The Disneyland railroad sweeper train makes one last circle tour only picking up park guests on the way, then everyone disembarks at the Main Street station. This train leaves at closing.
Sweeper trains are based on the number of order of which trains come out on the line on a particular day. The first train out on the line in the morning is usually the first train off the line for the night. The second train follows out soon after the first train when coming out on the line for the day, but stays out for a longer time about 30 minutes prior to part closing.
The last train to come out for the day is usually the last train put away for the night. That is the train that normally sweeps. The train departs Main Street around midnight and returns between 12:15 - 12:30 depending on the engine pulling the train and depending on how busy the stations actually are.
In 1950, Walt Disney built a 1/8th scale live-steam railroad at his residence in Holmby Hills, CA. He operated the "Carolwood Pacific Railroad" for family and friends until 1953 when he shifted his energies into creating a magical place where families could have fun together: Disneyland®.
The CPRR center of operations was a quaint red barn that Walt built as a replica of one from the Disney farm in Marceline, MO. The Carolwood barn served as his workshop and he spent many hours here building miniatures and model trains. In 1999, Walt Disney's family moved the barn he called his "happy place" from his home to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum, of which Walt was a founding member.
Today, Walt's Barn is a living showcase of Walt's passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt's Barn is filled with trains of all scales, many of which were donated to the Foundation by his animators and friends that shared his hobby. Many of Walt's personal items and tools are on display and he even hand-made all of the work benches.
Walt's Barn is open generally open every 3rd Sunday of the month from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Fascinated by everything from steam-powered locomotives to Walt Disney’s love of trains, fans of the Disneyland Railroad are eager to hop aboard once again for a narrated tour of Disneyland Park.
Leaving Main Street Station ----> heading to New Orleans Square station.
Leaving New Orleans Station -----> heading to Toon Town Station
Columbia Gorge section is the backdrop as guests enjoy their journey aboard the Disneyland Railroad, one of the original Disneyland attractions. Guests also enjoy this new landscape, including five spectacular waterfalls.
Leaving Toon Train Station -----> heading to Tomorrowland Station.
The Disneyland Railroad features five steam engines along with four open-air cars easily identified by their red steel frames and striped awnings. The cars seat passengers in two different styles. In one style, guests face forward, toward the engine. In the other style, guests face the park. The second style was designed by Walt Disney to allow guests a full view of the sights on the Disneyland tour.
Engine 1, C.K. Holliday, and Engine 2, E.P. Ripley, were both built especially for Disneyland by WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) in Burbank, California, U.S.A.. The other engines, Fred Gurley, Ernest S. Marsh, and Ward Kimball, were later additions to the Disneyland Railroad.
Along with the C.K. Holliday, the E.P. Ripley was present at the opening ceremonies of Disneyland in July 1955. Walt Disney occasionally took the throttle of both trains for excursions around his park.
The Fred Gurley, the oldest of any engine on a Disney Park railroad, celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2019.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".