This is a four volume set of soft-cover books, mostly photos but with lots of good text. A couple features set them apart, including the outstanding photography, all WWII era but all done by a railfan using a 4 1/4"X 3 1/2" press camera with very professional results. The lack of coverage of these intriguing little railroads means these books are in a class by themselves, since they include rosters and some track plans along with the superb photos.
And the railroads themselves are fascinating--everything from Kauai, which was almost all 30" gauge cane railways, to Oahu, with a 3' gauge main line railroad that used K-28 clones bought new from Alco, serviced all the military installations, employed Shays (unsuccessfully) and a few early diesels and covered the length of that island. Every railroad on each island is presented in enough detail to provide lots of modeling ideas.
Some of this equipment still exists and is operated, mostly on Oahu and Kauai. Best of all, go there--this is a rail fan experience your wife will love!
I just noticed this thread. I had that book on inter-library loan and just returned it last Saturday. I had it about a month. The book I had was one that had all four volumes combined in one hardback book.
It is a great book. If you remember the Number 98 and 76 toward the front the book, I think both could be bashed using one of the MDC HOn3, 2-8-0's. The number 9, 0-6-0 would also be a good one and should be another engine that could be bashed from one of the MDC, HOn3, 2-8-0's.
OK, here's a link to available copies from ABE. Man, as much as I have bought from them and the links, etc...I believe they ought to pay me as a PR man!!! Really, these look very cool and Pam wants to go to Hawaii so I guess we'll get to see some of them up close & personal.
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