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Carolwood Engineering Design

SKU: 934251

Original Engineering Artwork

Pencil drawing

Engineering design drawing for the Carolwood Pacific Railroad trestle structure at Walt Disney's private residence.

The railroad featured the Lilly Belle, a 1:8-scale live steam locomotive named after Disney's wife and built by the Walt Disney Studios' machine shop team led by Roger E Broggie The locomotive's design, chosen by Disney after seeing a smaller locomotive model with the same design at the home of rail historian Gerald M Best, was based directly on copies of the blueprints for the Central Pacific No.173, a 4-4-0 steam locomotive rebuilt by the Central Pacific Railroad in 1872. The initials for the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, CPRR, matched the initials for the Central Pacific Railroad, one of the railroads that helped complete the First Transcontinental Railroadd in 1869. Under Broggie's guidance, Disney helped build several parts for the Lilly Belle, including its smokestack and headlamp Most of the machining was done by Broggie's machine shop team, and the wooden cab was built by Disney personally.  On December 24, 1949, the Lilly Belle and its tender were first test run on a small loop of track during the studio's Christmas party in front of the staff. The tender could carry up to 3.5 US gallons (13.2 l) of water and 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of coal crushed to scale-sized lumps to fuel the locomotive. Disney ran the Lilly Belle on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad for the first time on May 7, 1950

Signed by engineer: James E. Lill 

44" x 42"

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Carolwood Engineering Design