The Sugar Cane Train is a tourist attraction on Maui that started in 1969. The train depot is located in Lahaina and is just two doors down from my art studio. You can take a historic journey from Lahaina to Ka'anapali Resort along a six mile stretch of tracks. The train crosses a 325-foot curved wooden trestle and offers panoramic views of neighboring islands and the West Maui Mountains. Monday through Friday I hear the blast of its steam whistle as it takes people along its journey. There are three steam engines used in a rotating manner. The one in this painting is Engine number 3. I have photographed all three from many angles for varying compositions and details. This was quite a challenging painting due to all the fine details of the steam engine and the vanishing points of the train cars. For the gray cement sidewalk I added a touch of color. The two little trees on the left do not exist in real life. I put them in as a replacement of an ugly warehouse building. The building took away the romance feel of my composition. As of August 1, 2014, The Sugar Cane Train has closed. It's sad to see this iconic feature of west Maui disappear.
NOTE; This painting, along with my entire inventory and art studio, was destroyed in the Lahaina fire on August 8th, 2023.
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December 14th, 2012
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