Some may be colorful and pull funny looking passenger cars at slow speeds, but these theme park steam engines are the real thing.
Disney rebuilt their locomotives from steam engines saved from the scrapper torch and Dollywood keeps their steam locomotives looking like they’d be ready for the next freight through town. Other theme parks keep steam alive, if not exactly looking like they did when they worked pulling freight across the United States. And one theme park that stars a railroad, started out as a real railroad. All of these theme parks do what many other organizations with steam locomotives can not afford to do – provide on-site, continued, professional maintenance and repairs. They’re keeping the steam locomotive legacy alive. Read about the history of these fascinating theme park steam locomotives.