The windows seen in the background of the photo of a picnic in about 1939 that was included in a post here yesterday has been identified as an Oahu Railway & Land Co. coach by two independent experts. You can see them in the upper right of the photo. It’s just a small area, hence the question about what we’re seeing.
Constantinos Papacostas left a long comment, beginning with:
The railroad car appears to be identical to the green passenger cars employed by Dillingham’s OR&L (Oahu Railroad and Land Company).
He added links to two other presentations.
- See more at: http://www.ilind.net/2013/02/06/a-pre-wwii-picnic/#comments
Just for emphasis, another reader emailed these pictures of a couple of old OR&L rail car sitting out in Ewa.
Then I emailed MacKinnon Simpson, the guy who literally wrote the book on Oahu’s old trains, as co-author of “Next Stop Honolulu! The Story of Oahu Railway & Land Company.”
His quick answer: “OR&L coach for sure.”
After consulting other local railway researchers, he added: “General consensus among the research team is that the photo was likely taken on the Leeward Coast in the vicinity of Nanakuli.”