Barbecue fundraiser to be held at Walt Disney’s Barn – Orange County Register
The Carolwood Foundation, the caretakers of Walt’s Barn, is holding its annual summer barbecue.
The barbecue is a fundraiser, and takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 12. Tickets are $75.
Walt’s Barn is the structure that used to house Walt Disney’s miniature live steam train. The barn was moved to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum in Griffith Park in 1999 by the Carolwood Foundation. The foundation is named after Disney’s miniature railroad line, the Carolwood Pacific Railroad.
In addition to the barn, it also has one of the Disneyland Railroad’s original cars, the Combine Car, on display – restored to pristine condition.
An HO Scale model of Disneyland’s original Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland ride is now on display at Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park. The barn is maintained on the grounds of the Los Angeles Live Steamers by the Carolwood Foundation. (File photo by Joshua Sudock, Orange County Register/SCNG)
This was the last engine and cars from the old Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland. It sat on abandoned rails from the old Disneyland attraction by the Rivers of America for years after the attraction closed, and was removed in 2010. The Walt Disney Company signed an agreement with the Carolwood Foundation to restore and display it at Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park. (Photo by George Kissinger, used by permission.)
The Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland attraction goes around Cascade Peak, next to the Rivers of America in Frontierland at Disneyland. The attraction closed in 1977 to make room for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (Photo courtesy: The Disneyland Resort)
The Disneyland Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland attraction passes over a pond in the Bear Country area of the attraction. Walt Disney decided the attraction needed to be longer, so he added additional scenes from his “Nature’s Wonderland” documentary movie series. The train was previously known as the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. The attraction closed in 1977 to make room for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (Photo courtesy: The Disneyland Resort)
Those who attend will have a chance to see a model of the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland, based on a longtime Disneyland attraction and built by current Disney Imagineer Sam Towler, who is from Fullerton. The foundation is also be working on a restoration project to restore one of the original engines from that attraction and have it on display.