Park Trains at Disneyland - 2012

by Joe Thompson

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Disneyland - 2012


2012

We paid a visit to Disneyland in July, 2012. The temperature never topped 90F, but the humidity made it feel hotter. We saw some dramatic clouds, remnants of a hurricane.

Small World with Clouds Dramatic clouds hung over Small World one evening. July, 2012.

This is the eleventh consecutive year that I written about our visit to Disneyland.

We had a nice room on the 7th floor of the Fantasy Tower of the Disneyland Hotel. We had not been in that tower, the one with the main lobby, for several years. Our room was right next to the elevator, but we could not hear it. The giant reconstruction project was finished.

Fantasy Tower Sign Our room was in the Fantasy Tower. This sign is by the pool side entrance. July, 2012.

View The Marina from our room. July, 2012.

We saw Disneyland Railroad locomotives 1, 2, 3, and 5. We did not see 4 (Ernest S Marsh). They ran four trains parts of some days.

Number 1 (CK Holliday) is one of Disneyland's original locomotives, a 4-4-0, built in 1955 by Disney's WED Enterprises in the Burbank studios.

1/Critter Country Trestle/#1 Locomotive #1, CK Holliday, crosses the Critter Country Trestle. July, 2012.

1/Main/#1 Locomotive #1, CK Holliday, at the Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

1/New Orleans Square/1 arrives Locomotive #1, CK Holliday, rolling into New Orleans Square Station. July, 2012.

Number 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.

2/Critter Country Trestle/#1 Locomotive #2, E P Ripley, crosses the Critter Country Trestle. July, 2012.

2/New Orleans Square/1 arrives Locomotive #2, E P Ripley, rolling into New Orleans Square Station. July, 2012.

Number 3 (Fred Gurley) is a Baldwin locomotive, built in 1895 as an 0-4-4 and converted by Disney to a 2-4-4T in 1958.

3/Critter Country Trestle/#1 Locomotive #3, Fred Gurley, crosses the Critter Country Trestle. July, 2012.

3/Main/#1 Locomotive #3, Fred Gurley, at the Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

3/New Orleans Square/1 arrives Locomotive #3, Fred Gurley, rolling into New Orleans Square Station. July, 2012.

3/New Orleans Square/2 arrives A rear 3/4 view of Locomotive #3, Fred Gurley, rolling into New Orleans Square Station. July, 2012.

New Orleans Square/station The New Orleans Square Station. July, 2012.

New Orleans Square/sign A sign at New Orleans Square Station. July, 2012.

New Orleans Square/sign 2 A "Train Exit Only" sign in the exit at New Orleans Square Station. July, 2012.

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.

5/depot Locomotive #5, Ward Kimball, pulls into the Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

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A member of the crew watches for hand signals, talks on her radio, then climbs up on the car step at the Main Street Depot. I have heard that this practice may be eliminated because of workplace safety concerns. July, 2012.
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Lilly Belle/2 Two crew members take a safer perch on the front platform of parlor car Lilly Belle as it leaves Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

Lilly Belle/3 Two crew members take a safer perch on the front platform of parlor car Lilly Belle as it leaves Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

Lilly Belle/4 A side detail of parlor car Lilly Belle as it leaves Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

Lilly Belle/5 The rear platform of parlor car Lilly Belle as it leaves Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

depot no disco dancing sign A no disco dancing sign at the Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

Main Street door A view of the central platform door, never opened, at the Main Street Depot. I took the photo from the train visible in the reflection. Note the red fire buckets. July, 2012.

Lilly Belle/1 A model of Disney's live steam locomotive Lilly Belle is on display at Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

display case A display case of Disneyland Railroad relics is on display at Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

To Trains A sign over the doorway at Main Street Depot. July, 2012.

Lucky/1 Lucky waits with a horse car 3 in front of the Castle. July, 2012.

We saw and rode behind horse car Numbers 2 and 3. On busy days, the conductors walked in alongside the cars to clear oblivious guests from the tracks.

Lucky/2 Lucky heads for the Depot. Note his cast member badge. July, 2012.

