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TRANGKIL No.4 has a special place in the history of the Hunslet Engine Company, having been the last steam locomotive to be built at the Jack Lane Works in Leeds, as works number 3902. Although built as recently as 1971, TRANGKIL’s pedigree can be traced back to the early years of the twentieth century when Kerr, Stuart Ltd of Stoke-on-Trent introduced their ‘Brazil’ class, one of a family of standardised designs of narrow gauge locomotives. Robert Hudson & Co Ltd, a Leeds-based supplier of a wide range of railway equipment, manufactured their own track components and rolling stock but generally supplied locomotives designed and built by established firms like Hudswell Clarke, Avonside or Kerr Stuart, all of which were ultimately acquired by Hunslet.


TRANGKIL was originally built to 750mm gauge and supplied via Robert Hudson for use on the Trangkil sugar mill estate on the island of Java in Indonesia. It worked there for 33 years until made redundant by rationalisation of the estate’s railway system and was returned to the UK in 2004 to become part of the Statfold collection. During a thorough overhaul in the Statfold workshops TRANGKIL was regauged to 2’0”. TRANGKIL sees regular use at Statfold, including once again being employed on the harvest, although now of oil seed rather than sugar cane.


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