Never worked any Disney RR. But Pat Hall, founder of Carowinds, was a fan of Disney and the main reason he built the park was to run his trains. In fact his office at the park was a stainless steel streamline OBS passenger car!
The Carowinds & Carolina had two locos.
#1 Melodia, was a old plantaion loco that had been modified a number of times. Was a 2-6-2 during her Carowinds days. Burned fuel oil. Was a bit touchy and a rough rider but a work horse.
#2, Ole Blue, was a modern loco built in PA in the 1970's. A 4-4-0 she would get wheel slip easily coming out of Plantation SQ on rainy days with her larger drivers. Better rider.
Both were a VERY hot ride in the Carolina summers of high 90 degrees 100% humidity. For me it was a dream come true. Some days I did, in my mind, think I was running a loco around Disneyland! But the Carowinds track was more challenging I bet. Plantation SQ was the low point and all the up hill grade was a short section just as you left the station. From there it was a gentle down grade. So the train could drift much of the trip....and you had to give it 110% attention at Plantation. 3 stations and no radios. Each station crew controled our trips.
I have some stories.....and the statue of limitations has passed.....but most would think I was telling tall tales. We had some after hours games that now that I'm older know better. We had one person on the crew that is infamous and spending life in jail. We once had to pay a $5 dry cleaning bill for a park customer. I am happy I got to do it.
Both locos are now in California. Funny eh? I grew up in CA and now 'my' locos are there. #2 ended up a Neverland Ranch but was never used....too big! She was in storage last I read. #1 is at a semi private railroad 'club' in northern CA. Love to see them again someday.
#2 on it's way to MJ's house.....