Welcome to this fascinating ride through Walt Disney’s Railroad Story, written for anyone who has ever loved a train or a Magic Kingdom.
Few people are aware of the enormous part Walt Disney’s love of railroading played in the development of the Disney empire. Yet, this passion followed the consummate showman from his humble beginnings in Illinois and Missouri through his enchantment with the small-scale live steam hobby, evolving into the full-scale Disney Parks and their authentic steam-powered trains.
Author Michael Broggie weaves in-depth interviews with Mrs. Walt Disney, animators Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston, and a host of other Disney employees and acquaintances into a winning and informed narrative. This splendid chronicle contains hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, including dozens of never-before-published photographs of Walt’s live steam railroad, Disneyland’s construction, and building and refurbishment of the Disney Parks’ locomotives.