Disneyland Railroad (Paris)

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Disneyland Railroad (Paris)
Euro Disneyland Railroad poster.jpg
The attraction poster for the EDRR
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Area Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland
Status Operating
Opening date April 12, 1992 (1992-04-12)
General statistics
Attraction type Railroad attraction
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Length 7,150 ft (2,180 m)
Speed 10 mph (16 km/h)
Vehicle type Train cars
Duration 25–30 minutes
Track gauge 3 ft (914 mm)
Previous name Euro Disneyland Railroad
(1992–1994)
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

The Disneyland Railroad (DRR), originally the Euro Disneyland Railroad (EDRR), is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad in Disneyland Park in the Disneyland Paris Resort in Marne-la-Vallée, France, which was inaugurated on April 12, 1992, the park's opening day. Its route is 7,150 feet (2,180 m) in length and is used by park guests for transportation to other areas of the park, or simply for the experience of The Grand Circle Tour.[1]

Ride Experience

Main Street Station is seen upon entering Disneyland Park, in Main Street, U.S.A.. From there, guests can start their journey around the park, with a recorded narration commenting on visited landscapes.

Trains first cross a diorama recreation of the Grand Canyon, complete with wild animals and storm effects. As they arrive in Frontierland, travelling behind the Rivers of the Far West, they first stop in Frontierland Depot.

Then trains travel through Adventureland, allowing guests to discover the Temple of Peril and witnessing the inside of the ride Pirates of the Caribbean.

At Fantasyland Station, located in the British part of Fantasyland (which also includes Peter Pan's Flight and Alice's Curious Labyrinth), guests are given a whole view on the land, and then trains even venture through the facade of It's a Small World.

Finally, in Discoveryland, trains stop above Star Tours - The Adventures Continue in Discoveryland Station. The journey comes to an end while returning to Main Street.

Rolling stock

The Disneyland Railroad operates four trains pulled by 4-4-0 steam locomotives built by H.P. Phillips Company (Locomotives No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3) in 1992, and Severn Lamb (Locomotive No. 4) in 1993.[2]

Disneyland Railroad rolling stock details
Number Name Namesake Image Wheel arrangement Date built Builder Serial number Passenger cars Date entered service Notes
1 W.F. Cody William Frederick Cody/Buffalo Bill 4-4-0 1992 H.P. Phillips Company N/A N/A N/A The locomotive is named for William Frederick Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill. Note the antlers on the headlamp; he was a western show star. The cars are named after Western cities: Silverton, Durango, Denver, Wichita and Cheyenne.
2 C.K. Holliday Cyrus K. Holliday 4-4-0 1992 H.P. Phillips Company N/A N/A N/A The locomotive is named for Cyrus Kurtz Holliday, founder of the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1859. Since this train is a vacation train from the 19th century, its cars are named after vacation places: Coney Island, Atlantic City, Chesapeake, Long Island and Niagara Falls. The Anaheim version of the railroad has a locomotive also called "C.K. Holliday", but it is No. 1.
3 G. Washington George Washington 4-4-0 1992 H.P. Phillips Company N/A N/A N/A The train is named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. The locomotive's colors are blue, white and red (representing both France and the USA). On its headlamp, it has pictures of George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette. With a wood-colored cab, this is the most ornate of all 4 locomotives. Its cars' names are references to places where Washington achieved famous events: Mt. Vernon, Boston, Philadelphia, Yorktown and Valley Forge.
4 Eureka Ancient Greek meaning "I've found it"/Eureka Locomotive 4-4-0 1993 Severn Lamb N/A N/A N/A The locomotive's name is derived from an Ancient Greek meaning "I've found it", supposedly used by Californian gold miners on the discovery of gold in 1849, it is also the name of the Eureka Locomotive which shares number 4's name and number. The cars are named after Californian cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Diego and Sacramento.

Incidents

Disneyland Railroad (Paris)
Locomotive shed
(not open to public)
Fantasyland
Frontierland
Discoveryland
Horse-drawn streetcar transfer
(via short walk inside park)
Main Street, U.S.A.
Train and bus transfers
(via short walks outside park)
  • On January 4, 2013, as the DLRR's No. 1 locomotive approached the Frontierland station with its train, a bolt snapped between the first and second coach.[3] This caused the front coach to uncouple from the other four coaches.[3] The three rear coaches struck the front coach when the engine stopped at the station and four people were injured.[3] They were taken to hospital and later discharged.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Broggie 2014, p. 347
  2. ^ Broggie 2014, pp. 397–398.
  3. ^ a b c "Four hurt in Disneyland Paris Railroad accident". Salon Mickey Blog. January 4, 2013. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Four injured in Disneyland Railroad accident at Disneyland Paris". Theme Park Tourist. January 4, 2013. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 

Bibliography

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 48°52′15″N 2°46′45″E / 48.87083°N 2.77917°E / 48.87083; 2.77917

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