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A typical Baldwin 4-6-0 of the railway

Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatán was a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge[1] railroad that operated in the state of Yucatán in Mexico. The last two 4-4-0 steam locomotives (No. 80 and No. 81) built by Baldwin Locomotive Works were made for this railroad in 1946.[2] Locals nicknamed its locomotives as toros de fuego (bulls of fire).[3][4]

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Disney connectionEdit

 
A 1916-built Baldwin 4-4-0 No. 66, now operating on the WDWRR as No. 4 Roy O. Disney

Five of the railroad's steam locomotives were bought by Roger Broggie on behalf of The Walt Disney Company in 1969.[3] Four of them built by Baldwin Locomotive Works between 1916 and 1928, were completely rebuilt and altered to resemble locomotives built in the 1880s, are currently operating on the Walt Disney World Railroad (WDWRR).[3][5][6] The remaining locomotive built in 1902 by Pittsburgh Locomotive and Car Works, was not restored due to its poor condition and was sold to an unknown locomotive broker.[3] Some of its parts were used as donors to repair the four Baldwin locomotives.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Surviving Steam Locomotive Search - Bay Lake, Florida
  2. ^ Leaphart (2016), p. 91.
  3. ^ a b c d Broggie, Michael. Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom, 4th ed., pp. 316-325, The Donning Company Publishers, 2014. ISBN 978-1-57864-914-3.
  4. ^ Best, Gerald M. (1968), Mexican Narrow Gauge (1st ed.), Howell North, ISBN 978-0831070731
  5. ^ Souza, Dave (September 6, 2007). "Train Ride or Time Travel? Disney's narrow-gauge steam trains still chug around park". The Ledger. Archived from the original on March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Leaphart (2016), p. 106.
  7. ^ Leaphart (2016), p. 66.

BibliographyEdit

  • Leaphart, David (2016). Walt Disney World Railroads Part 3: Yucatan Jewels (1st ed.). Steel Wheel on Steel Rail Studio. ISBN 978-1-533-03707-7.

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