Saturday, January 27, 2007

SOP Saturday- Retlaw History of the Viewliner

Although technically not a SOP, this is a wonderful document on the beloved Viewliner train. Produced by Retlaw (Walt's own company that was started to run the railroads at Disneyland) in 1965, the document details the ride including operating requiremnts. Although only lasting for a little over a year, this train was the blueprint for the more ambitious Monorail. So for all those train fanatics:

5 comments:

Davelandweb said...

Patrick - Whatever became of the physical cars themselves? Junked or sitting in storage somewhere?

perkypickle said...

the cars were cut up and fed to the pihranas in phantom boat lagoon.

bastards!

patrick...

what do you suppose this pack was done for? it's way after they closed the attraction.

was there some proposed re-use retlaw was planning?

Major Pepperidge said...

It is unusual to see this sort of thing being produced roughly seven years after the attraction was removed. At that point I'm guessing that there weren't many people who even remembered it. Wish I knew why Retlaw printed this up, but it is very interesting!

Matterhorn1959 said...

As far as I know, the cars were sent to scrap. The rails and ties were purchased by Ollie Johnston for his Deer Park and Julian Narrow Guage railroad at his cabin in Julian. I believe John Lasseter now owns the track as well as the Narrow Guage engine and train.

Jordan- I have no idea why this was created. I know several copies were made as there were made as several friends own the same thing.

Hannibal8 said...

Great pics as always Patrick. I didn't even know about the Viewliner of Retlaw until a couple of years ago. I'm sure your site is providing people with quite an education. Keep up the great work.