This was a huge project to relieve the constant flooding of the Solo Valley area and provide a huge irrigation project to permit two crops of rice to be grown each year. Work commenced around 1892 and in 1894 24 3' 6" gauge 0-6-0T locomotives were supplied by Cockerill to operate on deceauville type track moving trains of spoil as new channels were built and dredged. It appears that due to escalating costs the project was eventually abandoned before it was fully completed around 1897. The locomotives were sold to the SS and became their numbers 501-524. Later numbers 506 and 516 were sold on to the Pasoeroean Tramway and in 1912 the remainder were renumbered 24-45. 502, 503, 505, 50, 512 & 521 survived after WWII and in the new system were classified as class C13, numbers C1301-C1306. The two Pasoeroean locomotives had also survived along with a third locomotive built for PSSM in 1911 and for some unknown reason were classified as Class C22, becoming C2201-C2203.
Above: This locomotive was SV 6, later SS 506, then PSSM 6 and finally C2201. At some point in its life it was given the name 'LOUISA' which it certainly carried in its PSSM days.
Below: This former SV locomotive found its way to South Sumatra to work on construction trains.
Above: Another ex-SV locomotive in South Sumatra.
Below: SS 32 was formerly SV 10 and later became SS 510 before being retired in the 1930s. This picture was taken in South Sumatra.
Created 27th November 2016.
1st December 2016.
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