Disneyland Railroad steams back into action – Orange County Register
ANAHEIM – The conductor yelled “All aboard!”
Steam was injected into the locomotive’s cylinders, and the Disneyland Railroad was back running the rails.
Disneyland’s classic attraction was closed in January 2016 so construction could start on Galaxy’s Edge: The “Star Wars” land, which will open in 2019, needed 14 acres, at least some of which was carved out of the Frontierland wilderness.
The Lilly Belle passenger car sits on the tracks at the Main Street Station of the Disneyland Railroad for people to walk up onto the platform for a peek inside the Victorian-style car. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Engine #2, the E.P Ripley, is on display at the Main Street Station. This steam-powered locomotive was the first one to operate at Disneyland and was reported to be Walt Disney’s favorite engine. Walt was a licensed steam engineer and was at the controls of the engine into the station the first day the park was open July 17, 1955. While the Disneyland Railroad is closed to regular operations for more than a year for the construction of “Star Wars” Land, park visitors can walk out onto the platform to see the engines up close. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Though the Disneyland Railroad is closed due to the construction of “Star Wars” Land, when the steam engines run, they are powered by biodiesel to make their water boil. This is #3, the Fred Gurley. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Group photo time inside a passenger car of the Disneyland Railroad for all these Dapper Day participants on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Old #3, the Fred Gurley, pulls into Main Street Station on the Disneyland Railroad line at Disneyland. The railroad has been around since the opening day of Disneyland in 1955. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
A view of the Disneyland Railroad, engine #3, the Fred Gurley, and the Kalamazoo Handcar from the platform of the old…