Two historical documentaries on Hawaiian Railways have just been released.
The Lihue Plantation (30 inch gauge) was filmed in 1959 two weeks before the end of its operation. Robert Haney was given permission by the plantation to film, and spent three days documenting the operations.
Lihue Plantation The Last Hawaiian Sugar Train
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The Kahului Railroad
The Kahului Railroad (36 inch gauge) was filmed in 1960 just after the re-tubing of steam locomotive #12. Robert Haney was given permission by the railroad to film the railway, and spent several days documenting the operations. This film shows both locomotive #12 and many diesels switching and hauling freight.
The films are historical documentaries with over an hour and a half of content including interviews with Robert Haney about the railroads, and also his Pearl Harbor experience.
Robert Haney was 20 years old and was at the Pearl Harbor attack. Robert Haney worked in the machine shop at Pearl Harbor as a civilian and describes getting the shops ready for the war, the day of the attack, and his involvement the following week after the attack.
Both films are available at DirectMusicCafe.com on line, or by phone.