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    Steve details the history of the Disneyland Railroad's Frontierland station; Part One. Discuss it here!

    DIRECT ARTICLE LINK: http://www.miceage.com/stevedegaetano/sd020508a.htm
    Last edited by Al Lutz; 02-05-2008, 07:21 AM.
    "Politics is the profession whereby the inevitable is made to seem a great human achievement" - Quentin Crisp

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    Re: 2/5: Station Story, Part I

    This was a really great article. I love details like these.

    And shame on Walt for asking for his station back!!! LOL.

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      The interior of the station, at least 10 years ago, was in use as a tertiary storeroom by New Orleans Restaurants. I was in there only once, and noticed that the walls were still decorated with props.

      Alas, I took no pictures. I seem to recall framed photographs. Or maybe they were drawings. I say that because they were in color, which wouldn't have been the case if they were photos. I have no idea what they depicted, however.
      Kevin Yee
      MiceAge Columnist

      I am the author of several Disney books:
      Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
      Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
      Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
      Mouse Trap
      Tokyo Disney Made Easy
      101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
      Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

      “The press [should be] a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” – Dan Rather

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        Don't forget the train station's cameo in "Two Brothers," the song that played as part of the 1984-2001 version of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
        Last edited by 2DieFR; 02-05-2008, 09:20 AM.

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        • #5
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          and is still playing in the American Adventure!
          Kevin Yee
          MiceAge Columnist

          I am the author of several Disney books:
          Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
          Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
          Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
          Mouse Trap
          Tokyo Disney Made Easy
          101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
          Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

          “The press [should be] a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” – Dan Rather

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            Re: 2/5: Station Story, Part I

            Steve,

            Thanks for an awesome article!

            Being a DLRR buff, I knew about the moves, but did not know the
            origins of the Frontierland station (esp re: Ward).

            Can't wait for the next installment!

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              Thanks everyone. And thanks, Kevin, for the insight. But please--for cryin' out loud, get pictures next time!)

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                Kevin, for years and years, the large display cases that are today in Main Street Station, where they hold Disneyland Railroad memorabilia, were tossed aside as just so much junk in a corner of Frontierland Station.

                When the Disneyland Railroad became the first in a (subsequently non-existent) list of attractions to be "re-dedicated" in 1997, a concerted effort by Downs Prior, a local DRR history buff, was made to locate the display cases, which had once before graced MSS's interior.

                The search for the cases eventually led to FL station, where the dusty but otherwise undamaged display cases were discovered, cleaned up, and mounted once more in MSS, in time for the rededication.

                When I was finishing my first book, the station interior housed telephone switching equipment for the then-abuilding DCA.

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                  Odd how memory works. I think I remember seeing those display cases back in 1995 or 1996 in the FL station. You walked in from the east end of the station, and the display cases were straight ahead, up against one wall, maybe a bit to the left. Of course, how much of this is 'reverse projection memory' is anybody's guess. But I didn't remember any of that until your most recent post.
                  Kevin Yee
                  MiceAge Columnist

                  I am the author of several Disney books:
                  Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
                  Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
                  Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
                  Mouse Trap
                  Tokyo Disney Made Easy
                  101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
                  Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

                  “The press [should be] a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” – Dan Rather

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                    Another great Post. I love the DisneyLand Sante fe. -or- the DLRR. It is Disneyland's history. Tyco to 50th aniversary, it is the Icon of the park.

                    Your attention please: the Disneyland Railroad is now arriving. All abaord!!!

                    Mike
                    Ralzap

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                    • #11
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                      Thank you for this, Steve. I find stories of the DLRR fascinating! Can't wait for Part 2!

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                      • #12
                        Re: 2/5: Station Story, Part I

                        I really enjoyed this article; great trivia info. Can't wait for the next one!

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                          anyone know of any large aerial shots of DL showing the Frontierland station on the inside of the tracks?

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                            Originally posted by RenMan View Post
                            anyone know of any large aerial shots of DL showing the Frontierland station on the inside of the tracks?
                            This is the classic picture that I know of...

                            http://www.gregssandbox.com/disneyla...erial_1959.jpg

                            It clearly shows the sidings and you can make out the Frontierland
                            station on the "inside"

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                              Re: 2/5: Station Story, Part I

                              Steve,
                              Great article! Hey I have a question about the current location. Why is the old station set back so far? Was there a siding there at the present location, too. If there was, I'm guessing it was removed during Splash Mountain construction?

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