Walt Disney World Railroad

Walt Disney World Railroad

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Walt Disney World Railroad

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The Walt Disney World Railroad (or WDWRR for short) is a narrow gauge railroad circling the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. Operated by Main Street Operations, the gauge, 1.5-mile (2.4 km) railroad circles the entire park with stations at Main Street, U.S.A. and Frontierland, and formerly at the now-closed Mickey's Toontown Fair. One of the busiest steam-powered railroads, it transports over 1.5 million passengers each year.

History

Walt Disney was an avid railroad enthusiast, who had built a miniature steam railroad, called the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in his backyard. A full-size, narrow gauge railroad known as the Disneyland Railroad had been included in the design of Disneyland, and would be included in later parks in Paris and Hong Kong. Disney scouts Roger Broggie and Earl Vilmer found and purchased five locomotives from Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatan (United Railways of Yucatan) on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula in 1969.

One of the five was deemed to be in too poor a condition to be restored, was sold and eventually scrapped; the other four were brought to Tampa Shipyards in Tampa, Florida and restored by a crew headed by Disney imagineer and accomplished live steam builder Bob Harpur. New boilers were constructed for the trains by Dixon Boiler Works of Los Angeles, California and the trains themselves were cosmetically backdated to appear older, including the use of bright colors and polished brass. The trains went into use with the...
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