by Joe Thompson
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We paid a short visit to Disneyland in August, 2008. The weather was warm and muggy.
We saw and rode behind Disneyland Railroad locomotives 2, 4, and 5. 2 (EP Ripley) is one of Disneyland's original locomotives, a 4-4-0, built in 1955 by Disney's WED Enterprises in the Burbank studios.
Engine 4 (Ernest S Marsh) is a Baldwin locomotive, built in 1925 as an 0-4-0, and converted by Disney to a 2-4-0 in 1959.
Number 5, the Ward Kimball, premiered at Disneyland on 25-June-2005, but we did not see it in operation until 2007. Ward Kimball, who passed away in 2002, was a Disney animator and railfan. He designed the gold Jiminy Crickets on the sides of the headlight. Number 5, a 2-4-4T, was built by Baldwin in 1902 as an 0-4-4T for a plantation railroad in Louisiana. This was Disneyland's first new locomotive since 1959. Disney acquired Number 5 in a trade with Cedar Point, an amusement park in Ohio, where it had operated as Number 1, the Maud L, from 1963 to the early 1990's. Cedar Point had added the leading pony truck. In return for Maud L, Cedar Point received the first Ward Kimball, a Davenport 2-4-4T which Disney had intended to operate on the Disneyland Railroad, but which proved to be too heavy for the bridge at Critter Country. The locomotive went to Walt Disney World in Florida, where it proved to be too light (!). The new Ward Kimball sat in storage until 2004, when restoration began at Boschan Boiler & Restorations.
We saw and rode behind horse car Numbers 1 and 3. This year I noticed that a cast member badge with the horse's name was displayed inside the cars. This must reduce the incidence of questions like "What is the horse's name?"
Monorails Purple and Red were operating while we were there. Monorail Red had returned the previous month, refurbished into a Mark VII monorail. It resembles the original monorails. They cleverly reduced seating capacity and made the windows so they could open only a crack. I assume this was for safety reasons. The blower for ventilation was ineffective. They had to take the train out of service during the middle (busiest) part of the day.
We had our second ride in the nose compartment of a monorail. It was cool again.
I did not get to ride on the new Toy Story Mania ride in California Adventures, but the family did. They enjoyed it.
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