Railfanning the Walt Disney World Railroad

July 19, 2009 Railfanning.org 0

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s no coincidence that the first attraction to greet guests of the Magic Kingdom is the railroad. Disney Imagineers traveled to Mexico to scout steam trains that could be refurbished and put to use pulling guests around the Magic Kingdom. By 1971, the tracks were laid and the steam trains were running. Here are some videos from the Walt Disney World Railroad. To read more about the history of the Walt Disney World Railroad, click here.

WDW Classics: It started with a steam train

April 20, 2009 Railfanning.org 0

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s no coincidence that the first attraction to greet guests of the Magic Kingdom is the railroad. After all, trains played such an important role in Walt Disney’s life – even Mickey Mouse was created on a train. Disney’s first foray into live steam locomotives came about in 1950 – five years before Disneyland opened. In July of that year, Disney completed The Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a 1/8 size live steam train layout he built in his backyard. When he decided to build Disneyland, Disney, with the help of fellow railfans Ward Kimball and Ollie

And Again, Hurricanes Disrupt Rail Service in Fla., Throughout Southeast

October 15, 2004 Todd DeFeo 0

Hurricanes Frances and Ivan dumped buckets of rain throughout the southeast and caused disruptions to railroads regionally. “Although the Railway recorded very strong volumes in July and August, the Railway’s preliminary assessment of Hurricane Frances’ impact to operations indicates that in September the Railway will experience reduced traffic levels, as well as clean-up expenses,” said Robert W. Anestis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida East Coast Industries. Following Frances, a pair of special relief trains operated by CSX Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad made their way to Florida, providing fuel for emergency operations in the aftermath of the storm. The

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