Departure, Ambarawa Station
Local children are more than welcome on Rob's tour, unlike most other charter tours on the rack line. The "local coach" was full of them.
It was a bit quiter, though, in the "international carriage".
Children were also outside the train, chasing it on their "lorry".
On the down trip from Bedono the brake rod of the engine snapped. Nothing really serious happened, some people even did not know that there was something wrong. The train eventually stopped after the hand brakes of the coaches were applied till the wheels smoked. But people who had gone off the train to take pictures had to walk down some distance to get back on the train again. My friend Bill Greer said they looked like Napoleon's army retreating from Russia. A few days later, however, it was already repaired.