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
StatusUnder construction
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 speaking in both French and English about 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.[2] As they arrive in Frontierland, travelling behind the Rivers of the Far West, they first stop in Frontierland Depot.[2]

Then trains travel through the Adventureland section, allowing guests to discover the Temple of Peril and witnessing the inside of the ride Pirates of the Caribbean, before arriving at Fantasyland Station.[2]

Fantasyland Station was located in the British part of the Fantasyland section (which also includes Peter Pan's Flight and Alice's Curious Labyrinth) where guests are given a whole view on the land, and then trains even venture through the facade of It's a Small World.[2]

Finally, in the Discoveryland section, the train stops above the Star Tours - The Adventures Continue and Mickey's PhilharMagic attraction at Discoveryland Station. The journey comes to an end while returning to Main Street.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

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

Disneyland Railroad rolling stock details[3]
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 (American) 1991-1992 H.P. Phillips Company 40137 Five yellow/green passenger cars (Nos. 11-15) April 1992 This locomotive has the same design as its prototype, Disneyland Railroad No. 1 in Anaheim, California. Its cars were named after U.S. western cities: Silverton, Durango, Denver, Wichita, and Cheyenne.[5]
2 C.K. Holliday Cyrus K. Holliday Euro Disneyland Rairoad No.2 C.K. Holliday.jpg 4-4-0 (American) 1991-1992 H.P. Phillips Company 40135 Five tan/red passenger cars (Nos. 21-25) April 1992 This locomotive shares the same name as the Disneyland Railroad's No. 1 locomotive in Anaheim, California. Its cars were named after eastern U.S. resorts: Coney Island, Atlantic City, Long Island, Niagara Falls, and Chesapeake.[5]
3 G. Washington George Washington Euro Disneyland Rairoad No.3 G. Washington.jpg 4-4-0 (American) 1991-1992 H.P. Phillips Company 40136 Five blue/red passenger cars (Nos. 31-35) April 1992 On the locomotive's headlamp, it has the paintings of George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette. Its cars were named after places where Washington associated with famous events: Mt. Vernon, Boston, Philadelphia, Yorktown, and Valley Forge.[5]
4 Eureka Ancient Greek term Euro Disneyland Rairoad No.4 Eureka.jpg 4-4-0 (American) 1993 Severn Lamb 14358 Five beige/red passenger cars (Nos. 41-45) May 1993 This locomotive shares the same name and number as the Eureka Locomotive. Its cars were named after cities in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Diego and Sacramento.[5]

Incidents[edit]

Disneyland Railroad (Paris)
Fantasyland
Locomotive shed
(not open to public)
Discoveryland
Frontierland
Horse-drawn streetcar transfer
(via short walk inside park)
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Main Street, U.S.A.
Train and bus transfers
(via short walks outside park)
  • On January 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm, as the DRR's No. 1 locomotive approached the Frontierland station with its train, the front car was uncoupled from the other four cars.[6][7] When the locomotive stopped at Frontierland station, the three rear cars struck the front car.[6] Forty-three guests and four employees were on the train at this time of the incident.[7] Thirty-nine guests were immediately taken care of by park agents to exit the train safely.[7] While the other four guests were taken to the hospital and later discharged, even with minor injuries.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broggie (2014), p. 347
  2. ^ a b c d e Broggie (2014), pp. 362-363.
  3. ^ a b Broggie (2014), pp. 397–398.
  4. ^ Broggie (2014), p. 355
  5. ^ a b c d Broggie (2014), pp. 357–361.
  6. ^ a b "Four hurt in Disneyland Paris steam train accident". France 24. January 3, 2013. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Disneyland Paris: incident dans un train à vapeur, 12 visiteurs choqués (in French)". Le Parisien. January 3, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Sim, Nick (January 4, 2013). "Four injured in Disneyland Railroad accident at Disneyland Paris". Theme Park Tourist. 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