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Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Mar. 29, 2014, 10:18 am
I know Disney Echo is much less patronized in 2014. However some people may find our site and this posting in the Disney Trains and Monorails Forum when online surfing, and other formerly active past Disney Echo members sometimes "stop in" "seeing what's going on", etc.
I heard recent Disney news regarding the possible elimination of the steam locomotive trains at WDW's Magic Kingdom park. Felt I had to share, even though activity on Disney Echo website isn't what it used to be.
Hat tip: Carolwood Pacific Historical Society on Facebook, a non-profit group preserving Walt Disney's home train barn building and his train-related artifacts at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Walt Disney and his family lived on Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills in Southern California and he named his backyard rail road hobby accordingly. After his death Walt's now late daughter Diane Disney Miller donated Walt's train buildings and tools and belongings to a non-profit group that promised to take good care of it. Somehow they heard word about what's below and posted on Facebook about it.
Walt Disney and Ward Kimball and some of Walt's animators developed a love of home railroading as a hobby and a socializing way to relax and unwind from the workaday world and develop friendships among each other. Many Disney fans who've taken the extra step of reading Walt Disney biographies will know of his love of railroading.
Part of the history of Disney theme parks that a lot of people enjoy, if they delve into even a little of Walt's biography, is their "authenticity", they researched elements they put into their parks to make it seem "real" and bring their patrons into the stories of those parks. Having steam locomotives is part of that striving for authenticity and "heart". Any corporation can build a theme park and create a "look". Disney's Imagineers strove to not just put in a "look" but to make it more authentic than shallow and superficial, to "care" and to have that "care" show, to also install "heart" into the design and building process. Any of us who grew up attending Disney parks then when adult also bring our own children to them, we know that level of "care" "heart" "authenticity" which other theme or amusement parks don't always "care" to show.
I'm "helping" by also spreading the word. I'm hoping you, the reader of this posting, will be so moved and also help by spreading the word online to any Disney places you visit. Please do consider helping. Spread the word!
So PLEASE read on. This is more or less what I've posted around to the formerly active Disney Echo members on Facebook, my husband's newsfeed there, both of our Disney Echo pages there and the Friends of the Walt Disney Family Museum page on Facebook.
From the website, quoting:
"The steam engines of the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom in Florida are reportedly in trouble, as management looks to replace them with diesel engines that look like steam engines.
While many wouldn’t notice the difference or care, the steam engines at Disneyland were a favorite of Walt Disney, and that legacy was carried forth to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida.
What can you do to help save these historic steam engines? Stay tuned!"
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Here's their Facebook page to "like", anyone wanting to support and learn more can also "follow" them on Twitter. Please spread the word online to fellow Disney, Disney parks, Disney trains fans as well as fans of Walt Disney, Ward Kimball, etc.
On their Facebook page if you hunt for it is a link to an online petition. Others who post to the Facebook page are hearing and can confirm this news is very plausible.
Any help you can offer by spreading the word would be appreciated by this group. Thanks in advance....
If you like the Disney theme park trains and the idea that Walt Disney's hobby, and the hobby of some of his animators, was back yard railroads and liking steam locomotives, please also pursue :
--The book "Walt Disney's Railroad Story : The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom" by Michael Broggie, The Donning Company Publishers, published 1997, 2005, 2006. ISBN 1-57864-309-0, and in Library of Congress. Broggie is son of one of Walt's Imagineers. He wrote a wonderful book about how Walt's interests in trains as a hobby developed following key life experiences in Walt's past, and then formed one of the rationales behind Walt founding Disneyland and featuring a steam locomotive there as a park attraction. FASCINATING book for fans of Walt and fans of the Disney theme parks and fans of railroads/steam engines. Search online for it, also for sale by Carolwood Pacific Historical Society store online. WELL WORTH OWNING !!! Honestly, once you get started it's quite intriguing, like walking inside Walt Disney's mind and thinking processes ! The retail price might seem hefty and it's weight once you hold it very heavy... BUT, it's got rare photos and a very fascinating biographical and historical perspective on one aspect of Walt's life, the lives of his animators and Imagineers, and the history of Disneyland and consequently all Disney parks featuring a train (steam locomotive, a real historical one and not a fabrication or replica ) going around the berm of the park. Yes. Buy it. Trust me !
--Supporting the non-profit Carolwood Pacific Historical Society to preserve Walt's train-related objects and his memory, either a donation, membership or both.
--"Like" Carolwood Pacific Historical Society and Walt's Train Barn pages on Facebook, and their equivalent Twitter feeds.
--"Like" The Friends of the Walt Disney Family Museum on Facebook and any related Twitter feeds. The Museum is in the Presidio area of San Francisco and has many artifacts and exhibits explaining and celebrating the life of Walt Disney.
--Visit the Walt Disney family Museum in San Francisco CA and Walt's Train Barn in Griffith Park in Los Angeles CA. Look before your visit, especially to the Train Barn, before you visit, days they are open to the public may be limited.
PS: My son grew up liking Thomas the Tank Engine very much, and my late grandfather on my mother's side of the family was a small town train station depot manager. If you like Thomas the Tank Engine you like steam locomotives automatically, even within the various Thomas shows and books they tend to not like diesel engines. If you enjoy when visiting Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim CA the steam locomotive trains circling those parks, then you like steam locomotives. If your spouse does too, if your children do too, if your adult son-daughter and their families and their children do too, then this news and invitation to advocacy is for you ! If you look back on Walt Disney's life and legacy and history, and the history of his Imagineers and Animators, the history of the Disney theme parks, with pride and admiration, then this advocacy invitation is to you. If all that is you, please consider spreading the word about "Save Disney Steam" !
Thanks for reading, for visiting today !
If you pass this word along...
Please share the actual website URL link to Save Disney Steam, the actual Facebook or Twitter or other URLS to Save Disney Steam, and not this page on Disney Echo. Those links refer people you want to interest about his subject matter directly to the information. Thanks for understanding ! It helps the cause faster. Now... spread the word !