What an excellent series of articles! Thank you so much for sharing the info and history with us. And here I was thinking I was so cool knowing as much about Disneyland as I do, but I learned there is much I still don't know. Thanks again!
I also was unaware that Hong Kong isn't using steam on its railroad. What is the method of locomotion used there? Diesel and electric? Do they have steam effects for the whistles and such?
For any railroad buff who enjoys train travel, I highly recommend traveling on the Amtrak train The Coast Starlight from LA to Seattle. It's a beautiful trip, and you meet fabulous people. Get a sleeping car, and then you have access to the "First Class" Pacific Parlor Car, a separate domed lounge car for sleeper passengers where they have afternoon wine tasting included in your ticket and generally posher service than can be found in the regular coach lounge car.
I take The Coast Starlight at least one way to or from the Pacific Northwest about once a year, and it's a real treat. As the old Western Airlines ads used to say "It's The Only Way To Fly!"