The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains, this exhibition explores Walt Disney’s passion for trains and the influence and impact railroading had throughout his career, on view from November 13, 2014 through February 9, 2015 at the
This comprehensive exhibition explores the influence that railroading had on Walt Disney’s life and work. It also tells the story of how his railroading legacy lives on to this day in Disney films and theme parks around the world. Including more than 200 artifacts, firsthand accounts, archival videos, images of Walt and his trains, and actual model trains running throughout the show, All Aboard highlights how Walt’s passion for trains developed long before manifesting itself in Disney short cartoons, feature films, and in Walt’s personal life at home.
Walt’s father Elias, along with his Uncle Mike, worked on the railroad. This instigated Walt’s fascination of railroading. One of Walt’s earliest jobs was as a news butcher for a few months in 1916, selling magazines and snacks on the Missouri Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroads.
Walt Disney riding on his Carolwood Pacific train around The Walt Disney Studios in 1951.
After Mickey’s debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, he would star with a train in the 1929 short Mickey’s Choo-Choo. Trains would also make appearances in future Disney shorts and films, either as plot devices or as characters of their own—with The Brave Engineer (1950) and Casey Jr. from the 1941 classic Dumbo.
In the move to live-action films, it was inevitable that the Studios began featuring more trains, including the ones seen in So Dear to My Heart and The Great Locomotive Chase. http://video.disney.com/watch/the-great-locomotive-chase-trailer-4bcf68674ff32bc46826f7a7
After commandeering a Confederate locomotive, heroic Yankee soldiers known as the Andrews Raiders try to bring about an early end to the Civil War by crippling the Southern railroad network. But their efforts are hampered by the unrelenting bravery of a single Rebel patriot.
Around this time, Walt also fulfilled a long-time desire: he bought and built a tabletop model train layout in his office suite, running it whenever he had a spare moment.
In July of 1948, Walt boarded a train to attend the Chicago Railroad Fair http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-last-great-railroad-fair-1948-49.html and was invited to participate in the “Wheels-a-Rolling” pageant
Walt constructed his own steam engine—a 1/8th scale model, that he named the Lilly Belle in honor of his wife Lillian. This train circled on a half-mile track, looping around his home in Holmby Hills.
Admission is free year-round for active and retired military, their spouses and dependents WITH valid ID. The museum also participates in the Blue Star Families program, which grants all active military free admission for themselves PLUS five additional guests (six people total) between Memorial Day and Labor Day
What they don't mention on any of the websites and web pages I referenced for this post, is that Walt Disney had plans to bring Disneylandia by railcar through America, it cost too much, so he made DisneyLand instead http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2012/08/walt-disney-had-plans-to-bring.html
the man on the right side of the train, is Ward Kimball, the first private owner of a full size steam locomotive, according to https://d23.com/the-walt-disney-family-museum-celebration-of-walt-trains/
And from my post in 2011 http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/06/awesome-people-hanging-out-together-had.html that is Salvadore Dali with Walt.