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May 13, 2015

“Glenbrook” Steam Up Celebration

By: Andrew Brandon

Glenbrook Steam Up

On May 23rd the Nevada State Railroad Museum will be hosting a special event showcasing the first public steam even featuring Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming #1 “Glenbrook”. Restoration of the “Glenbrook” back to an as-delivered 1875 appearance was a project spanning several decades involving careful research and hard work by NSRM volunteers. To celebrate the museum will have Virginia & Truckee Railroad #22 “Inyo” (Baldwin 1875), and #25 (Baldwin 1905) under steam and will be offering train rides throughout the day.

Members of the PacificNG team will be on hand to document the event and we will be posting photographs of the event here on the blog and forum. However we encourage you to come join us at the celebration May 23rd. Where else can you see two beautifully restored Baldwin locomotives from the 1870s under steam?

March 30, 2015

PacificNG in Washington D.C.

By: Andrew Brandon

Randy and I are over in Washington D.C. this week in search of information at the National Archives, Smithsonian and the Post Office archives. Among the items we’ve seen are countless trade catalogs relating to locomotives, industrial railroad equipment and details down to car springs. It will take some time to process this material, for now enjoy this sheet of postal rules for narrow gauge RPO cars.

Postal Mail Rules For Narrow Gauge RPO Cars

From the Smithsonian National Postal Museum library.

November 19, 2014

Oahu’s Narrow-Gauge Navy Rail, a book review

By: Randy Hees

I recently received a copy of a new book, Oahu’s Narrow-Gauge Navy Rail, authored by Jeff Livingston. This is one of the Arcadia Publishing “Images or Rail” books. Like other Arcadia books it is primarily a book of photographs. Unlike many other Arcadia books this is a very well researched and written work.

Jeff has divided the work into four chapters: Building a Shipyard; 1908-1920, Expansion; 1921-1940, World War II; 1941-1945, and The Postwar Period and the End; 1946-1970.

The work includes the construction and operation of the railroad system at the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, as well as the associated shipyard and dry docks, coaling station, submarine base, as well as munitions facilities at Kuahua Island, West Loch and Laullualei. With the abandonment of the Oahu Railroad and Land Companies mainline in 1947, the Navy assumed ownership and operation of the line between Pearl Harbor, West Loch and Laulllualei, eventually reduced to just the 12 miles between West Loch and Laullualei. The Navy suspended railroad operations in 1972, with much of the remaining track, and some rolling stock being transferred to the Hawaiian Railroad Society, who continue to operate a museum and train ride in part using historic US Navy equipment from Ewa today.

Of particular interest is the significant if strange mix of rolling stock purchased by the Navy during the war. Cars from East Broad Top, The Pacific Coast, Nevada County Narrow Gauge, Colorado Southern ( via the RGS) and D&RGW all found their way to Hawaii.

Jeff Livingston, Oahu’s Narrow-Gauge Navy Rail, (Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2014) ISBN987-1-4671-3197-1

Jeff is a retired Naval Officer, and the Historian for the Hawaiian Railroad Society where is the author of many of the Historian’s Pages, and the author of the pages on the Pearl Harbor’s railroads, Oahu Railroad & Land Company and the Koolau Railway on this site.

October 3, 2014

Site layout change this weekend.

By: Andrew Brandon

There will be a slight adjustment to our site styling (template) this weekend. This is a long overdue revision and will be the first stage of several upgrades coming to the site over the next few months. You may have noticed the navigation menu to the left has changed color and style, this was the first change made due to the scripting involved. The entire site template will be changed in the next 48 hours. During this time some components of the site like the forum, image gallery and this blog may still appear with the old styling. The complete changeover may take a few days to take effect depending on your web browser settings.

Stay tuned…