100 year old Baldwins return home after almost 50 years service in the Philippines

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by jon-monon, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    This story has been unfolding via the rumor mill in the Philippine Railways yahoo group, but is now confirmed by Boone Morrison's article in th ecurrent (Sept/Oct 2004) NGSL.

    Halawa, built in 1899 and Manana, built in 1916 served in HI, until 1947, when they moved to the Philippines and worked the sugar cane plantations in Negros, RP.

    They are to be restored by steam expert Brook Rother in CA before returning to their homeland in HI to serve a new 3 mile tourist rail way. ETA mid 2005.
  2. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That's awesome, never thought i would see the day that a baldwin locomotive that old would be running again. Thanks for the information. :wave: :wave: :wave:
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    You can see #6 and #7 in action here:


    Ironic they quite running regularly 5 or 6 years ago and dieselized. I lived there, a couple islands away from 1983 to 88. If only I had known. Probably could have gone there for $20 fare and been treated as an honored guest. :-\
  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    jon-monon, thanks for posting the link :wave: , i have never seen any locomotives like that before, they are beautiful. :thumb: thanks again for the link :wave:
  5. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great information Jon! Thanks for sharing.
  6. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Sad :( . May of also gave you a job as a wiper. Fred
  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    My understanding is they keep at least one steamer ready to go in case of a diesel shortage, and you can visit it, and they will even fire it up and give you a ride for a fee. They still have several that were not sold. So, if muslim radicals are behaving themselves in Occidental, I might venture that way later this month :D Probably not, but you never know. I'm more likely to go 2 ft. tram chasing on Luzon :D

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