Monday, July 09, 2012
I've always liked the trains at Disneyland, but over the years my appreciation has grown considerably. They're just cool, that's all there is to it!
This first image is a nice photo taken near the exit - be sure to get your hand stamped if you plan on returning ( always got my hand stamped even if I wasn't returning... it was like a temporary tattoo) - and there's the "Fred Gurley"; named for the then-chairman of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the Fred Gurley went into service on March 28, 1958. It was the third of Disneyland's five locomotives, and the oldest, built in 1894. Hey, that's when I was built too!
There's the brave, dependable, and lovably crusty engineer, making sure that everyone is safely aboard before getting underway. Notice the water tower, which still has the Santa Fe logo! Most of you probably already know that this picture was taken as the train paused at New Orleans Square's station, which makes you super awesome.