Hawaii’s Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific Railroad to shut down

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LAHAINA, Hawaii – The famous Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific tourist railroad on Maui will shut down on Aug. 1. Known as the “Sugar Cane Train” the railroad says it is closing “due to a financial decision by the owners.” Local media outlets speculate that the high price of real estate on the land the railroad operates over might be one reason the line is shutting down.

Opened in 1969, the three-foot gauge, six-mile railroad follows a stretch of right-of-way originally constructed to haul sugar cane from the sugar plantation fields in Kaanapali to the Pioneer Mill in Lahaina. The railroad crosses a 325-foot curved wooden trestle whose elevation yields panoramic views of neighboring islands and the West Maui Mountains.

The railroad owns four locomotives:

  • No. 1 Anaka is a narrow gauge 2-4-0 locomotive built by H.K. Porter in February 1943 for the Carbon Limestone Company.
  • No. 3 Myrtle was also built by H.K. Porter in February 1943 for Carbon Limestone Company. A historic sugar cane engine built in 1900 for the Hawaii Railroad and retired in 1945 inspired No. 3’s design, name, and number.
  • No. 5 is an outside frame 0-6-2 saddle tank locomotive. While not in operating condition, it is the only engine owned by the railroad with historic ties to Hawaii. It once ran on the Oahu Railway & Land Company until it was donated in 1954 to the Travel Town Museum in Los Angeles. Through an equipment trade with Travel Town, the LKPRR brought No. 5 back to Hawaii.
  • No. 45 Oahu is narrow gauge Plymouth diesel.


The railroad will operate its regular schedule until Aug. 1. A final, one-way run will be made at 2:30 p.m. on the last day.

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