— Steam Trains
One of the most interesting things we did during our visit to The World was to take several back stage tours. "The Magic Behind our Steam Trains" tour was a real treat. The tour started about 7 in the morning and lasted for 3 hours. We rode on the train, visited the repairshops, and got a chance to really check out the old steam engines (see photo #1, at left).
Our tour guide was one of the conductors. He is retired from another occupation and has a passion for steam trains. He told us all about Walt Disney's love of steam trains, the search for real steam engines (they found these in Central America), and the process of preparing them for use at the Magic Kingdom. We learned about the effort required to operate and maintain these old engines, and the procedures they follow to assure a safe operation. We had a great time! Here is another photo, this one of the engine interior. We rode the steam train again during our stay, and it was fun to know all about what was happening and why.