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Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad

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Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad!

A new book by Steve DeGaetano

Order by December 1 to receive your book in time for Christmas!

“I just want it to look like nothing else in the world. And it should be surrounded by a train.”
--Walt Disney

Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad! was first published in 2004. Since that time, new information, photos and stories about the railroad have come to light. This new, massively expanded edition of Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad! remains the most comprehensive and detailed study ever published on the history, lore and operation of the Disneyland steam trains. With hundreds of rare photographs, as well as intricate drawings of locomotives, cars and structures (many in color), this book documents completely what may be the most recognized trains in the world—the trains of the Disneyland Railroad.

In this book, you will learn the in-depth histories of all five steam locomotives. You will discover what every valve, gauge and lever in the locomotive cab does, along with the responsibilities of the engine crew members. You will understand just what it takes to get the trains ready in the morning in the Disneyland Roundhouse. This book covers it all.

This new “Collector’s Edition” has been extensively expanded since the first edition came out in 2004, featuring far more full color and vintage black-and-white photos, new chapters, updated drawings and greatly expanded text. Limited to a print run of only 1,500 copies world-wide, this edition features a new professional layout, with light sepia-tone pages, sidebars and Victorian fonts and flourishes, all of which work to tie the book together visually while honoring Walt Disney’s deep affection for his railroad.

A life-long fan of Disneyland and the Disneyland Railroad, author Steve DeGaetano is uniquely qualified to tell the trains’ story. His experience as a qualified steam locomotive fireman allows him to explain complex steam locomotive operations in a manner that is at once enlightening and entertaining. Preston Nirattisai’s detailed and accurate drawings have long been recognized—even by Disney Imagineers—as some of the best available.

At 248 pages, this edition features heavy semi-gloss paper sewn into the hard-cover binding, adding to a feel of quality. As the only book ever published focusing exclusively on the Disneyland Railroad, you will be proud to add this work to your collection. Both Disney fans and rail fans will be delighted.

The book is now available for only $39.95 (plus $5.00 shipping and handling).

What others are saying:

“Browsed every page until way past my bedtime…could not put it down. Such detail…amazing since I was there and you weren’t even born yet.”
--Bob Gurr
Disney Imagineer

“I’m pleased to let you know that Dave Smith at Disney archives wants to add your book to his reference library. By the way, I want your book in my library as well.”
--Michael Broggie
Author, Walt Disney’s Railroad Story

“As a former Retlaw/Disneyland Steam Train cast member and now a career steam railroader, this book has brought back a lot of memories for me. Steve has done his homework, from the concise and detailed accounts of the Disneyland railroad to the well-researched descriptions of operation and maintenance of steam locomotives in general. I recommend Steve’s book for both Disney fans and rail fans alike. I think Walt would have been proud!”
--Bill Colley
Chief Engineer
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

“Wow! At last a book that covers in great detail not only the history but the operation of the Disneyland Railroad, including details not found in other books. A comprehensive ‘must read’ for Disney buffs and rail fans alike.”
--Albert J. Di Paolo
Railroad Restoration Specialist
California State Railroad Museum
Former Disneyland Railroad Engineer


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This book is a must-have for any Disney Railroad fan!