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Even before Walt Disney drew up plans for the first Disneyland Park, he knew what to include in it—a rideable miniature railroad. Indeed, he had one in his own backyard at his home in Los Angeles.

Walt Disney was a rail enthusiast, whose love for trains goes back to the time when he was young boy—and it came from family. Disney's father worked as part of a track installation crew for the Union Pacific Railroad, and his uncle, his father's cousin, was a locomotive driver for the Santa Fe Railway. Naturally, Disney was drawn to trains. As a teenager, he worked as a news butcher on the Missouri Pacific Railway, where he sold newspapers, candy, cigars, and other products on trains. Sometimes he would climb into the locomotive itself where he would bribe the engineer and fireman with chewing tobacco to allow him to stay and watch them operate the locomotive.

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Photo credit: www.imagineeringdisney.com

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