Disneyland Railroad (Paris)
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|Disneyland Railroad (Paris)|
The attraction poster for the EDRR
|Disneyland Park (Paris)|
|Area||Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland|
|Opening date||April 12, 1992|
|Attraction type||Railroad attraction|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Length||7,150 ft (2,180 m)|
|Speed||10 mph (16 km/h)|
|Vehicle type||Train cars|
|Track gauge||3 ft (914 mm)|
Euro Disneyland Railroad|
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.
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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. As they arrive in Frontierland, travelling behind the Rivers of the Far West, they first stop in Frontierland Depot.
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.
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. 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.
|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||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.|
|2||C.K. Holliday||Cyrus K. Holliday||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||G. Washington||George Washington||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.|
|4||Eureka||Ancient Greek term||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.|
Disneyland Railroad (Paris)
- 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. This caused the front coach to uncouple from the other four coaches. The three rear coaches struck the front coach when the engine stopped at the station and four people were injured. They were taken to hospital and later discharged.
- Broggie (2014), p. 347
- Broggie (2014), pp. 397–398.
- Broggie (2014), pp. 357–361.
- "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.
- "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.
- Broggie, Michael (2014), Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom (4th ed.), The Donning Company Publishers, ISBN 978-1-57864-914-3
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