Disneyland Railroad (Paris)

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Disneyland Railroad (Paris)
Euro Disneyland Railroad poster.jpg
The attraction poster for the EDRR
Disneyland Park (Paris)
AreaMain Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 12, 1992 (1992-04-12)
General statistics
Attraction typeRailroad attraction
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
Length7,150 ft (2,180 m)
Speed10 mph (16 km/h)
Vehicle typeTrain
Vehicles
Duration25–30 minutes
No. of tracksSingle
Track gauge3 ft (914 mm)
Previous nameEuro Disneyland Railroad
(1992–1994)
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

The Disneyland Railroad (DRR), originally the Euro Disneyland Railroad (EDRR), is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad in Disneyland Park in the Disneyland Paris Resort in Marne-la-Vallée, France, which was inaugurated on April 12, 1992, the park's opening day. Its route is 7,150 feet (2,180 m) in length and is used by park guests for transportation to other areas of the park, or simply for the experience of The Grand Circle Tour.[1]

Ride Experience[edit]

Main Street Station is seen upon entering Disneyland Park, in Main Street, U.S.A.. From there, guests can start their journey around the park, with a recorded narration commenting on visited landscapes.

Trains first cross a diorama recreation of the Grand Canyon, complete with wild animals and storm effects, and also hides the show building for Phantom Manor. As they arrive in Frontierland, travelling behind the Rivers of the Far West, they first stop in Frontierland Depot.

Then trains travel through Adventureland, allowing guests to discover the Temple of Peril and witnessing the inside of the ride Pirates of the Caribbean.

At Fantasyland Station, located in the British part of Fantasyland (which also includes Peter Pan's Flight and Alice's Curious Labyrinth), guests are given a whole view on the land, and then trains even venture through the facade of It's a Small World.

Finally, in Discoveryland, trains stop above Star Tours - The Adventures Continue and Mickey's PhilharMagic in Discoveryland Station. The journey comes to an end while returning to Main Street.

Rolling stock[edit]

The Disneyland Railroad operates four 4-4-0 steam locomotives, three of which built by H.P. Phillips Company (Locomotives No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3) in 1992, and the fourth by Severn Lamb (Locomotive No. 4) in 1993.[2] The engines are all based on the C.K. Holliday locomotive No. 1 of the original Disneyland Railroad, and are built to essentially the same specifications, with only cosmetic differences. There are also twenty passenger cars, with five assigned to each locomotive.

Disneyland Railroad rolling stock details[2]
Number Name Namesake Image Wheel arrangement Date built Builder Serial number Passenger cars Date entered service Notes
1 W.F. Cody William Frederick Cody/Buffalo Bill Disneyland Railroad WF Cody.jpg 4-4-0 1991-1992 H.P. Phillips Company 40137 Five yellow/green passenger cars (11-15) April 1992 The locomotive is named for William Frederick Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill. The engine features the same diamond stack design as its prototype, Disneyland Railroad No. 1, thus bearing the closest resemblance of the four engines. Note the antlers on the headlamp; he was a western show star. The cars are named after Western cities: Silverton, Durango, Denver, Wichita and Cheyenne.[3]
2 C.K. Holliday Cyrus K. Holliday Euro Disneyland Rairoad No.2 C.K. Holliday.jpg 4-4-0 1991-1992 H.P. Phillips Company 40135 Five tan/red passenger cars (21-25) April 1992 The locomotive is named for Cyrus Kurtz Holliday, founder of the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1859. Since this train is a vacation train from the 19th century, its cars are named after vacation places: Coney Island, Atlantic City, Chesapeake, Long Island and Niagara Falls.[3] The Anaheim version of the railroad has a locomotive also called "C.K. Holliday", but it is No. 1.
3 G. Washington George Washington Euro Disneyland Rairoad No.3 G. Washington.jpg 4-4-0 1991-1992 H.P. Phillips Company 40136 Five blue/red passenger cars (31-35) April 1992 The locomotive is named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. The locomotive's colors are blue, white and red (representing both France and the USA). On its headlamp, it has pictures of George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette. With a wood-colored cab, this is the most ornate of all 4 locomotives. The cars are named after places where Washington achieved famous events: Mt. Vernon, Boston, Philadelphia, Yorktown and Valley Forge.[3]
4 Eureka Ancient Greek term Euro Disneyland Rairoad No.4 Eureka.jpg 4-4-0 1993 Severn Lamb 14358 Five beige/red passenger cars (41-45) May 1993 The locomotive's name is derived from an Ancient Greek meaning "I've found it", supposedly used by Californian gold miners on the discovery of gold in 1849, it is also the name of the Eureka Locomotive which shares number 4's name and number. The cars are named after Californian cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Diego and Sacramento.[3]

Incidents[edit]

Disneyland Railroad (Paris)
Locomotive shed
(not open to public)
Fantasyland
Frontierland
Discoveryland
Horse-drawn streetcar transfer
(via short walk inside park)
Main Street, U.S.A.
Train and bus transfers
(via short walks outside park)
  • On January 4, 2013, as the DLRR's No. 1 locomotive approached the Frontierland station with its train, a bolt snapped between the first and second coach.[4] This caused the front coach to uncouple from the other four coaches.[4] The three rear coaches struck the front coach when the engine stopped at the station and four people were injured.[4] They were taken to hospital and later discharged.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broggie (2014), p. 347
  2. ^ a b Broggie (2014), pp. 397–398.
  3. ^ a b c d Broggie (2014), pp. 357–361.
  4. ^ a b c "Four hurt in Disneyland Paris Railroad accident". Salon Mickey Blog. January 4, 2013. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Four injured in Disneyland Railroad accident at Disneyland Paris". Theme Park Tourist. January 4, 2013. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.

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Coordinates: 48°52′15″N 2°46′45″E / 48.87083°N 2.77917°E / 48.87083; 2.77917