We started our “Meet the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad” with Engine No. 1 – C.K. Holliday. Today we’ll meet the C.K.’s fellow opening-day steam engine, No. 2 – E.P. Ripley.
The E.P. Ripley was named for Edward Payson Ripley, who was the first president of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Built by WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering), the engine made its debut on Disneyland opening day – July 17, 1955. Along with the C.K. Holliday, the E.P. Ripley was featured at the opening ceremonies of Disneyland, and Walt Disney himself occasionally took the throttle of both trains for excursions around his park.
Here are some specs for the E.P. Ripley:
- Stack Design: Cap Stack
- Scale: 5/8
- Track Gauge: 36″
- Wheel arrangement: 4-4-0 American
- Weight: 22,500 lbs.
Want to get up-close to one of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad? Engine No. 4 – Ernest S. Marsh will be on display for the first time outside Disneyland park at Railroad Days 2013 in Fullerton, Calif., May 4-5. It will be open for viewing and guided tours by cast members from the Disneyland Railroad. Get more information here.
I’ll be back again soon with another feature on the Disneyland Railroad steam engines, including the Ernest S. Marsh and more!
“Your attention please. The Santa Fe and Disneyland passenger train, E.P. Ripley, now loading on track number one for a trip around Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. All aboard!”
Bob A. 🙂
As Walt himself said, the park ‘should be surrounded by a train’, and we’re glad it is! Looking forward to more articles! Thanks!
I simply MUST make it out to the Fullerton Railroad Days in a few weeks to see Engine No. 4. Thanks Erin. 🙂