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9 Responses to “Rare footage of Walt Disney playing with backyard trains in 1948”

  1. timquinn says:

    Rare footage of Walt Disney having ideas that will become Disneyland.

  2. David James says:

    This is surprisingly entertaining, though that may have something to do with the overly jaunty music…

  3. kmoser says:

    Once something is on YouTube it is no longer “rare”.

  4. Dave Stuckey says:

    Nice touch adding Ward’s Firehouse Five to the footage!

  5. Allen Baum says:

    If you’re interested in a scanned copy of a 1948 Popular Mechanix article on Ward Kimball and his trains, let me know. I believe the copy I have will be donated to the Walt Disney Museum in S.F.

  6. oschene says:

    Immediately calls to mind Chip and Dale in “Out of Scale,” (1951):

  7. David Kopelman says:

    @ 1:14. No one stands with their hands on their hips that way anymore. That’s so ’48.

  8. alamode123 says:

    Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge resort pays a great tribute in the Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room. The original train is in the Disney family museum in San Francisco.


  9. Randall Neff says:

    Walt built his own train and layout in his backyard. He used a bigger scale, his was 1 / 8 size, the one in the video is 1 / 12 size. Walt’s train and a model of his backyard layout is in the Disney Family Museum in the Presidio in San Francisco. It is a pretty incredible museum. I was just there to see the making of Snow White exhibit.