Meet the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad: Ernest S. Marsh

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

It’s time once again to continue our grand circle tour of the steam engines of the Disneyland Railroad, this time with Engine No. 4 – the Ernest S. Marsh.
Ernest S. Marsh, One of the Steam Engines on the Disneyland Railroad
Since the Disneyland Railroad was originally known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, this engine, added on July 25, 1959, was named for Ernest S. Marsh – who was the current president of Santa Fe Railroad at the time. It was built in 1925 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn. – the same company that built its fellow Disneyland Railroad engine, the Fred Gurley. The Ernest S. Marsh was recently featured for the very first time outside of Disneyland park since it joined the Disneyland Railroad, at at Railroad Days 2013 in Fullerton, Calif., in May.

Here are some specs for the Ernest S. Marsh:

  • Stack Design: Diamond
  • Scale: Full
  • Track Gauge: 36″
  • Wheel arrangement: 0-4-0 Switcher, converted to 2-4-0
  • Weight: 23,700 lbs.

Just one more to go! Check back for the last steam engine in our series, named for a person who is very important to us Disney fans. Any guesses?


  • My first electrical engineering job was at Westinghouse in Philadelphia, Penn. I worked in the old Baldwin Locomotive Works office building. It was quite an adventure for this boy from Georgia.

    BTW, Westinghouse invented the safety brake used on trains.

    Norman (Lisa’s husband)

    • What an interesting background! This girl from Tallahassee appreciates that bit of trivia. Thanks, Norman! 😀

  • Erin,
    It has been some time since I commeneted. You have this great writing ability that makes me want to be apart of what ever you are writng about! Traveling from Idaho to LA and in the park on Sunday…sad only one day but we take what we can get! wooo hooo thanks to all of you on this site
    Sincerely Andy

    • That’s so kind, Andy! Thank you. I hope you have a great time on Sunday! Take a ride on the Disneyland Railroad for me. 🙂

  • Engine#5-Ward Kimball

  • Engine #5 – Ward Kimball

    • That’s right – stay tuned!

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