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Steamy Java Sugar Mill Tour 2010, Purwodadi Pleasures

This series of pages from July and August 2010 records our travels from China to Malaysia and on to Java, Indonesia where we were hosting the 'Steamy Java Tour 2010'. Click here for the main Winds of Change index page.


Purwodadi may not have the most working steam engines in Java, but they are in good condition and extremely well set out for photography. Coming into the mill, the crusher engine (of unknown origin) is out of use but beyond are three Werkspoor engines installed simultaneously. The first is a single drive, the other two dual drive:  

Round the corner are the vacuum pumps, one each from Werkspoor (left) and Stork (right).

Two water injection pumps are in use here, both British. That on the left is from Sissons, that on the right Bellis and Morcom.

Perhaps the least easily photographed engine here (apart from the out of use Werkspoor vacuum pump) is this Werkspoor compressor. The other smaller compressor which used to be next to it has been moved in the last few years.

There are two steam powered mud pumps here, the smaller one was in use. The large twin engine pump is maybe reserved for when the mill is busier.

The real treasure here, though, is the twin engine Sangerhausen water pump which is used to drive the high grade centrifugals, one of only two such machines left working in Java. Below are seen the actual centrifugals.

As I have also found in my recent trips to the rice mills in Burma, the dust has been playing hell with my respiratory system and I am restricting myself to showing the tour members where everything is and then doing the briefest recording possible. On this occasion, Yuehong and I retired to the nearest Alphamart to enjoy the contents of their fridge (Bintang) and freezer (ice cream). Alas the beer acts only as a temporary anaesthetic and the ice cream does her no favours either. Seven nights left... Next up would be Kanigoro.


Rob and Yuehong Dickinson

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