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Disney Press Release on Ward Kimball and Lilly Bell Return


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  • Disney Press Release on Ward Kimball and Lilly Bell Return

    Disneyland Resort Press Release

    15 February 2006

    Ward Kimball steam engine and the returning Lilly Belle VIP parlor car.

    Ward Kimball engine and Lilly Belle car are wonderful salutes to two individuals whose impact on DisneylandThe Ward KimballSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, The Three Caballeros, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.The new engine (over 103 years old!) on the Disneyland Railroad was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and went into service in 1902. The little train was initially owned by Frank Barker and J. Wilson Lepine, proprietors and operators of the LaurelValley and Melodia sugarcane plantations, and the Laurel Valley Sugar Refinery in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The train was originally known as the Maud L., named after the young daughter of J. Wilson LePine. The little iron horse traversed the 15-mile railroad of the plantation, hauling cars of sugar cane from outlying fields, through mosquito-infested swamps to the mill.

    The Maud L.Ward KimballPinocchio). The engine features more pin striping than any other engine on the Disneyland Railroad while the boiler itself is coated in metallic midnight blue paint that cost nearly $900 per gallon!

    Lilly Belle. This special car has been off the Disneyland rails since 1998 due to the effects of the elements on its wood construction. However during the past seven months the car has been undergoing a painstaking refurbishment to restore it to its former glory

    Now the Lilly Bellegorgeous new interior elements such as a Victorian settee and chairs, velvet drapes, walls paneled with Himalayan mahogany, beveled mirrors, Disney family pictures and, rimming the top of the car, twelve stained glass panels.
    Grand Canyon (dating back to 1955), the Lilly Belle Grand Canyon

    Created with interior design inspiration from Lillian Disney herself, the car welcomed its first VIP guests in 1975. During the first-ever visit to the United States by Japanese royalty, their Majesties Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako of Japan enjoyed a grand circle tour of Disneyland aboard the Lilly Belle
    Over the past 50 years the authentic steam trains of the Disneyland Railroad have covered enough track to circle the globe more than 200 times while carrying nearly 300 million passengers.

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