I recently went to the D23 exhibit at the Reagan Library and got inspired to finally take a trip to the Walt Disney Barn in Griffith Park last month. I haven't seen a lot of threads about this place, so I thought I'd post some pictures. I spent about an hour and a half there. It's a tiny little space, pretty crowded and hot, but I loved it. Bob Gurr was there that day signing his book. One of the many volunteers there was giving a 15 minute tour, and he mentioned that about 80% of the building is the original barn as it was in Walt's backyard (roof had to be replaced due to city fire regulations).
This is an exact copy of the Carolwood Pacific (name Walt gave his backyard train) engine from Walt's backyard, except it is painted exactly like the Disneyland Railroad (C.K. Holliday).
Here is the real thing. One of the Carolwood Pacific's original cars that Walt worked on in this barn, along with an original piece of track. I believe they said there are other original pieces are on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum and also somewhere in Marceline, MO.
Here are the Carolwood blueprints. They were also used for the Disneyland Railroad, so basically the Disneyland Railroad is almost identical to the Carolwood.
This was a 1/8 scale engine Walt had bought which he intended to take apart and use on the Carolwood, but it got damaged while being transported and he never got around to fixing it.
This panel was a map of his home property including the train tracks. Walt could control the routing of the train and monitor it's location (track is half a mile long).
This is a railroad pass/ ID card Walt had made to give anyone who rode the Carolwood.
Railroad passes Walt had made for the Disneyland Railroad. I guess he used to actually own the railroad as opposed to it being Disney Company property.
Most of the furniture was made by Walt.
I believe the La Canada pass was for Ollie Johnston's backyard train.
More in a few minutes...