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    Disneyland Railroad Update

    With the thread on updating the DRR underway, and since not much of significance has hapened on the line for a while, I thought I'd post just a quick update on a few items of note:

    As many of you know, the Ward Kimball has been MIA for a number of months now. The main problem the engine was having was that it's throttle lever was set too low. What was occuring was that when the throttle was opened to let steam into the cylinders, water from the boiler was going in as well--not a good thing. There were also ergonomic issues with the way the throttle lever in the cab was laid out.

    These issues have been rectified, and I understand the engine has been operated several times in the early morning and late night hours. Apparently, things are functioning much better now. Polishing the engine has begun to get her presentable to Disneyland guests once more.

    This is all well and good, because the Fred Gurley has been on her last legs for some time now. She is scheduled to go down December 11 for a MAJOR overhaul, set up in phases. Phase one will be a complete, top-to-bottom disassembly of the engine. The contract to perform this phase was awarded to a company called Mission Tool, up in the Bay area (the engine isn't traveling there; this first phase will happen in the Disney roundhouse). While undergoing disassembly, workers will note all worn and bad parts that will either need to be repaired or replaced. This phase is set to go through January.

    The Gurley will receive several new components right off the bat during this rebuild: She will get a new cab, new tender tank and new trailing truck (the set of four wheels at the back of the engine). This truck, incidentally, is the same kind used on several of the DRR passenger cars; it was never meant for use on a locomotive, and this has caused stress and cracking in the engine's frame. A new, proper truck was built a couple years ago--but it was tagged to be installed under the Ward Kimball, where it is today.

    Once the line goes down in February for track maintenance, the Kimball will have new valves and piping installed in her cab.

    So there you have it: All the DRR news that's fit to print. All aboard!

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Thanks for the great update!

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Thanks for the update. I am glad to see they are keeping up on things.

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Wow, great update! Thank you very much!

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Thanks so much Steve. Great update! Kudos to the hard work of the Disneyland RailRoad crew.
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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    So there you have it: All the DRR news that's fit to print. All aboard!
    That says it all. Thanks for such an insightful report.


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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Nice update. Thanks for the information.

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Thanks for the excellent update. Glad they're doing major work on the engines to keep them nice. They've been around quite some time.

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    Thanks for the excellent update. Glad they're oing major work on the engines to keep them nice. They've been around quite some time.
    That's for sure! The Fred Gurley is the oldest operating steam engine in the entire Disney theme park empire, built in 1894. It is a virtual twin (mechanically) to the Ward Kimball, built 8 years later.

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Thanks for the update Steve!!! Last night at the private party they were running the Fred Gurly! I have been on the look-out for NO.5 for a long time. I hope they get the Ward Kimball running once again. Everytime I have been to DisneyLand I have only been able to see the other 3 trains. I was excited to see NO. 3 last night. I love tender on these 2 trains. (NO.3 and NO.5) The party started last night at 2000 and I could see not see the colors on the train and I thought it was the Ward Kimball!!! As I got closer to the Station I could see green color more clearer. Never the less it was a great sight to see old NO. 3 once again.
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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Glad they rotate the trains so they don't get to much wear and tear!


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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Thanks (as always) for the DLRR updates, Steve!

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Thanks for letting us know, Steve. Any updates on the E.P Ripley?

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    No, Barfownz, can't say that I've heard anything in particular about that engine. If I do, though, I'll certainly post it here!

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    Re: Disneyland Railroad Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    No, Barfownz, can't say that I've heard anything in particular about that engine. If I do, though, I'll certainly post it here!
    Well its good you know nothing about it. Its my favorite engine. I want it to stay on the track!

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