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Steamy Java Sugar Mill Tour 2010, Morning Glories

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.


Kanigoro is just a short drive out of Madiun, it's certainly not in my top ten, but I always enjoy a visit. The view from above the milling area is absolutely splendid. The two Stork dual drive engines were formerly at Tasikmadu which explains why they are rated at 450HP, along with the Werkspoor engines at Panji, the most powerful on the island.

Nearby, they have an eclectic mixture of boiler feedwater pumps. The first is an unusual compound duplex, the others a vertical Java pump and a vertical pump by Clarke Chapman.

The real treasures here are this pair of vacuum pumps by Manlove, Alliott and Fryer, probably dating from 1884.

The vertical engine is an air compressor from John Fletcher, the other engine is a Java pump used for mud.

The main centrifugals are not steam powered but are a delight. The first purging is done with just water and the resultant crystals are mixed with washings and then repurged with water and steam:

Behind is the usual array of pumps, a magnificent belt driven one and the other steam powered - a rarity in the mills.

It's one of the hottest and must humid mills to 'work' in and I was dripping when I retired to the engineers' office to recuperate. Fortunately, we had no significant travelling today and there was time for an extended lunch break in Madiun before the afternoon visit to Rejosari.


Rob and Yuehong Dickinson

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