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Those were the days... Sudhono Sugar Mill

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Sudhono is a small mill that kept some steam even after the field lines were abandoned. The operation was interesting, if a little inefficient, in that a series of locomotives would take the road deliveries part way round the mill's oval layout before handing over to the next. These days all the steam is stored in varying condition.


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I first visited Sudhono on 8th June 1978, on our way out from Madiun we passed Henschel 0-4-0T #9 on the roadside.

For my next visit on 26th May 1979, the locomotives had turned a darker shade of green and this was OK 0-6-0T #3 at work.

By 5th August 1984, the livery had changed to a smart lined blue and Maffei 0-8-0T #4 was working the final part of the circuit. 

At the same time, OK 0-8-0T #6 was working an earlier section.

The star attractions at this mill were the Jung 0-6-0 with Stutz tenders (an Engerth variation). #2 was photographed in the late afternoon of 1st August 1994 showing this feature well.

OK 0-4-2 #10 was a late addition to the roster having previously worked at Rejosari. By 31st July 1997 it had lost its tanks and had been regauged from 700mm to 600mm.


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Rob Dickinson

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