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  • 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

    Steve notes the Disneyland Railroad's caboose isn't as glamorous as the Lilly Belle, but it sure is fun, Part Two. Discuss it here!
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    Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

    I had no idea you could just step inside that car, I always thought you had to ask someone first. The 2nd story cupola thing is really neat! Is there any way at all to get into that area, I mean can you ask the conductor if you can get into it?

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      Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

      Yeah, it's a shame they don't allow you into that section. That would be a really fun way to ride around the park.

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        Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

        Great article. Didn't know that you could just walk onto it!

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        • #5
          Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

          I, too, was unaware that you could just go right in. Are you sure this is still allowed?

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            Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

            The caboose is usually locked during hot summer "code 90" days. It gets very hot in there!
            Last edited by System Error; 10-08-2007, 09:31 PM. Reason: Added "code 90"

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              Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

              Matt Walker, who took all the great photos, just walked on; he noticed several other folks who did the same.

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                Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

                Originally posted by System Error View Post
                The caboose is usually locked during hot summer days. It gets very hot in there!
                Restricted windows (so nobody falls out), no clerestory windows or roof ventilators to open - no kidding!

                Same thing with the cupola, they can't let anyone in there because there are high places to fall from, and you can't open the windows or kids would try climbing out onto the roof.

                I'd love to have kids go in there and have fun learning about true turn of the century railroading, but the lawyers beat us to it and removed all the fun.

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                  Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

                  My buddy and I went to the park about 1967-8, and got to ride in the cupola! We rode it around so much we memorized the spiel! We were model railroaders at the time, barely teenagers, so it was "big fun" to go ride a real train like railroad personnel, and not just a tourist. I can see now as an adult that it could be dangerous (read: lawsuits) if you're not careful getting up and down those ladders, plus the bark of the ADA. Maybe if they made an attraction for only wheelchair guests, they could open the cupola! It was a kick! We got to ride in the caboose after that, but it's just not the same in the crow's nest!
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                    Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

                    Originally posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
                    Matt Walker, who took all the great photos, just walked on; he noticed several other folks who did the same.
                    Awesome, thanks Steve

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                      Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

                      Originally posted by Al Lutz View Post
                      Steve notes the Disneyland Railroad's caboose isn't as glamorous as the Lilly Belle, but it sure is fun, Part Two. Discuss it here!
                      I dunno...I've always been a 'caboose' kinda guy . Great article, Steve! I didn't (along with the consensus) know one could just walk in.

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                        Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

                        I'm wondering if the caboose will see more ridership now, and if permission will be required because of any increased demand?

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                        • #13
                          Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

                          Steve alluded to it with this line, "After riding around the line, you get off at New Orleans Square Station," but one of the "advantages" to riding in the caboose over the Lilly Belle that wasn't explicitly mentioned is that you can get on or off at any station and you can take as short or as long of a trip in there as you wish.

                          With the Lilly Belle, you have to board and depart at Main Street Station, generally after one full loop. With the caboose, I rode 2 1/4 times around. Another family boarded at Main Street and exited at New Orleans Square. A mother and her son boarded at Mickey's Toontown Station and left upon arriving in NOS. This makes it both transportation as well as ride attraction. Nice!
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                            Re: 10/8: Ain't That a Kick in the... Rear, Part II

                            Thanks for the clarification, SBAM!

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