We’ve already met our opening-day steam engines, C.K. Holliday and E.P. Ripley, but today we’ll meet the oldest of all the Disneyland Railroad steam engines – the Fred Gurley. It may have joined us in 1958, but this engine’s 119-year history began even before Walt Disney was born!
The Fred Gurley was named after Fred G. Gurley, who was president of the Santa Fe Railway from 1944-1957. It is the oldest steam engine operating on the Disneyland Railroad, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1894. It was first put into service in August 1895, and began circling the Happiest Place on Earth on March 28, 1958. Next year, the Fred Gurley will celebrate its 120th year in service!
Here are some specs for the Fred Gurley:
- Stack Design: Cap Stack
- Scale: Full
- Track Gauge: 36″
- Wheel arrangement: Forney, converted to 2-4-4T
- Weight: 21,600 lbs.
Stay tuned for more on the rest of the Disneyland Railroad steam engines here on the Disney Parks Blog.