Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fullerton Railroad Days 2014

Fullerton Railroad Days 2014

March 3rd & 4th was Railroad Days at the Fullerton Train Station. So why am I talking about that in a blog about Disney? Well . . . . keep reading!!

Disneyland often brings something from the Disneyland Railroad to the show. This year they had the Earnest S. Marsh Locomotive on display along with the Kalamazoo Handcar that was a gift to Walt Disney. The last item they brought was an old boiler from the C. K. Holiday Locomotive. The boiler is the Steam Plant for the locomotive and provides the energy. This boiler was cut open so people could look inside and see how a steam engine works. This was a fantastic education for those that know nothing about Live Steam Engines.

Disneyland Railroad Engineers, Firemen and Conductors were there to explain the locomotive controls as people climbed aboard the locomotive and went through the cab. An engineer was always standing next to the boiler to explain how it worked for those that wished to know. They also would explain the function and use of the.

Next to the Disneyland Railroad display was two displays from organizations that are close to Walt Disney and the Disney Family. The Los Angeles Live Steamers and the Carolwood Foundation had displays.
Barn Crew Day 1
Barn Crew Day 2
Walt Disney was a member of the Los Angeles Live Steamers (LALS) and would come to the LALS property to enjoy small scale steam trains. After he stopped running his Lilly Belle in his backyard he enjoyed LALS trains. LALS brought several of their historic small scale trains for people to enjoy. A member was there to answer questions.

In 1999 Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn opened for public visits. The Barn from Walt’s backyard where he would work on his trains is now sitting at one end of the LALS property and is run by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation. The goal of the Carolwood Foundation is to share Walt’s love of Live Steam Trains and let people see a bit of Walt Disney the MAN versus Walt Disney the Company or Company Mogul.

The Carolwood Foundation brought several items from the Barn to share with Railroad Days goers. Walt’s Gondola, a model of the Barn and other items were on display as were several volunteer members of the Carolwood Barn Crew who shared stories and information about Walt’s love of trains.

It took 4 organizations to bring the Disneyland locomotive to the Fullerton Railroad Days. It took Disneyland allowing one of its engines off property. A trucking company with the proper tow truck and both LALS and Carolwood Foundation.

Want to see how a Disneyland Locomotive leaves a train show after sitting
in a parking lot for two days?
Check out the video.

Would you like more information about the Los Angeles Live Steamers?
Follow the link:

Would you like to visit Walt’s Carolwood Barn?
Check out the link:

Walt’s Carolwood Barn is open the 3rd Sunday of every month. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Donations is how we expand our collection and restore items for display.

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