Padang Panjang.


Click here for Part 11 - West Sumatra Rack Railway


Rob Dickinson

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