This 700mm gauge mill is located near to the east of the city of Cirebon.  I made two visits to this mill in 2004 and again in
2006.  Unfortunately all steam operations at this mill have now been ended and the tracks in the delivery yard have been
ripped up and removed.  Like most of the steam operations remaining at that time, the locomotives were used to shunt cane
wagons in the delivery yard and there were no steam hauled field trains.  The loaded cane wagons were propelled into the mill
with the engine pushing from the rear.  Therefore it was difficult to obtain pictures of locomotives at the front of trains.   The
operational locomotives were by a variety of builders including Du Croo and Brauns, Jung, Maffei and Orenstein & Koppel.  
Many of the locomotives, like the others remaining in Java, were at least 75 years old.
Du Croo and Brauns 0-8-0T
No.1 (built 1926) stands at the
front of a line of loaded loris in
the yard at Tersana Baru
(7 August 2004)
Traditionally the locomotives use
bagasse (crushed sugar cane
stalks) as fuel.  However the
tender of Du Croo and Brauns      
0-8-0T No.11 (built 1929)
contains logs resulting in acrid,
tear inducing smoke drifting
across the yard. (7 August 2004)
Through the afternoon there
was constant movement within
the yard despite the derailment
of No.11.  Du Croo and Brauns
0-8-0T No.2 (built 1928) pauses
briefly between shunting duties
              (7 August 2004)
A fitting finale to my first full day
in Java was this stunning line up
of locomotives at the far end of
the yard.  From left to right they
are :

Jung 0-8-0T No.3 (built 1923)
Du Croo and Brauns No.1
Du Croo and Brauns No.2
Maffei No.20 (built 1911)

Four locomotives which between
them had racked up over 325
years of service.  Is it possible
that any four diesels will ever
achieve such longevity?
Jung 0-8-0 No. 3 and Maffei
No.20 standing in the delivery
yard at Tersana Baru (7 August
Another Jung 0-8-0T No.18
standing in the yard with an
auxiliary tender. No.18 was two
years older than No.3 having
been built in 1923
Du Croo and Brauns 0-8-0T No.2
stands in the yard in late afternoon
light.  Although sunset was nearly
two hours away usable light was
just about done for the day.
A scene from my second visit to
Tersana Baru in 2006 when Du
Croo and Brauns 0-8-0T No.12
and Orenstein & Koppel 0-8-0T
No.6 were busy at work in the
delivery yard.
A pair of real steam survivors with  
with 160 years of total service
between them.  

O & K 0-8-0T No.6  was built
1929 and Jung No.18 is the older
of the two having been built in
Du Croo and Brauns No.2 was
still at work during my second
visit in 2006 although it was
paired with a different (and
slightly less balanced) tender
from the shot above taken in
The driver of Jung 0-8-0T No. 3
stands by his machine wearing
the regulation 'safety boots'
adopted almost universally across
the island - a pair of rubberised
'flip-flops' that offer little
protection from hot water and
falling objects!
Another view of Jung 0-8-0T
No.18 with Jung 0-8-0T No. 3
standing in the background
(August 2006)
My visit to the mill had almost
come to an end and by late
afternoon the crews and I had
established a rapport such that
it was possible to get them to
position locomotives for
photographic purposes so long
as it didn't interrupt the working
The further to the west one goes
in Java the less reliable the
weather seems to be and my
2006 visit was on a day with
sunny intervals with long periods
of cloud.  Right at the end of the
day, and with three locomotives
nicely positioned the sun decided
to be kind for what was just
about my final photograph at the
mill.  By 2008 all of these
wonderful steam survivors were  
out of use and must be presumed
to be scrapped.
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