Disneyland Railroad > Kalamazoo Handcar
After a lengthy refurbishment, the newly repainted Kalamazoo Handcar has been returned to the side track in front of the Disneyland Railroad Station on Main Street.
Photo from August 22, 2010.
The Disneyland Railroad's Kalamazoo Handcar sits on the former passing track in front of Main Street's Station. A fixture in Disneyland since 1956 (at the latest), the handcar was a gift for noted railroad fanatic, Walt Disney.
An early Disneyland photo of Walt Disney and the Kalamazoo Handcar in front of the E.P. Ripley in Frontierland. According to the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company website, the handcar was made for Walt Disney in 1957.
Image © Walt Disney
An old illustration of the handcar and some of its statistics, as it was once available through the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company's Catalog.
The company famous for its railroad handcars was originally founded in 1883, as the Kalamazoo Railroad Velocipede and Car Company. In 1901, the company would change its name it to the Kalamazoo Railway Supply Company. The name remained until the early 1950's, when it was finally renamed the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company, due to the growth in the company's non-railroad related business.
© Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, MI.