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Real Steam in India 2004 - Other Sugar Factories
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Thanks for what is contained here are primarily due to Ashok Sharma of Special Tours of India, email@example.com (Fax ++ 91-11-25512-816 if no reply), who made arrangements for all the visits and accompanied me on this Bihar and Uttar Pradesh section. Click here for more information.
The survival of stationary steam engines in India's sugar factories had been the subject of some speculation in news groups before I planned my trip and I hoped to gather some firm information during it. In the event, I managed to visit 6 factories in all. The results are documented below:
If you are seriously interested, I can provide a CD ROM of nearly 300 images taken in these mills (1600 x 1200, good quality JPEG) which show nearly all the engines etc listed below. A small charge (£10 / U$ 20 / Euros) will be charged to cover my costs and make a contribution to the expenses incurred to get the pictures..
This mill appears to be 100% modernised.
2 Mill engines built by Fives-Lille (1925)
Motipur Sugar Factory (closed)
This factory has not worked for some years and would require some considerable investment to be restarted. It used a carbonatation process until 1992 when it was converted to double sulphitation. The factory dates from 1933 and appears to have been kitted out completely by Stork, of course in the intervening period, various items had been replaced by electric motors etc. Staff were reluctant to let me poke around too much, allegedly there were many snakes in dark corners... All four steam locomotives were in store and in as good a condition as could be expected.
Stork engine S86358/1933, drop valves, driving crusher and first two mills
Additionally the mill used a Dorr clarifier, with associated mud press filters. In addition to the high grade centrifugals noted above, there were some 1989 electrically powered low grade centrifugals.
Hathua Sugar Factory
The mill has apparently not worked since 1997 and my view is that the equipment is generally in such a state that there is no way that it could be reopened. In its final years, the mill used a double sulphitation process although some carbonatation equipment (eg lime kiln) remains. The steam locos appeared to be present (in the open), but I had no time to check them.
Steam turbine powered cane shredder
Sidwalia Sugar Factory (Upper Ganges Sugar Mills)
Duplex juice pumps (2)
Gopalganj Sugar Factory (Vishnu Sugar Mills)
Vertical boiler water feedpump by Weir
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson