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From Stefan Matthäus:
 
I have been often in Indoneisa and two times in the railway museum of Ambarawa in Middle Java, one time in 2001 and another time in 2005. There is one locomotive left which is very interesting
for your Hedjas Railway website. This locomotive is class D51 which was originally constructed by Hartman of Chemnitz for the Hedjas Railways at 1050 mm gauge. I think in Damaskus still one of her sisters exists. Due to the attacks of Lawrence of Arabia the operation of the Hedjas Railway was
stopped during WW1 and so Hartmann in 1920 was no more able to deliver 10 ordered locomotives to the system. So Hartmann found a new customer, the locos have been regauged to 1067 mm and delivered to the Nederland India colony which is now Indonesia to the railway system of Staats Spoorwegen (SS), the locos got the numbers SS 1501 to SS 1510. They were used for example in 1939 in the area of Yogjakarta in middle of Java. In the 1930's to 1970's at least one of them even had german style smoke defelctors (Wagner style), and D5106 hat Witte style smoke deflectors in 1971. The last of them, D5104 and D5106 have been stationed in Kutoardjo and Cepu and later in Purwokerto during the 1970's. D5106, ex. SS 1506 (Hartmann works no 4134 of 1920) is now preserved in Ambarawa.
 
For D5106 in Ambarawa see also http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/ambarawa/locos/D5106.htm
My gift for your websites are some pictures of indonesian steam locomotive D5106 from 2001 and 2005. Since my last visit in February the loco already should be repainted again, as other exponats already were, and some others still not
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Your website is also potentially interesting for my own website project, as a friend and I inverstigate researches into the Henschel Patent Kondenslokomotive, see www.kondenslok.de, but it is in german. I have browsed through your website and I came to the conclusion that water supply
for the locomotives on the Hedjas railway should have been a big problem at least in some sections. So propably, if the Hedjas railway would have not been taken out of service during WW1, in the 1930's after the condensing steam technology has been introduced and improved by Henschel also the operators of it would have searched the contact to Kassel to check out the possibility to run condensing steam locos on that line, as Argentinia and Iraq (Bagdad-Basra-Line) did at that times as well. kondensierte Grüße, Stefan Matthäus www.kondenslok.de