Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad: Fact Sheet

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No. 1  – C. K. Holliday
Namesake: Cyrus Kurtz Holliday (1826 – 1900)
Founder of the Atchison & Topeka Railroad (forerunner of the Santa Fe Railroad, established in 1859)
Builder: WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering)
Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Year:    1955
Disneyland Service Date:  July 17, 1955
Stack Design:   Diamond
Scale:    5/8
Gauge:    36″
Wheel arr./type:   4-4-0 American
Weight:    23, 200 lbs.
Color:    Red cab / Red Wheels
Original Owner:   Retlaw Enterprises
* The design of the C.K. Holliday was inspired by Walt Disney’s model train engine called the Lilly Belle which was the centerpiece of his backyard railroad – the Carolwood Pacific.

 

 
No. 2 – E.P. Ripley
Namesake: Edward Payson Ripley (1845 – 1920)
First president of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad
(1895)
Builder: WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering)
Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Year:    1955
Disneyland Service Date:  July 17, 1955
Stack Design:   Cap stack
Scale:    5/8
Gauge:    36″
Wheel arr./type:   4-4-0 American
Weight:    22, 500 lbs.
Color:    Green cab / Red Wheels
Original Owner:   Retlaw Enterprises
* Along with the C.K. Holliday, the E.P. Ripley was present at the opening ceremonies of Disneyland in July 1955. Walt Disney occasionally took the throttle of both trains for excursions around his park.

 


No. 3 – Fred Gurley
Namesake: Fred G. Gurley (1889-1976)
President of the Santa Fe Railway from 1944-1957
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In Service:   August 1895 (Engine built in 1894)
Disneyland Service Date:  March 28, 1958
Stack Design:   Cap stack
Scale:    Full
Gauge:    36″
Wheel arr./type:   Forney Converted to 2-4-4T
Weight:    21, 600 lbs.
Color:    Green cab / Red Wheels
Original Owner:   Godchaux Sugar Company, Louisiana, U.S.A.
* The Fred Gurley is the oldest of any of the engines in the Disney Park railroads around the world having celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2004.

No. 4 – Ernest S. Marsh
Namesake: Ernest S. Marsh (1903-1975)
President of the Santa Fe Railway from 1957-1966
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year Built:   April 1925
Disneyland Service Date:  July 25, 1959
Stack Design:   Diamond
Scale:    Full
Gauge:    36″
Wheel arr./type:   (Original) 0-4-0 Switcher, converted to 2-4-0
Weight:    23, 700 lbs.
Color:    Red cab / Red Wheels
Original Owner:   Raritan River Sand Company, New Jersey, U.S.A.
* The Disneyland Railroad was originally known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad. The engine was named for Ernest S. Marsh who was president of Santa Fe Railroad at the time the engine was added to Disneyland.


No. 5 – Ward Kimball
Namesake: Ward Kimball (1914 – 2002)
Legendary Disney animator, Imagineer and railroad enthusiast who actively shared Walt Disney’s love of trains and railroading
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In Service Date:   September 1902
Disneyland Service Date:  June 25, 2005 (Official Dedication: February 15, 2006)
Stack Design:   Cap stack
Scale:    Full
Gauge:    36″
Baldwin Class:   2-4-4T Forney (Originally 0-4-4T)
Weight:    20, 000 lbs.
Color:    Red cab / Red Wheels
Original Owners: Frank Barker and J. Wilson Lepine, proprietors and operators of the Laurel Valley and Melodia sugarcane plantations, and the Laurel Valley Sugar Refinery in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A.
* The Ward Kimball is the first train engine to be added to the Disneyland Railroad in nearly 50 years.