The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Tum-tum

This vintage railway car was built using a wooden platform and four wheels that allowed it to sit on railway tracks. Girmityas called it the tum-tum and it was used to transport tools for track maintenance. A set of gears allowed the car to be propelled upon the push and pull of the pumper lever. To change which way the car would go, one needed only to stop the lever mid-pump and then pump the lever in the opposite direction. A simple footbrake mechanism was used to stop the car. The tum-tum was ideally used by two people. This tum-tum was used by the Colonial Sugar Refining Company on the railways used for transporting sugar cane to the sugar mills.

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