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Uploaded on May 13, 2007
The great animation website "Cartoon Brew" called attention to LA Times writer Bob Pool's article about Ward Kimball's Grizzly Flats Railroad, which "ended its long run on a short track" in May, 2007.
The railroad "inspired Walt Disney, excited neighborhood families and brought joy to the family that owned and ran it."
The Tomorrow Show visited Grizzly Flats around 1978. If you're a fan of Ward Kimball, Tom Snyder, or railroads, life-size as well as model (I'm a fan of all) you'll enjoy this program, presented here in seven parts.
Parts 1-7 run in order are the complete show minus commercials - about 45 minutes. Segments shot outside are in Parts 1,4,5 and 7; Model Train Room and Toy Room segments are 2,3,5, and 6.
To quote Pool again, on the big trains: "It was short in length — but long in its reach. The Grizzly Flats Railroad's steam engines traveled for 70 years along a 500-foot-long stretch of rails next to the San Gabriel home of Betty and Ward Kimball. Along the way, the Kimballs' picturesque narrow-gauge line helped inspire Walt Disney to build the famous passenger train system that circles Disneyland."