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Those were the days... Kadhipaten Sugar Mill

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Kadhipaten was the westernmost of all Java's sugar mills. After years of declining activity, it had a short season in 1999 and never re-opened. The mill has subsequently been demolished and all the locomotives scrapped: There is a 1991 video on my YouTube channel - (added 3rd July 2013)..

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My first visit to Kadhipaten was on 26th April 1977, although it was the middle of the day, DB 0-8-0T #3 made a fine sight as it arrived with a loaded train.
On 15th June 1978, Maffei 0-8-0T #4 paused on a bridge over a drainage channel for a portrait shot.
In the mid 1990s, a small hotel opened in Kadhipaten village making it possible to take night pictures without an unpleasant long journey back to base afterwards. This was Maffei 0-8-0T #5 on 5th July 1997.
Unlike most mills on Java's north coast, Kadhipaten's trains tended to run before sunset. The final approach to the mill involved stopping the traffic on the main road between Bandung and Cirebon, this was DB 0-8-0T #2 on 7th August 1990.
Chunky DB 0-8-0T #1 was the mill's star performer, being modern enough to have piston valves. The late afternoon sun illuminates it perfectly as it takes in a loaded train on 19th August 1988.

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Rob Dickinson