In Search of Last Steam Sugarcane Train in East Java (Part 5-End)

Knowing the diesel locomotive would block the steam loco’s way, we decided to return back to Duwet siding, to see whether if the steam locomotive is there.

Upon arriving at Duwet, we were really surprised that the steam loco is there, hauling the empty hoppers into the Duwet siding.

Apparently the steam locomotive went to the Duwet direction. The reason why it went to Patek direction remained unclear for us.

We went into the field to see the locomotive in its full glory.

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Just for a note, this track was once connected to the network that is belonged to Wringinanom sugar mill.

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Since the rails are buried under the dried leaves, the locomotive looks as if it is stranded in the middle of the field.

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I tried to take the picture from the other side, although I have to admit that the strong light does really made the lighting unfavorable.

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The driver suddenly opened the pressure valve, and all of the condensed steam blown out of the locomotive.

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We visited the cab, where we catch the glimpse of its glowing firebox. Apparently they’re using wood to fire up its boiler.

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The driving console….

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….complete with its driver.

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While we photographed the steam loco, the farmers guide their buffaloes to haul the empty hopper into the field. This view gave impression as if the buffaloes dueled with the loco.

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Some kids found it amusing to push the empty hoppers. You could see how light the hopper is.

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Some mill workers are happy to be photographed. In fact they’re asking me to snap them.

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After the track is cleared, the locomotive returning back to the mill at snail pace.

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So slow that some motorcyclist ignore the whistle.

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But somehow, the locomotive could cross the street safely.

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And it went into the shade.

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Apparently the loco doesn’t return back to the mill, and instead it stayed inside the shade, possibly to wait the hoppers to be loaded.

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It was already late, so we decided to return back to Surabaya, and bade farewell to this rare species.

Finding good food in Situbondo can be really tricky, as the town itself is small, and many of its shops are closed in Sunday.

But just near the Wringinanom narrow gauge line level crossing, there is one restaurant that sells Soto.  The taste is slightly unfamiliar, but it is delicious nevertheless. In addition, it is also cheap. Possibly the cheapest that we ate in Situbondo.

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After paying the meal, we head back to Surabaya straight away. Just outside Situbondo, we stopped by to photograph mount Kukusan, with its jagged peaks.

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Further to the west, we also photographed mount Ringgit.

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This extinct volcano, along with mount Kukusan to the south (below), was probably once a part of a much larger volcano which collapsed during the prehistoric time.

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The collapsing volcano creating a small peninsula which is now occupied by the Olean sugar mill and plantation.

We resumed our journey back to Surabaya. The long trip home went uneventful, and we made a brief pause at Probolinggo to photograph this unique house.

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After that, the journey went uneventful, all the way until Surabaya. I dropped Agra at his auntie’s house before I returning back to my house and concluding this exciting journey.

THE END.

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I'm an adventurous railfans who love to seek out the world of railway, beyond the border of my office.
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