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Those were the days... Rejosari Sugar Mill

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Rejosari is the most remote of Madiun's mills and has always had a delightful rural atmosphere. Even after the field lines closed, there was a significant run for steam from the road yard, but alas from 2004 all cane has arrived directly to the mill and the amount of railway left is minimal although steam remains active.

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My first visit to Rejosari was on 5th August 1975, we left Madiun late in the afternoon and were lucky to see Henschel Luttermöller #12 by the roadside. By the time we got to the mill, the light had failed completely.

Rejosari kept its field lines well into the 1980s, consequently the smaller OK 0-4-2T were used to work the trains from the road transfer yard, this is #4 waiting to go on 24th August 1984.

Everyone's favourite locomotive here is the OK jackshaft 0-8-0T #10. On 24th August 1990 it was working from the road transfer yard bearing a yellow livery which did not last long.

OK Luttermöller 0-10-0 #11 had inside frames and is seen near the same spot as #10 above but in yet another new livery on 23rd August 1993.

The 'normal' OK 0-8-0T got very little attention from visitors here. #7 was working the ash train in the latest paint scheme on 14th July 1997.

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Rob Dickinson