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Because of his love of trains, Walt Disney built an eighth scale railroad at his home. He took the Carolwood Pacific name from the street the house was located on, Carolwood Drive. This authentic steam railroad, which Walt himself helped to build, served as the inspiration for the larger steam trains at Disneyland.

The engine that Walt built was No. 173 Lilly Belle. This 4-4-0 engine was named after his wife, Lillian. It was on display, along with the caboose, inside Disneyland's Main Street Station for several years.

When the track was removed from Walt's Carolwood Drive house, it was donated to the Los Angeles Live Steamers, who installed the track at their Griffith Park site. This section of track is identified by a sign as the "Disney Loop."

The barn that Walt built for his train was moved from the Carolwood Drive house to the Los Angeles Live Steamers site at Griffith Park, and was dedicated on July 19, 1999.

For more information on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, visit The Carolwood Pacific Historical Society. Also, be sure to see pictures from the Iron Spike Room and Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn.

Engine Statistics
NameLilly BelleNumber173
Wheel arr./type4-4-0 AmericanStack designDiamond
BuilderWalt Disney Productions
Burbank, California
In-service dateMay 7, 1950
Year1950Scale1/8th
Gauge7-1/4"Length48"
Weight260 lbs.Height to top of stack23"
FuelHard coalBoiler pressure140 psi.
Boiler barrel diameter6"Cylinder size2-1/2" x 3"
Valve gearStephensonDriver diameter7"
Lead truck diameter3-1/2"Tender capacity6 gal. water/10 lbs. coal
ColorsNatural wood cab/red wheelsNamesakeLillian Bounds Disney
Devoted spouse and mother
Information from "Walt Disney's Railroad Story" by Michael Broggie, used with the author's permission. For more information, visit The Carolwood Pacific Historical Society.

A view of the Lilly Belle

Another view of the Lilly Belle

Carolwood Pacific cars - 6/02

Cattle car - 6/02

Gondola - 6/02

Rolling stock - 6/04

Cattle car - 6/04

Gondola - 6/04

Rolling stock - 6/04

Gondola - 6/05

Cattle car - 6/05

Cattle car - 6/05

Gondola - 6/05

Gondola detal - 6/05

Gondola wheels - 6/05

Cattle Car - 6/05

Coupler - 6/05

Cattle car wheels - 6/05

Cattle car detail - 6/05

Cattle car detail - 6/05

Gondola - 6/05

Gondola detail - 6/05