I've been searching for anything about Freedomland's trains and their operations, especially plans, pictures, movies, videos of the trains, train stations, the right-of-way and the roundhouse. I was seven years old when I first rode Freedomland's Santa Fe Railway #3 Steam Train in 1960, and eventually became a Walt Disney World Railroad Steam Locomotive Engineer in 1989 through 1998. So far I’ve discovered that Art Directors Wade B. Rubottom (from Disney), (Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, 1945), and Randall Duell (from MGM), (Singin' in the Rain, 1951) from the Marco Engineering Co. Inc. Los Angeles, CA, designed Freedomland Inc.; F. Nelson Blount signed the agreement to run his two foot narrow-gauge trains at Freedomland Inc.; the Edaville Corp. leased the #3 and #4 steam locomotives to Freedomland Inc. in June of 1960; and according to, The Whistle, Dedicated to Preserving the History of the Edaville Railroad, Volume 1 Number 1, Fall 2002, page 4: “During the summer of 1967, locomotives #3 and #4, together with some passenger cars, were returned from Freedomland, an amusement park in Bronx, NY. The equipment had been on loan to the park for five years.” Two prints of #3 & #4 at Edaville in 1965 were just on EBay today, January, 27, 2006. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum at Portland, Maine ownes the #3 and #4 steam locomotives now, and was running #3 in 2003, and #4 in 2005.
According to both Freedomland DVDs from Back in the Bronx, the Santa Fe Railway suppied the steam locomotive engineers and the Edaville folks were not allowed to operate them while they were at Freedomland, however they did bring them back to Edaville at the end of each operating season and returned them for the next operating season.
They run each year during Freedomland’s 1960 through 1964 operationing seasons
They ran both trains at the same time
Additionally, I’m also trying to find out:
Which coaches and combines were used?
Who designed the railway and it’s layout?
Who designed the train stations?
Who laid the track?
Who built the train stations?
Who built the bridges?
Who maintained the trains?
Former steam locomotive engineers, conductors, maintenance workers, shop foremen, managers or anyone else interested in Freedomland's Santa Fa Railway that I could contact?
John J. Gilson