World War II Era Historical Images From the Collection of Richard May
This photograph of Number Five was taken exactly four months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor by John May (no relation to the engine's owner). The seventeen year old son of the superintendent of the Hawaii Consolidated Railway, May walked across the Big Island to photograph the little narrow gauge line.
In this August 1941 photograph by John May, Number Five is seen climbing the three percent grade out of Mahukona. Note the "manuel sander" and the two barrels of sand on the engine's pilot.
This is Number Five's boiler certificate for the year of 1944.
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