352 pp. Personally inscribed by the author. 2004 first edition, good. Blue board covers, gilt titles to spine. Covers are clean, tho with minor edgewear; chip to rear cover bottom edge. Block is clean; binding tight. Pages are clean and crisp, being profusely illustrated with colour and b/w photographs, map endpapers. No DJ. This is an excellent copy, and the condition would be Very Good / Fine if not for the cover edge chip. Personal inscription by author reads ...... "To Ed & Stephanie, with warmest Aloha! Jim".
"Next Stop Honolulu" is the story of the Oahu Railway & Land Company 1889-1971, a narrow-gauge railroad that served the island and its residents for nearly 60 years. It enabled (and was made possible by) the sugar and pineapple industries that were the economic engine of Hawaii in the early days. The train also made Honolulu accessible to and from the rest of the Island for passengers and freight. The Oahu Railway was one of the most sophisticated narrow-gauge lines in the country, featuring automatic block signals, a double tracked mainline, and helper engine service on the steep grade to Wahiawa.
In addition to taking raw sugar to the docks and pineapples to the canneries, it hauled garbage to the dump, South Seas guano fertilizer to plantations, coral concrete to construction sites, landfill to lagoons, oil and gasoline and on and on. During and prior to each war it hauled shore guns to batteries, ammunition to bases and depots and ships, and soldiers and sailors to the downtown bars and brothels. It had 4 heavy Mikado locomotives, and a host of other steam locomotives.
"Next Stop Honolulu" is a definitive history of the Oahu Railway, but is also a lens through which to view and understand the history of Hawaii across an era that took the Islands from a sleepy whaling port to a key part of the US, poised for statehood. It contains a rich selection of photographs, drawings, and newspaper clips that tell the story in the words of the day. This book will delight those with an interest in Hawaiian history, as well as rail fans and modellers.