Walt Disney loved trains! So much so that, after being inspired by the backyard railroads of animators Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston, he developed plans for his own backyard railroad. He would construct a one-eighth scale locomotive, The Carolwood Pacific, to encircle his property.
Walt was thrilled about the idea of having his very own train! However, his wife Lillian, was opposed to the idea. She made it very clear she did not want a train going around the house. So Walt had his lawyer draw up an agreement allowing the train right-of-way on the property. Lillian and Walt both signed the agreement with their daughters as witnesses.
The route Walt designed for his backyard train required a six-foot cut into one of the slopes of the yard. When Lillian simply would not allow it, Walt compromised and built a 90-foot long tunnel instead. Knowing the construction of the tunnel would not be cheap, Walt instructed his secretary not to tell him how expensive that part of his project would be.
Watch the video below of Walt trying out The Carolwood Pacific! Would you like to have a backyard railroad at your house?