When the Mine closed in 1970, I was given the task of dismantling the treatment plant and shipping it, together with other plant and machinery, to Tanjong Tengku for disposal.
The huge floods at the end of 1970 and early 1971 damaged the railway line in several locations, and finally, huge logs floating down the flooded river damaged the tressells of the Tepisoh railway bridge over the river, twisting the steel rails and causing a derailment of the train and wagons, which caused the plant and machinery to fall into the valley below the bridge.
Cranes mounted on railway flat top wagons were brought from Tanjong Tengku to the coastal side of the damaged bridge and the machinery and plant were lifted up from the valley and loaded back onto flat top wagons and finally hauled down to Tanjong Tengku.
It was a very challenging situation, and I was very
pleased when the project was completed and all the plant and machinery from
Bukit Ibam was finally transferred to Tanjong Tengku.
The steel rail tracks and sleepers were subsequently dismantled and hauled to Tanjong Tengku for disposal, after I had left Rompinco in March 1971
]as narrated by Graeme Scanlon]
Classifier washing the fines
Treatment plant view
Treatment plant view
Conveyors and screens
Conveyor from primary crusher to Blade mill
Feeding Ore into the primary crusher
Treatment plant control panel at primary crusher
Stream to the tailings dam
Sluice gates at weir
Power Station control panels
Power Station control panel
View of Treatment plant and stockpile
Train loading bin
Blade mill emptying onto screen
Here are some historical photographs on Installation of the VHF Radio-Telephone by Malayan Telecoms at Bukit Ibam in 1961
With the VHF connection we were no longer isolated from the rest of the world except by the 50 mile railway, and it provided some peace of mind to handle any possible disasters and emergencies which can occur in potentially dangerous mining operations.
Before the railway line completed all supplies and equipments have to be transported through river
The craft on the Rompin River bringing equipment to Kampong Aur from where it was hauled by Skids behind Bulldozers to the Mine site in 1961.
The first “B” Rocker delivered by rail to Bukit Ibam in 1962.
The distance by river from Kuala Rompin to Kampong Aur was a “Winding” 120 miles, so we were pleased when the railway reached Bukit Ibam and we could bring the Treatment Plant machinery from the coast directly to the Mine by the 50 mile railway.