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LCCA Announces 50th Anniversary Miller Engineering Sign!

Just in time for the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the LCCA a newly designed sign produced by Miller Engineering will be available to all LCCA members. This special piece of LCCA history will be offered in two distinct styles, the traditional building mount and available in a desk mount.  Both signs will flash LCCA and highlight 50 years of service to members.

This engine sign will first be available to attendees of the LCCA convention in Chicago and after the convention be put on sale at the LCCA web store.  Either sign will cost $35.00 plus shipping.  Included with each sign will be a double sided billboard insert highlighting info on the engine and a brief history of the club.

A special thank you to RM 3963 Tony Dombroski for his work in the design and efforts to get this product produced and available for sale.  Tony selected the engine for this sign as consistent with our Lenny the Lion theme, its simplicity of size and design while offering the spirit and openness of our club and our hobby.  Here is a brief history of the Baldwin engine - Olomana 

History of the Baldwin 1883 locomotive Used to Create this Design

The original engine was built in Pennsylvania by the Baldwin Company in 1883. It was shipped from Philadelphia to Oahu Hawaii.This was the third engine of its kind and given the name, Olomana, the name of a mountain on the island.

The engine was use in the sugar cane fields to pull several cars of cane leaves to the refinery to make sugar that was shipped to its world markets. The track gauge for this engine was 3 feet and the only train in the islands to use such a large gauge. The track was light weight and very easily moved, keeping the train close to where the cane was being harvested. The oil used in these engines was a poor grade which reduced the cost of running them.

In 1944 the Waimanolo Sugar Company retired its engines and began using trucks, to haul the leaves to the refinery.  This engine has been restored and preserved at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasbourg, Pennsylvania.