From Plantation to Theme Park: The Story of Disneyland Railroad Locomotive No. 5, the Ward Kimball

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9780975858417: From Plantation to Theme Park: The Story of Disneyland Railroad Locomotive No. 5, the Ward Kimball

In June, 2005, Disneyland guests were treated to something not seen at the Park in over 40 years - a new steam locomotive, resplendent in red enamel and polished brass, began operating on the Park's main line to the delight of Disneyland Railroad fans everywhere. Built in 1902 and slated for a life of toil in the Louisiana sugar cane fields, the real-life "Little Engine That Could" now delights guests at Walt Disney's Original Magic Kingdom. The new locomotive, christened Ward Kimball after the famous Disney animator and rail fan may have been new to Disneyland, but its history spans more than a century. In his new book, Steve takes us along on a touching ride through time as he recounts the history of the little Baldwin first known as Maud L. That tiny plantation teakettle eventually became Disneyland Railroad No. 5, the first new Disneyland Railroad engine added to the fleet since 1959.

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About the Author:

Steve DeGaetano grew up with the trains of the Disneyland Railroad. His first book, "Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad!" is widely considered the authoritative text on the subject of Disneyland's historic trains. Through his friendship with Paul Boschan, the boilermaker charged with rebuilding the Ward Kimball, Steve was able to witness and document the restoration first-hand. Steve lives with his wife alice and two boys, Chris and Johnny, in North Carolina.

Review:

This book makes a highly effective companion to Steve's first outing, Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad. That first book is a monster 300 pages of the whole history of the railroad and all its locomotives and rolling stock. This second book focuses just on Engine #5, and it's an exhaustive history. But you know what? It's not exhausting to read. You'll come away with a sense of how desperately those who care really want to honor and continue Walt's legacy. Well, Ward Kimball's legacy and love of trains, too. But you'll also see how precarious the dream is sometimes; this engine and its needed refurbishment almost didn't happen. Fans will be delighted by the numerous and gorgeous photographs of the engine, often in various states of disassembly, while being rebuilt. There are even a few backstage photos of Disneyland in here, and a blowdown at the Roundhouse. But for some reason I was equally impressed with the documentation and photos of the locomotive going back to its birth. Steve has lovingly assembled details here that rival a doctoral dissertation this is some real research and not a snow job in the slightest. Through this book, you'll experience the trepidation of obtaining and refitting the train, the anxiety of steaming it up, and the joy of puffing it around the Disneyland berm. This book belongs on your bookshelf, and at $29, it's very hard to think it anything but a bargain. I wish such detailed books and photos were available for every attraction at Disneyland. --Kevin Yee, MiceAge.com

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