Western River Railroad
|Western River Railroad|
|Opening date||April 15, 1983|
|Attraction type||Steam-powered locomotive|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Length||5,283 ft (1,610 m)|
|Track gauge||2 ft 6 in (762 mm)|
The Western River Railroad (reporting mark WRR) is Tokyo Disneyland's version of its steam-powered railroad. Its route is 5,283 feet (1,610 m) in length and does not circle the whole park; it instead passes through Adventureland, Westernland, and Critter Country. Additionally, this railroad differs from other Disney railroads because its track gauge is 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge as compared with other Disney railroad track gauges of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge. At the time that the Western River Railroad was opened, Japanese rail regulations required that any railway line with more than one stop be subject to the same rules as any other conventional rail line. As such, there is only one stop on the Western River Railroad in order to avoid having to charge fares and to allow the use of passenger cars that are not fully enclosed, which would not be allowed otherwise. It was sponsored by Takara Tomy.
Guests face forward in the passenger cars. Each coach has a small door that swings inward as a safety precaution.
After the train departs Adventureland Station, it passes through a Western-themed train station from which the train does not stop here. After that, the train goes through a forest where passengers are able to see animatronic displays of wild animals and Native Americans. Continuing down the line, the train crosses over a long trestle through the Critter Country section and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction in the Westernland section. Finally, it enters through a deep tunnel containing the Primeval World Diorama and exit back to the Adventureland Station.
Western River Railroad
The Western River Railroad has four 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge 2-4-0 steam locomotives built by Kyosan Kogyo Co., which were named after famous rivers located primarily in the Western United States (hence the name).
- 53: Colorado; operating since 15 April 1983. The number refers to the year 1953 when Walt Disney presented the plans for the original Disneyland. The livery is reddish brown. It has small diamond stack smoke stack. There is an elk on each side of the headlamp.
- 28: Missouri; operating since 15 April 1983. The number refers to the year 1928 when the Disney animated short Steamboat Willie was released, the first cartoon with synchronized sound. The livery is green. It has a small diamond stack smoke stack. There are paintings of the Great Falls found by Lewis and Clark on the sides of the headlamp.
- 25: Rio Grande; operating since 15 April 1983. The number refers to the year 1925 when Walt Disney married his wife, Lillian Disney. The livery is a red. It has a small diamond stack smoke stack, and a 2-4-0 wheel configuration. There is a grizzly bear on each side of the headlamp.
- 20: Mississippi; operating since October 1991. The number refers to the year 1920 when Walt Disney, along with his friend Ub Iwerks, founded his first company, Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. Some of the design elements on this locomotive are slightly different than those on the other three locomotives. The livery is a red cab with a blue boiler jacket. It has a straight cap smoke stack. There are bison on the sides of the headlamp.
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- Amendola 2015, p. 168.
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- Amendola 2015, p. 174.
- Amendola 2015, p. 171.
- Amendola 2015, p. 172.
- Amendola 2015, p. 169.
- Amendola, Dana (2015), All Aboard: The Wonderful World of Disney Trains (1st ed.), Disney Editions, ISBN 978-1-4231-1714-8
- 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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