This is a compendium of information about

Disney Theme Park Locomotives.

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Some of the text is reproduced from the set of display posters under

The Main Street Station in Walt Disney World.


 The Walter E. Disney a 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler type

Walter E. Disney – Engine Number 1


“Old Number 1, The Walter E. Disney, is known as a ten-wheeler. It has four wheels at the front of the engine, six in the middle and none at the rear (4-6-0). Build by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1925, the locomotive that later became the Walter E. Disney worked as number 274 on the United Railways of Yucatan, Mexico. Years later, Imagineer Roger Broggie went searching for existing narrow gauge steam engines that could be converted to the exacting standards required for a Disney theme park attraction. In 1969 he found what he was looking for in a railway equipment boneyard in Merida, Mexico. He shipped the engine to Florida where it was reworked, refurbished and rechristened with a new name and number: Walter E. Disney Number 1.


Walt Disney was a dreamer. As a boy, he traveled the rails of the Missouri Pacific Railroad selling newspapers and candy to the passengers. His older brother Roy and his Uncle Mike Martin obtained employment with the Santa Fe railroad and Walt dreamed of becoming an engineer. His future took a different path, but his love of railroading never diminished. In the late 40’s, with Walt Disney Productions a very successful venture, he focused on building his own railroad, the Carolwood Pacific, a 1/8 scale, live steam railway that traveled over 2,600 feet of track around his backyard. This miniature railroad served as the model for the Disneyland railroad and the inspiration for the Walt Disney World Railroad.


In 1804, mechanic Richard Trevithick first introduced steam power to the railways of England. By 1830 the United States had also embraced the concept of travel by rail. Within forty years, on May 10, 1869 the Atlantic and Pacific coasts were linked together by a standard gauge transcontinental railroad. The narrow gauge railway came into its own with the desire to run trains north and south, as well as east and west. Because narrow gauge track is only 3 feet wide, compared to standard gauge of 4 feet 8 ½ inches, narrow gauge locomotives and cars are smaller, making them lighter and less expensive to build. Of even greater importance are the narrower roadbeds which are easier to lay along sheer rocky chasms and treacherous, turning mountain slopes. Surprisingly, Florida is not as flat as it sometimes appears and the WDW Railroad has to deal with grades of up to two percent.”


 The Roger E. Broggie a 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler type

Roger E. Broggie – Engine Number 3


“Like its counterpart, the Walter E. Disney, the Roger E. Broggie is a ten-wheeler. It has four wheels at the front of the engine, six in the middle and none at the rear (4-6-0). It came out of the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May of 1925, destined for the jungles of Mexico as engine number 275. In 1969, its namesake, Imagineer Roger E. Broggie, found it discarded and abandoned in the boneyard of a Yucatan railroad equipment storage area. Shortly before his death in 1966, Walt Disney personally authorized the construction of the Walt Disney World Railroad for the new theme park he was building in Florida. Roger Broggie suggested using existing narrow gauge steam engines that could be converted to Walt’s exacting standards, rather than building new trains, as they had for the opening of Disneyland. When Roger found what he was looking for in Mexico, he shipped engine number 275 to Tampa, Florida where it was transformed under his direct supervision into the Roger E. Broggie Number 3.


Roger Broggie’s career as a railroad man began with Walt Disney and the planning and construction of the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Along with Disney studio craftsman Ed Sargent and animators Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston, Roger helped Walt create a 1/8 scale, steam train that would travel along 2,600 feet of track around Walt’s backyard. This miniature railroad served as the model for Disneyland railroad and the inspiration for the Walt Disney World Railroad. In 1952 Roger Broggie became Walt’s first Imagineer and helped develop the technology used for Audio-Animatronics and all Disneyland theme park conveyance systems. Roger retired in 1975 as vice president of research and development for Walt Disney Imagineering and was recognized by the company in 1990 as a true Disney legend.


The Roger E. Broggie has what is known as a diamond stack, so named for the shape fashioned at the top of the exhaust stack. Very early in the evolution of steam locomotion, it was discovered that smoke was not the only thing exiting the exhaust stack. Red hot cinders, particularly adept at setting the countryside ablaze, would also blow out. In order to appease angry farmers and town fathers affected by these rolling fire storms, these large stacks were designed with an internal array of baffles and screen that would allow smoke to pour from the stack, but keep the cinders trapped within.


 The Roy O. Disney a 4-4-0 American type

Roy O. Disney – Engine Number 4


The Roy O. Disney is considered an American Standard, which means it has four wheels at the front of the engine, four in the middle and none at the rear (4-4-0). It is both the oldest and newest steam train at the park. Build in 1916, almost a decade earlier than the Walter E. Disney and Roger E. Broggie, it was the only steam engine that did not debut at the Magic Kingdom’s opening on October 1, 1971, It was not until December of that year that it joined its three fellow passenger trains on the tracks of the Walt Disney World Railroad. Originally, it was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It worked on the United Railways of Yucatan as engine number 251. Imagineer Roger Broggie found it in their boneyard in Merida, Mexico in 1969. He shipped the battered steam train to Florida where it was reworked to his exacting standards. The new train missed the Magic Kingdom opening date by two months and instead made the perfect Christmas gift for the new park: Roy O. Disney Number 4.


Roy Disney was Walt’s older brother, mentor and lifelong business partner. Roy’s association with railroading began in 1915 when he worked as a candy butcher on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. In 1923, he and Walt co-founded the Disney brother’s cartooning enterprise. Roy chose to stay in the background, astutely managing the growing entertainment company, while Walt lead it creatively. In 1966, Roy assumed leadership of the company upon Walt’s death. He vowed he would open Walt Disney World in Florida and on October 1, 1971 he kept his promise to all.


The pilot, as it is properly known, or the cow catcher, to which it is more commonly referred, began appearing on locomotives as a defensive measure. The scoop-shaped contraption was designed to clear from the track objects that might derail the locomotive and its cars. This was especially important to small, narrow gauge engines that sometimes came up against large, wide gauge bulls. Railroad myths had it that the larger the cow the more stubborn its nature. Sometimes a blast from the locomotive’s whistle or the clanging of a train’s bell was not enough to persuade them to move from the tracks, and so the cow catcher was born.



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