Lee/1 Lee waits at the Depot with horse car 2. July, 2012.

Firehouse The Disneyland Firehouse on an early admission day. July, 2012.

Alley This alley, which branches off from Main Street, probably has a name. July, 2012.

Monorail Downtown Disney/3 Monorail Orange passes the Lego Store on its way to Downtown Disney Station. July, 2012.

Monorails Blue, Orange, Red and I think Purple were operating on different days while we were there, but frequency was irregular.

Monorail Downtown Disney/1 Monorail Orange arrives at Downtown Disney Station, wrapped to celebrate the opening of Cars Land. July, 2012.

Monorail Downtown Disney/2 Monorail Orange at Downtown Disney Station. July, 2012.

Monorail Tomorrowland/1 Monorail Orange at Tomorrowland Station. July, 2012.

Monorail Fantasyland/1 Monorail Red cruises through Fantasyland. July, 2012.

Castle A typical crowd in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. July, 2012.

Matterhorn A submarine sails by the Matterhorn. July, 2012.

Matterhorn Bobsleds/1 The Matterhorn was closed last year while the bobsleds were renovated. Among the new features are individual seats in the cars. July, 2012.

Matterhorn Bobsleds/2 A sign reminds bobsled riders that each gets his or her own seat now. July, 2012.

My family managed to ride every ride in the park, except for the kids' rides in Toontown and the Haunted Mansion.

Pancakes Once each trip, I like to have Mickey Mouse pancakes at the River Belle Terrace. July, 2012.

birds They helped us eat breakfast at the River Belle Terrace. July, 2012.

New Orleans Square/1 A street in New Orleans Square. July, 2012.

New Orleans Square/2 A street in New Orleans Square. July, 2012.

New Orleans Square/3 A street in New Orleans Square. July, 2012.

Jungle Cruise/1 A duck-like totem guards the entrance to the Jungle Cruise. July, 2012.

Jungle Cruise/2 Tours Departing Daily. July, 2012.

Jungle Cruise/3 A sign warns passengers to beware of the gap between the landing and the boat. July, 2012.

Tropical Imports A sign on the wall at Tropical Imports, next to the Jungle Cruise entrance, advertises "Provisions/Fuel/Ammunition in Stock," but I have seen only rubber snakes and snacks. July, 2012.

Shrunken Ned Shrunken Ned dispenses advice at South Seas Traders, across from the Jungle Cruise entrance. July, 2012.

Toontown firehouse The Toontown firehouse. July, 2012.

Casey Jr station The Casey Jr train station. July, 2012.

Mister Toad/1 The entrance to Mister Toad's Wild Ride on a quiet early admission morning. July, 2012.

Mister Toad/3 A detail of rhe entrance to Mister Toad's Wild Ride. July, 2012.

Mister Toad/2 A closer detail of rhe entrance to Mister Toad's Wild Ride. July, 2012.

Mister Toad/4 The weather vane atop Mister Toad's Wild Ride. July, 2012.

Haunted Mansion/1 The weather vane atop the Haunted Mansion. July, 2012.

Mark Twain/1 Mark Twain sits by the landing early one morning. Notice the shutters on the pilothouse. July, 2012.

Mark Twain/2 A life preserver on the Mark Twain. July, 2012.

Mark Twain/3 The Mark Twain's stern wheel. July, 2012.

Mark Twain/4 A fire ax on the Mark Twain. July, 2012.

Fantasmic/1 The Mark Twain sails by during Fantasmic. July, 2012.

Fantasmic/2 A stern view of the Mark Twain during Fantasmic. July, 2012.

Mutoscope/1 The blue clamshell Mutoscope. July, 2012.

Mutoscope/2 The instructions and patent information on the blue clamshell Mutoscope. July, 2012.

Mutoscope/3 The red clamshell Mutoscope. It was showing a Chaplin movie. July, 2012.

wait times This large sign at the Plaza lists wait times and operating statuses for various attractions. On this morning, crowds were very light. We assumed that many people were over in DCA, waiting in lines at Cars Land. The Matterhorn Bobsleds were closed temporarily. This happened a lot. The worst wait that morning was 45 minutes for Space Mountain. July, 2012.

