The Carolwood Pacific - The Layouts of Walt Disney

Started by GPdemayo, October 01, 2021, 08:25:13 AM

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The mouse is celebrating 50 years of his theme parks and the lead up to today has been in the local newspaper for months. I thought I'd post a couple of videos about Walt's background in model railroading.
The first is a film of the small layout mock-up of the intended live steam railroad he built in his yard and the second is the actual live steam layout.
Amazing what a little money and an imagineering department in your company can do for a model railroad.

Gregory P. DeMayo
General Construction Superintendent Emeritus
St. Louis & Denver Railroad
Longwood, FL


A couple of years ago I visited the Walt Disney Family Museum, located in the Presidio, near the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. Walt's Lily Belle engine is on display there, along with a lot of other great stuff. For the Florida residents, there is a room at the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World that displays two of the original freight cars from his railroad. Some of the rail aficionados would have an annual meeting there, usually with speakers. The narrow gauge engines at the Magic Kingdom will probably return to service soon, they've been mothballed because of the construction of the new TRON roller coaster. Of course, the railroad that once ran through the Fort Wilderness campground fifty years ago is no more.

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