The Ward Kimball is unique among its fellow steam engines, as it was the first new engine to be added to the Disneyland Railroad in nearly 50 years. Also, unlike the other engines, it was named not for an icon of the railroad, but for an icon of the Walt Disney Company. Ward Kimball was a Disney animator and one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men”; among his many achievements was the creation of Jiminy Cricket. He was named a Disney Legend in 1989. Ward was a railroad enthusiast, whose passion for the hobby inspired Walt’s own love of trains and railroading. The Ward Kimball steam engine was put into service on the Disneyland Railroad on June 25, 2005, and dedicated on February 15, 2006, as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.
Another interesting note about Engine No. 5 – it is often operated by Ward Kimball’s own grandson, Nate Lord, who is now a steam train engineer on the Disneyland Railroad. Read more about Nate here.
Here are some specs for the Ward Kimball:
- Stack Design: Cap
- Scale: Full
- Track Gauge: 36″
- Wheel arrangement: 2-4-4T Forney
- Weight: 20,000 lbs.
I hope you enjoyed meeting all of the steam engines of the Disneyland Railroad. Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!