Recently I wrote a post on the stations of the Disneyland Paris Railroad (click here to read) and today I will be looking at the locomotive that was running on it. My visit to the park was at the end of peak season so unfortunately only one locomotive was running instead of the usual 2. This was a shame as it meant I only got to see 1 of the 4 locomotives in the Disney fleet.
So today we are looking at the 4-4-0 narrow gauge locomotive called “George Washington”. She is a 3ft live steam locomotive and has a top speed of 20mph. All four locos owned by Disneyland are Jupiter class locos built by Severn Lamb who are based in the Alcester in Warwickshire. Who said the UK doesnt build steam locomotives anymore.
The locomotive has its own set of unique carriages which match its right, white and blue livery. The coaches have been named in references to places where Washington achieved famous events: Mt. Vernon, Boston, Philadelphia, Yorktown and Valley Forge. Coaches are of traditional timber design and constructed in reinforced polyester on steel frames for longevity and ease of maintenance.
I doubt you will find a steam locomotive anywhere in the UK that covers as many miles a year hauling passenger trains as the locomotives of the Disneyland Paris Railroad. I had a throughly enjoyable experience behind them and would recommend you visit them … after you have met Mickey Mouse of course.
Thanks for reading.