Jessica Rabbit Towards the end of our visit, we got stuck in the Roger Rabbit queue for an hour or more. I had time to take some photos, like this one showing the door to Jessica Rabbit's dressing room. July, 2012.

The big ballyhoo this year was about the revisions to Disney California Adventure (they dropped the apostrophe s), which had just gone through a major remodeling, which tried to make it look like Los Angeles when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s. Within DCA, the big new attraction was Cars Land.

Radiator Springs Racers Banner A banner in the plaza between Disneyland and DCA advertises the new Radiator Springs Racers. July, 2012.

Red Cars Banner A banner in the plaza between Disneyland and DCA advertises the new Red Cars. July, 2012.

Junkyard Jamboree A banner in the plaza between Disneyland and DCA advertises the new Junkyard Jamboree. July, 2012.

Luigi's Flying Tires A banner in Downtown Disney advertises the Luigi's Flying Tires. July, 2012.

One feature of the revisions is a Red Car line that runs from the main gate to the Tower of Terror, with stops at Carthay Circle and Hollywood Boulevard. I saw two cars, 623 in an older Pacific Electric livery, and 717, painted like a PE Hollywood car. July 17 was the date that Disneyland opened. The cars are double ended. The terminals are stub ended. There is a passing track on Hollywood Boulevard, closer to the outer terminal than the inner.

Car 623/1 Red Car 623 carries an older Pacific Electric color scheme. July, 2012.

Car 717/1 Red Car 717 carries the Pacific Electric color scheme worn on its Hollywood cars. July 17 is Disneyland's birthday. July, 2012.

There is an overhead electric wire which is not energized. I learned on my first ride, when the trolley pole dewired, that the correct (rear) pole has to be up and in contact with the wire or the car will not move.

Buena Vista Station Buena Vista Street Station is near the main gate. July, 2012.

A cast member (Disney's term for employee) explained that the people working on the Red Cars rotate through three jobs: motorman/motorette, conductor and station agent. The station agents work at the terminals and stops, answering questions and getting people to wait in line. When the crowds are heavy, an agent will walk in front of the car to ask people to get out of the way.

Car 623/2 Red Car 623 makes a short turn at Carthay Circle. July, 2012.

One car makes a short turn at Carthay Circle when a musical show is performed there. The other car is used as a background for the show.

Car 623/3 A front view of Red Car 623 as passengers disembark at Carthay Circle. July, 2012.

Car 623 motorette/1 A view looking past the motorette as 623 rolls around Carthay Circle towards Buena Vista Street. July, 2012.

Car 623 exit/1 The center exit/entrance door of car 623. July, 2012.

Car 623 motorette/2 A view looking past the motorette as 623 turns into Buena Vista Street from Carthay Circle. July, 2012.

Buena Vista Station sign A sign marks the stop at Buena Vista Street Station. July, 2012.

623 controller The controller stand of 623. The same lever controls motors and brakes, so it is a one-armed bandit. July, 2012.

623 whistle pull Pulling the cord once causes the whistle to blow multiple times. The bridge which carries the monorail over Buena Vista Street is visible in the background. It used to look like the Golden Gate Bridge. July, 2012.

623 light switch This authentic-looking switch controls the exterior lights. It is in the off position. July, 2012.

623 ad/1 This car card in the headliner advertises the Red Car Trolley Route, identifying itas Line 98. I don't know the significance of the number. July, 2012.

623 ad/2 This car card in the headliner advertises is a public service ad warning people to watch the wig wag signals. July, 2012.

Car 623/4 A front view of Red Car 623 back at Carthay Circle. July, 2012.

Carthay Circle sign A sign marks the stop at Carthay Circle. July, 2012.

Carthay Circle station/1 The station at Carthay Circle resembles a Pacific Electric waiting room. A wigwag signal stands in front. July, 2012.

Carthay Circle station/2 The station at Carthay Circle hosts a big sign listing DCA attractions and wait times. It looks as if Radiator Springs Racers are down. July, 2012.

