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    Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    On my last trip to the parks I set out to take photos of as much as I could of all the visual remnants of Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland. I can't claim to have gotten absolutely everything, but I made sure to take photos of everything I was aware of that is still there. I believe I got pretty much everything. I did not take photos of the animatronics on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as they would have come out blurry. I am also not 100% sure which of those animatronics are from the Mine Train. The images appear in the order in which you would have seen them if you were riding the Main Train.

    Here is a map of the Mine Train layout for reference:



    Rainbow Ridge:


    Tunnel to Cascade Peak:


    Mine Train track portion that bends around where Cascade Peak once was:




    What I believe is a remaining pathway from the Pack Mules. It's hard to see in this picture due to the foliage, but it's behind the tree with the birds and nest:


    Tunnel from Cascade Peak through Bear Country:


    The buttes in the Living Desert near Balancing Rock Canyon. The turkey unknowingly lives between the last two remaining buttes:


    The taller of the two buttes:


    Arch next to the two buttes:


    Boarded up/buried tunnel near where the geysers used to be:


    There's clearly some depth in there. I'd love to take a flashlight and look inside.


    Back side of arch & buttes:


    I don't think this piece of track is from the Mine Train, but it stands in the area where the Mine Train would have entered Rainbow Caverns:


    Exit area from Rainbow Caverns back to Rainbow Ridge:


    The BTMRR maintenance track stands where the old Mine Train track once was. In place of Rainbow Caverns stands the BTMRR maintenance building:


    Mineral Hall:


    It's now attached to tall building and both make up part of the Rancho de Zocalo restaurant:


    I hope you enjoyed. If there's something I missed, please let me know.
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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Very nice! This attraction probably has the most leftovers because it took up such a large area that isn't even all used now.

    Great photos and report.

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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Nice pictures! And thanks for posting that layout picture, it seems a lot more simplistic than I first thought.

    Also... how did you take pictures of the maintenance area?

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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Great pictures! Thank you so much for sharing
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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dual-Screen View Post
    Also... how did you take pictures of the maintenance area?
    Yes. I'm curious.
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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Quote Originally Posted by wumbology View Post
    Yes. I'm curious.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dual-Screen View Post
    Also... how did you take pictures of the maintenance area?
    Looks like the gate was just left open. Happens sometimes.

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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Thank you all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dual-Screen View Post
    Nice pictures! And thanks for posting that layout picture, it seems a lot more simplistic than I first thought.

    Also... how did you take pictures of the maintenance area?
    If ever you see that BTMRR is down, go to the Rancho de Zocalo dining courtyard. On the left side of Mineral Hall there is a wall with open windows alongside the maintenance track. The gate leading to the maintenance building may be open and you'll be able to see inside. We happened to be dining at the restaurant and sitting alongside this wall when the ride went down and a train got pulled into service. A few CMs walked in and out from time to time. The gate stayed open about twenty minutes while we ate. By the time we left it was still open.

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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Great pictures
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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Wow! Nice work!
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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Quote Originally Posted by disneylandfan95 View Post
    Looks like the gate was just left open. Happens sometimes.
    Bad show.
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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    too bad you couldnt get pictures of the AA's

    of course.....most of them are underneath Big thunder Ranch

    and everyone knows bulldozer's didnt exist back in the old west!
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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Thanks for taking the time to do this! Really interesting.

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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Quote Originally Posted by jesterjack View Post
    too bad you couldnt get pictures of the AA's

    of course.....most of them are underneath Big thunder Ranch

    and everyone knows bulldozer's didnt exist back in the old west!
    Well I thought about taking my shovel with me, but I was afraid I'd get weird looks going through security.

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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Nice post!

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    Re: Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland leftovers

    Hate to break it to yah, but that map is NOT a map of the old mine train, that's someone's train layout (things were changed up to fit the space).

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