Trangkil No. 4
At around the same time as Graham was building his garden railway the engineering company he then owned, the LH Group, acquired the Hunslet Engine Company. As many railway enthusiasts will know, in 1971 Hunslet completed the last industrial steam locomotive to be built in the UK. It had been ordered by Robert Hudson & Co Ltd, a Leeds-based supplier of anything from a single wagon to a complete railway system, for delivery to the Trangkil sugar mill estate in Indonesia.
The obvious challenge for Graham was therefore to secure the return of such a historically significant locomotive to the UK for preservation and further use at Statfold. Negotiations were conducted via Hunslet’s agent in Jakarta and Graham visited Java to conclude the transaction and supervise the loading of TRANGKIL No. 4 for the journey home.
Original Railway: Trangkil Sugar Mill, Pati, Central Java
Built By: Hunslet Engine Company