Hawaiian Railway Society
EWA BEACH — Tickets are still available for the 90-minute long July 4 holiday train ride, which includes historic narration, grade crossings, train whistles and flag-waving, through Ewa and Kapolei to Kahe Point before returning to the Ewa Train Station.
This special charter ride features a historic narrow gauge train that will depart the Ewa Train Museum at 9:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The rails are on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and maintained by the Hawaiian Railway Society.
The railway is the original used by narrow gauge steam locomotives that date back to the 1880’s and Kingdom of Hawaii. King David Kalakaua chartered the original railway line that was later used to carry Queen Liliuokalani to her North Shore retreat.
Passengers will ride in World War I-era Army flatcars converted to passenger cars by members of the Hawaiian Railway Society. The train engines are World War-II Navy diesel locomotives that hauled ammunition, including 16-inch shells, and troops for the USS New Jersey, USS Iowa and USS Missouri.
Other historic points of interest along the trip include the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Fort Barrette and Battery Arizona, where guns from the USS Arizona were located.
The train ride can accommodate wheelchairs.
Advance reservations are needed to prepare the train configuration. Currently, six passenger cars and a parlor car “caboose” are scheduled for each train ride.
July 4 Train Rides
Reserve tickets for the third annual July Fourth Birthday Train Ride. Cost of tickets:
•Adult tickets, $12,
•Seniors (older than 62 years of age), $8
•Keiki ages 2-12 are $8; keiki under 2 years of age are free.