Disneyland Railroad > Lilly Belle Engine
This 1/8th scale engine is a replica of Walt Disney's Lilly Belle, named in honor of his wife, Lillian. This version of the Lilly Belle is displayed in Disneyland's Main Street Station lobby.
The original Lilly Belle is on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio District. It's displayed with several of its original railcars, including Walt's yellow caboose.
In 1949, Walt Disney, with help from Disney Studios' Roger Broggie, built the one-eighth scale Lilly Belle steam engine for Walt's backyard railroad. The Lilly Belle was named for Walt's wife Lillian, and was the centerpiece of a rail system that included more than 2,600 feet of track, a 46 foot trestle and a 90 foot tunnel. Disney named his backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. It was named for Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills, where the Disney home was located.
Note: When Roger Broggie and the Disney Studios Machine Shop began planning to build the No. 1 and No. 2 engines for Walt's new Disneyland theme park, the two locomotives were patterned after the scaled down Lilly Belle. The No. 1 C.K. Holliday and No. 2 E.P. Ripley are almost identical, except for the differing smokestacks and pilots.
A photo of Walt Disney tending to the Lilly Belle, his one-eighth scale steam locomotive. The engine was named in honor of Walt's wife, Lillian Disney.
Walt Disney and the Lilly Belle traverse a trestle in his backyard. A passionate fan of railroads and locomotives , Disney created the Carolwood Pacific Railroad on the property behind his home in Holmby Hills - Los Angeles, California.