Friday, July 25, 2014

#Disneyland60.....Today In Disneyland History.........July 25, 1959

Engine No. 4 Ernest S. Marsh Joins

The Disneyland Railroad
July 25, 1959

Photo Credit Disney

On July 25, 1959, The Ernest S. Marsh locomotive (Engine No. 4) took its first inaugural run around Disneyland at the hands of Chief Engineer, Walt Disney. Since the Disneyland Railroad was originally known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, this engine, added on July 25, 1959, was named for Ernest S. Marsh – who was the current president of Santa Fe Railroad at the time. It was built in 1925 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn. – the same company that built its fellow Disneyland Railroad engine, the Fred Gurley. The Disneyland Railroad  is a 3 ft  (914 mm)  iconic narrow gauge railroad that was inaugurated on the park’s live television preview on July 17, 1955. The live steam railway was constructed for $240,000; the two original locomotives cost $40,000 each. Riders use it as transportation to other areas of the park or simply for the experience of the "Grand Circle Tour". The Main Street railroad station is situated at the entrance of Disneyland.

The 1.5-mile (2.4 km) loop originally only stopped at Main Street or Frontierland. The Frontierland Station was renovated when that section of the park became New Orleans Square in 1966. It was renamed to be the New Orleans Square station at a later date. The loop was expanded to stop at Fantasyland (which became Mickey's Toontown station) and Tomorrowland.  Today there are 5 engines that make up the Disneyland Railroad- Engine 1- C.K. Holliday, Engine 2 - E.P. Ripley, Engine 3- Fred Gurley, Engine 4- Ernest S. Marsh, and Engine 5- Ward Kimball.  All aboard!  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland History.

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