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The station at Carthay Circle hosts a big map of DCA. Details show Red Cars at Buena Vista Street and the Tower of Terror, near the outer end of the line. July, 2012.
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Carthay Circle This replica of the Carthay Circle Theater serves as a fine-dining restaurant. We ate lunch there and enjoyed it. July, 2012.

Car 717/2 Red Car 717 sits at Carthay Circle to serve as part of a musical show. To the right is a replica of the Carthay Circle Theater, which serves as a fine-dining restaurant. July, 2012.

Car 717/12 Red Car 717 at Carthay Circle with the replica theater in the background. July, 2012.

Car 623/5 Red Car 623 turns from Carthay Circle into Hollywood Boulevard. July, 2012.

Car 623/6 Red Car 623 turns off of Hollywood Boulevard. July, 2012.

Hollywood Boulevard sign/1 A sign marks the stop on Hollywood Boulevard. July, 2012.

Hollywood Boulevard sign/2 Signs below the Hollywood Boulevard stop sign give safety information. July, 2012.

Car 623/7 Red Car 623 inbound on Hollywood Boulevard. The conductor walks in front to clear the tracks. July, 2012.

The tracks disappear behind a gate at the outer terminal, next to the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Gate The gate at the outer terminal. Note the tracks. July, 2012.

Car 717/7 Red Car 717 at the outer terminal. July, 2012.

Hollywood Tower Hotel sign/1 The sign at the Hollywood Tower Hotel/outer terminal stop. July, 2012.

Car 717/8 Red Car 717 prepares to leave the outer terminal. July, 2012.

Car 717/9 Red Car 717 pulls out of the outer terminal into the busy street. July, 2012.

Car 717/10 Red Car 717 passes the Hollywood Tower Hotel. July, 2012.

Car 717/11 Red Car 717 turns onto Hollywood Boulevard. July, 2012.

Red Car pin A Red Car Trolley pin. July, 2012.

Ghirardelli/1 An animated mural in the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop features a California Street cable car passing Ghirardelli Square on North Point. California Street cable cars have never run on North Point. July, 2012.

The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop replaced the tortilla factory in DCA's Cannery Row area. We had to try it to make sure the quality was acceptable. There are animated murals of San Francisco scenes behind the counters.

Ghirardelli/2 Another animated mural in the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop features a California Street cable car approaching the corner of Haight and Ashbury with Coit Tower in the background. Psychedelic. July, 2012.

Ghirardelli/3 In the same mural, the scene has changed to night. July, 2012.

Cars Land billboard The Radiator Springs Town hall houses the traffic courts, the fire department, and the sheriff. July, 2012. A statue of town founder Stanley stands proudly out front.

The most popular new feature at DCA is Cars Land, inspired by the series of movies from Pixar. The main street of Radiator Springs contains several buildings from the movies.

Cars Land town hall The Radiator Springs Town hall houses the traffic courts, the fire department, and the sheriff. July, 2012. A statue of town founder Stanley stands proudly out front.

Radiator Springs ghost sign This sign shows the ghost of at least one other behind it.

Radiator Springs sign/1 This looks like Grange hall.

RSR Sign/1 This sign appears on a bridge over the queue area of Radiator Springs Racers. July, 2012.

We spent a lot of time in the Cars Land queue area for Radiator Springs Racers, a ride based on the Test Track in Florida. The ride kept breaking down.

RSR Sign/2 A sign in the queue area of Radiator Springs Racers advertises Stanley's Cap Tap. July, 2012.

RSR Sign/3 A sign in Stanley's Cap Tap the queue area of Radiator Springs Racers lists prices for radiator caps. Of course, a Franklin would not need a radiator cap. July, 2012.

Mater Sign/1 A sign in the queue area of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. July, 2012.

I liked Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, which had tractors and trailers on circular tables. Where the tables met each other, a trailer would switch from one table to the next. I also liked Luigi's Flying Tires. Vents in the floor made the large tires into personal hovercraft.


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