Old Trains of West Oahu

It may be hard to think that Oahu ever needed a railway line, but between 1890 and 1947 the narrow gauge trains of Oahu Railway and Land Company served the sugar mills of west Oahu. They carried equipment and supplies, as well as passengers from Honolulu to Kahuku. The trains carried raw sugar and molasses from the various mills to the docks at Pearl Harbor for export.

During World War II, the trains also operated 24 hours per day to help transport ammunition, troops, and military supplies from Pearl Harbor to different parts of the Leeward Coast.

Several old trains are now being preserved nears Barbers Point by the Hawaiian Railway Society. You can contact them via their web site or at (808) 681-5461 (FAX (808) 681-4860).


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Author: Peter Mouginis-Mark
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