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Matthew Gustafson

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Disneyland and Walt Disney World Railroads!
« on: November 05, 2008, 12:30:35 PM »
Since im a member of the Disney Railroads Disscusion From and I love their steam trains! Let me talk some info about both railroads! My favorite engine at DisneyLand is 2-4-4 #3 which used to be a 0-4-4 that was built by Baldwin in 1896 making it the oldest steam engine on any of the steam engines at the Disney Park Railroads and it ssed to work at a suger plant in Louisiana! Also my favorite engine at Walt Disney World Is 4-4-0 #4 Built by Baldwin in 1916 and was lettered #251 were it worked in Mexico's 36 inch branch line down in the deep jungles of Mexico until it was bought along with #1 a 4-6-0, #2 a 2-6-0 #3 a 4-6-0 & #5 a 2-6-0! Note #5 was the oldest, bult by The Philladlphia Locomotive Works in 1902, making it the oldest at Walt Disney World and the second oldest on any of the Disney Park Railroads but was it was in too bad state to be restored so it was sadly scrap. :)   
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Steve Klare

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Re: Disneyland and Walt Disney World Railroads!
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2008, 10:15:25 PM »
When I graduated from college in 1986, my parents took me to Florida on vacation to celebrate, and we camped at the Fort Wilderness Campground at Disneyworld. It was like no other campground on the planet because there was a network of 30" gauge track all over the place.

Being who I am and how I feel about this stuff I kept looking for the trains, but unfortunately they had given up on the system and it had been replaced by road trams.

In 1995 we went back again, and it was almost all gone. but once again being who I am and how I feel about this stuff I found an intact switch in the weeds right outside our campsite. I guess the scrapping crew was stumped about pulling up a switch so they left it behind.

Apparently it was an impractical idea: labor intensive, noisy, dirty....but what a hoot it would have been to stay at a campsite with a narrow gauge train on your doorstep!

Here's what I never got to see:
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