Jim Chiddix • MacKinnon Simpson

AWARD WINNING BOOK! - ORDER NOW!

A wonderful lens through which to examine Hawaiian history

A beautiful and comprehensive history of one of the country's great narrow gauge railroads

Researchers, historians, railroad fans, and those with an interest in Hawai‘i must have this book!


All Aboard for a train ride from the past into the future. A trip which began in 1889 in Iwilei, hard against Honolulu Harbor, and stretched around much of the Island of O‘ahu until it ended on the last day of 1947. It’s a steam-powered ride, with the chuffing of the drivers drowning out the pounding surf, a ride at times so close to the ocean that seaside passengers are drenched by the waves. You'll pass through thousands of acres of waving green sugar cane, an industry created here by the train on which you're riding. Fellow passengers might include sinewy plantation workers, wealthy kama‘aina headed for the 1899 resort in Haleiwa owned by the line, soldiers and sailors headed into jungle training or the bars and brothels of Honolulu. All Aboard for a trip on OR&L, the tropical narrow-gauge of sugar bags, pineapple boxes and flatcars of bombs!

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Preservation Honor Award

Each year the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation presents a small number of Preservation Honor Awards to distinctive projects of import to the community. Next Stop Honolulu was selected in the Publication category for 2004-2005.
Hawai‘i Book Publishers’ Association Ka Palapala Award

Next Stop Honolulu was selected for a 2005 Po‘okela Award for Excellence in Non-fiction over 31 other entries. This award is juried by a panel of authors, librarians and designers.


An oversize, hardcover 352 page book, Next Stop Honolulu was created by longtime Oahu Railway buff Jim Chiddix and award-winning Hawai‘i historian MacKinnon Simpson. It is the first definitive history of OR&L and was blessed with unprecedented access to the Dillingham corporate and family archives. A number of prominent private photo collections were also opened just for this book.

This book will delight those with an interest in Hawaiian history, as well as rail fans and modelers.

TO VIEW NEW PAGE ON MODELING THE OR&L (under development)- CLICK HERE

TO SEE SOME OF THE MYSTERIES WHICH SURROUND THE OR&L'S HISTORY, CLICK HERE


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