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    Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    It seems that today is the big day for the Lilly Belle!

    Based on several cast member accounts, as well as some guest tales of seeing the Lilly Belle out in front of the roundhouse over the past few days, it looks like the grand old dame will be shipped off today for complete restoration, which is expected to take about 4 months. More can be read here: Burnsland Lilly Belle Discussion

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano
    It seems that today is the big day for the Lilly Belle!

    Based on several cast member accounts, as well as some guest tales of seeing the Lilly Belle out in front of the roundhouse over the past few days, it looks like the grand old dame will be shipped off today for complete restoration, which is expected to take about 4 months. More can be read here: Burnsland Lilly Belle Discussion
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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    Ahh.. good to hear, wow, it slowly is happening. Walt must be smiling...

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    I may never get to actually see the inside of it in person, but I will be very happy to see the Lilly Belle pulled behind any of the engines!

    Is the Lilly Belle still sitting outside the roundhouse today (Friday)? I'd love to cruise by and get a shot of her this afternoon... is she visible from the train or the monorail as they pass by?
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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by daddyb
    Is the Lilly Belle still sitting outside the roundhouse today (Friday)? I'd love to cruise by and get a shot of her this afternoon... is she visible from the train or the monorail as they pass by?
    I don't know, daddyb. If the transport is handled in the usual Disney fashion (under cloak of darkness), the actual movement will take place at night, so maybe it is still out front. And if it is in front of the roundhouse, you should be able to glimpse it from both the monorail and the trains.

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    Someone snap a pic and post it please.


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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    Thanks for this info, Steve, and the picture of the interior on that board is excellent!

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    There is an article about the Lilly Belle in the latest (9/9/05) Disneyland Line. It says the refurbishment is currently under way and that the project "encompasses new siding and roof, refurbished mechanical equipment and new exterior paint and signage. Inside, new carpet and refinished paneling and furniture will complete the restoration".

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    I heard a rumour about this- so glad to hear that its true! This is really wonderful news. Maybe someday we will be able to ride in it again. (or folks more priveledged than us, but they can take pictures for us)
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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    I thought the Lilly Belle was the Walt Disney World boat? What's it doing in Disneyland? Sorry, I'm stupid...

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    Here is a brief description of the history of the Lilly Belle along with a couple of photos.
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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    uuhh, this might be stupid, but whats the lily belle, is that the steam boat? i thought that was WDWs, uh, im confused, soryy haven't been to DL in months!!!

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    ok, saw the link, THATS COOOL! i wanna ride it!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Lilly Belle Restoration Rumors

    Hubby is a railroader and he was ecstatic to hear this news. I hope its true - its a beautiful piece of history and a beauuuuuuuuuuuutiful train car. It should be restored even if they do only use it for the special folks!

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    Angry If I may inject some reality here...

    I have been in, on and all around the Lilly Belle several times over the past 2 years (yeah, in the north-east corner of the Roundhouse). Major dry-rot in the sides, some limited damage to the wood structural members, but nothing serious. I think I have some pictures - if I can find them, I'll post 'em.

    A prediction, if I may - DLR will be charged a pile of money to 'restore' the LB, even though the expertise exists in-house. DLR will pay a vast amount for drawings and redundant engineering to comply with DOSH requirements, and DLR will pay a definite huge premium for "the last payment" risk that any contractor/vendor understands after one job at Disneyland.

    In other words, this is a nice railcar, but nothing that special. The interior is fine, the windows are OK, the exterior needs a couple hundred grand worth of work. The chassis and rolling gear is excellent. The to-DLR cost of 'restoring' the LB will surpass anything any rational person would imagine. But, at least it's a gesture to Disney fans that maybe - just maybe - somebody gives a damn.

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