On Sunday, July 20 from 11am to 3pm the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Walt's Barn at the Los Angeles Live Steamers in Griffith Park. On July 20, 1999 Diane Disney Miller, personally dedicated the Barn as a tribute to her father, Walt Disney, saying, “Our heart and our heritage is here in this place.”
At 1:00pm the Carolwood Foundation will be making a major announcement as part of this joyous occasion. Fans of classic Disneyland attractions who attend will be the first to hear all about an exciting new addition coming to Walt's Barn.
Joining the festivities will be the Founders of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, Michael and Sharon Broggie. Michael will not only be there as Founder of the CPHS, he will also be offering a rare signing opportunity for a new edition of his award-winning book, Walt Disney's Railroad Story. This will mark the initial release of the revised all color 4th edition, the 432 page account of Walt’s lifelong passion for railroading. An autographed limited edition bookplate will be offered exclusively with each book sold at the event, marking both the barn’s anniversary and the new book’s release. The new edition features many updates of the original that was released in 1997. Copies may be reserved by sending an email to: email@example.com.
The Carolwood Foundation's mission is to preserve Walt Disney's railroad legacy. We accomplish this through: sharing our volunteers' and supporters' love of railroading; teaching our children to understand the role that railroads served in building America, and encouraging the continual appreciation of railroading.
Carolwood hosts several social events each year which have resulted in the creation of lifelong friendships among our members, and wonderful memories for all. We also operate Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn, located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, on behalf of the Walt Disney Family Foundation.
Today, Walt's Barn is a living showcase of Walt's passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt's Barn is filled with trains of all scales. Many of Walt's personal items and tools are displayed including work benches he built himself. Our guests also enjoy seeing the depot from animator Ollie Johnston's miniature railroad and our newest addition: an original "combine" coach from the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad!
Every third Sunday of the month, our members serve as volunteer hosts to the public at Walt's Barn. We invite you to visit Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn to learn more about Walt Disney and his railroad legacy. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Foundation saved Ollie's Station from the Johnston property before it went up for sale in 2007. The Station has been restored and is on display next to Walt's Barn in Griffith Park.
"Combine" is a railroad term for a coach that carries both passengers and freight. One such car was used on the Missouri Pacific train upon which Walt Disney worked as a 14-year-old news butch. The combine from the Disneyland Retlaw1 consist was purchased by the Carolwood Foundation in 2012. We have now completed the restoration but still need to construct a permanent shelter to home for the combine next to Walt's Barn.