Magic Kingdom Railroad

  1. The train tracks are narrow gauge and they bought them from Nome, Alaska because they were cheaper to buy there than to have new ones made.
    REPORTED: Ian Emmons 07 OCT 96
  2. The WDW railroad that circles the Magic Kingdom is 1.5 miles long. It takes 20 minutes to complete the journey. There are four railroad engines, named the Lilly Belle, Water Elias Disney, Roy O. Disney and Roger E. Brooge. All of the enigines were built in the United States around the turn of the last century between 1917 and 1928 making them the second oldest attraction in the park after the carrousel. The 1928 steam engine is the exact same age as Mickey Mouse. They were later were taken down to Mexico to haul freight and passengers in the Yucatan, where the Disney Scouts found them in 1969. The United Railways of Yucatan was using them to carry sugarcane. Brought north once again, they were completely overhauled, and even the smallest parts were reworked or replaced. New boilers and fiberglass cabs were built, along with new tenders and tanks. (The cast-iron wheels, side-rods, frames, and parts of the hardware, however are original). Originally designed to burn coal or wood, then converted by the Mexicans to use oil, they now consume diesel fuel - considerably less dirty than either of the the former fuels. - portions from the "Offical Guide"
    REPORTED: Kenneth Klingensmith 08 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: anon 08 AUG 97 Engine No. 1, the Walter E. Disney, was named after the founder of the Walt Disney Company. The engine is a 4-6-0, built by Baldwin in 1925. Engine No. 2, the Lilly Belle, was named after Walt Disney's wife, Lillian, who passed away in December, 1997. This was also the name Walt used for his engine of the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. The engine is a 2-6-0, built by Baldwin in 1928. Engine No. 3, the Roger E. Broggie, was named after Roger Broggie, an Imagineer and railroad fan. He helped Walt Disney build his eighth scale Carolwood Pacific Railroad, and he oversaw the purchase and restoration of all the engines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The engine is a 4-6-0, built by Baldwin in 1925. Engine No. 4, the Roy O. Disney, was named after Walt Disney's brother, the co-founder of the Walt Disney Company. The engine is a 4-4-0, built by Baldwin in 1916. Engine No. 5, the Ward Kimball, was named after a Disney animator and railroad enthusiast. He served as a consultant on the Disneyland railroad engines. The engine is a 2-4-4RT, built by Davenport in 1927. It was acquired by Disney in 1995 in a trade involving some of the original Disneyland Railroad passenger cars. No. 5 Ward Kimball was on display at Epcot during February 1998.
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
  3. While visting Walt Disney World this weekend, I asked if I could ride up in the locomotive on the WDWRR train, while up there I learned several things, first there are four trains at Disney, they usually only have two running. All of these trains run on a diesel boiler to create the steam they need to power the trains. About every 3-4 trips they have to put more water in the train at Mickey's Toontown Fair. Also the trains run at approx 10 miles and hour, if they go any faster than 12 miles an hour they get an overspeed. They are kept on time by a system in the train, that buzzes when it's time to leave the station.
    REPORTED: Earl Kelly 31 JAN 99
    The speed limit for the train is 10 MPH as previously noted, but the overspeed is at 11 MPH. So the engineers keep the trains at 10 1/2 MPH.
    CONFIRMED: Brian McNaughton 08 SEP 00
  4. Up until 1996 only males were allowed to be conductors / engineers on the trains. This was changed because Human Relations had trouble staffing based on gender.
    REPORTED: Brian McNaughton 08 SEP 00
  5. The costumes for the conductors are based on police uniforms from New Orleans in the 1930's.
    REPORTED: Brian McNaughton 08 SEP 00
  6. WDWRR cast members, as well as Main Street crowd control cast members, can go anywhere in the park, unlike other attractions cast members (provided the conductor takes his hat off first)
    REPORTED: Brian McNaughton 08 SEP 00
  7. The trains actually use regulation whistle signals while operating the trains :
    REPORTED: Brian McNaughton 08 SEP 00
  8. The parade floats cross the train tracks during normal operating times in the park. There is an engineer at the crossing that gives the engineer on the trains the ok to go and when to stop. And by the way, it is a real steam train, in the summer time it could get as hot as 130 degrees in cab.
    REPORTED: Rodrigo Laureano 19 MAY 98
  9. The best time to ride the Walt Disney World Railroad are from 2:00pm when guest are in other parts of the Kingdom and from 8:00 till park closing when alot of people have left or going to watch the Spectromagic parade. The park is beautiful at night by train.
    REPORTED: Kevin 11 DEC 98
  10. While riding on the Magic Kingdom Railroad between Mickey's Toontown Fair and the Main Street station, if you look down you can see a road crossing underneath you. This is actually an underpass going from the hidden parking lots to out of the Park. I learned about this on a tour I took.
    REPORTED: David Jendras 22 MAR 00
  11. Just a quick note on the Fireworks viewing. As a Main Street cast member, we had a lot of problems with people trying to stay on the platform of the WDWRR Main Street station to watch the fireworks. These are the platform extentions to the east and west of the station, not the one on the castle side of the entrance.
    REPORTED: Brian McNaughton 11 SEP 00
  12. You can't ride the Railroad during the fireworks. The fireworks land near the tracks. After the fireworks performance, someone has to walk through that area and confirm that no fires are present before the train can start running again.
    REPORTED: Steve Honaker 18 JUL 99
    I did ask about this durning a firework display one night. I watched the fireworks with the train crew. Great show too!
    CONFIRMED: Steve Nelson 03 JUN 01


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