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Walt Disney World Railroad
WDWRailroad poster
Magic Kingdom
Land Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Mickey's Toontown Fair (formerly), Storybook Circus
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Opening date October 1, 1971
Vehicle names Walter E. Disney, Lilly Belle, Roger E. Broggie, Roy O. Disney
Length 7817 ft (2382.6 m)
Reporting Mark WDWRR
Track gauge 3 ft (910 mm) guage

The Walt Disney World Railroad (or WDWRR for short) is a transportation railroad attraction that circles around the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. The trains make stops at:

The railroad transports 1.5 million passengers each year, making it one of the busiest steam-powered railroads.

History

Walt Disney was an avid railroad enthusiast, who had built a miniature railroad, the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, in his backyard. He included a railroad into the design of Disneyland. It has since been included in every single Disneyland-style park and would be included in the Magic Kingdom.

Disney scouts, lead by Roger Broggie, purchased five steam-locomotives from Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatan (United Railways of Yucatan) on Mexico's Yuccatan peninsula in 1969. One of the five locomotives was deemed in too poor of a condition to be restored for service and it was later sold. The other four locomotives were brought to Tampa Shipyards in Tampa, Florida and restored by a crew headed by Disney imagineer and live steam builder Bob Harpur.

New boilers were built for the trains by Dixon Boiler Works in Los Angeles, California. The trains themselves were backdated to appear older, using bright colors and polished brass. They went into operation on October 1, 1971.

Trains

There are four different trains used on the railroad and are named after people who were important to this railroad or to the Walt Disney Company.

No.1 "Walter E. Disney"

This locomotive is named after Walt Disney, who founded the Walt Disney Company and loved trains.

  • Built: 1925
  • Wheel Configuration: 4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • 58444
  • Locomotive Colors: Red
  • Coach Color: Red
  • Driver Diameter: 44 inches (111 cm)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 67000 pounds (30,390 kg)

No.2 "Lilly Belle"

The Lilly Belle is named after Walt Disney's wife, Lillian Disney. It shares the name of the locomotive that ran in Walt's backyard miniature railroad.

  • Built: 1928
  • Wheel Configuration: 2-6-0 "Mogul"
  • Serial Number: 60598
  • Locomotive Color: Green and Red
  • Coach Color: Green
  • Driver Diameter: 44 inches (111 cm)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 61000 pounds (27,669 kg)

The Lilly Belle is no longer a daily use train. It is currently only used for the Magic Kingdom's daily opening show. The reason for this is that the cars on the train do not have the new sideplates is because the disney characters get off on the right side of the train (the side that should have the sideplates). It would take several hours to put them on or take them off.


Should any of the other locomotives experiance problems, the Lilly Belle would take the place of the other locomotive.

No.3 "Roger E. Broggie"

This locomotive was named after Roger E. Broggie, who led the effort of acquiring the locomotives for the Walt Disney World Railroad. He also helped Walt Disney build the Carolwood Pacific railroad and the EPCOT model.

  • Built: 1925
  • Wheel Configuration: 4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • Serial Number: 58445
  • Locomotive Colors: Green and Red
  • Coach Color: Yellow
  • Driver Diameter: 44 inches (111 cm)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 67,000 lbs (30,390 kg)

No.4 "Roy O. Disney"

This locomotive is named after Walt's older brother Roy O. Disney. Roy saw the completion of the Magic Kingdom after his brother's death and named the resort Walt Disney World. The locomotive's restoration was completed after Roy died so they named the locomotive in his honor.

  • Built: 1916
  • Wheel Configuration: 4-4-0 "American"
  • Serial Number: 42915
  • Locomotive Colors: Red and Green
  • Coach Color: Blue
  • Driver Diameter: 46 inches (116 cm)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 51000 (23,133 kg)

Stations

The Walt Disney World Railroad trains stop at three stations.

Main Street Station

Located at the entrance of the park, Main Street Station is the first sight many see as they enter the Magic Kingdom. Every morning an opening ceremony is done here where the Lilly Belle arrives with Mickey Mouse, a family, and some other disney characters and open the park.

Frontierland Station

Frontierland Station is located above the entrance to Splash Mountain and next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. As trains enter the station it is possible to see the final scene of Splash Mountain.

Toontown Station

Toontown station is located at the northern edge of Mickey's Toontown Fair. The spur track to the roundhouse is located at this station, as well as the water tower for the trains. By 2013, this station is likely to be re-themed to Fantasyland Station when Fantasyland expands.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The trains were all built in the 1920s (with one exception, the Roy O. Disney, built in 1916).
  • A round trip takes approx. 20 minutes.

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