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Those were the days... Prajekan Sugar Mill

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Prajekan is a mill which was modernised in the 1980s and was happy to abandon steam as it lines were steeply graded and presumably difficult (and dangerous) to operate. 

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My first visit to Prajekan was on 31st May 1979 and OK 0-8-0 #1 was yard pilot. When the mill finished with steam it was transferred to De Maas but they managed to wreck it during its first season there... 

Also present was OK 0-8-0T #2 which was presumably waiting to take some empties out.

The mill had three Luttermöllers and on 31st July 1984 the tour group I was leading saw OK 0-10-0 #7 take out a set of empties on the line that ran south next to the Bondowoso road.

Outbound trains in this direction were smokebox first, presumably on account of the gradient, which meant they were tender first returning. OK 0-8-0 #5 approaches the mill on the same day with a cane train.

After running round, #5 took the loris through the weighbridge and then presumably on to the main yard. This locomotive was later transferred to Asembagus where it was still active in 2008.

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Rob Dickinson