Quote: from Blackseal on 3:23 pm on Sep. 17, 2004
There is the same, or at least very similar, quote in the Disney World spiel (definitely has "genuine" in it, pronounced gen-you-eye-n) - to me it always was a reminder that, heck yeah, this was Disney - they go the extra mile to do things right. You have a steam train, you have a _real_ steam locomotive pulling it. Imagine my disappointment my first time at the Animal Kingdom train as I heard this truck slide up into the station. I just assumed that it would be steam since all the other trains that have or had been at the park were steam powered. My only nice thought was that it least they directed the exhaust out the stack. I mean - you look into the MK locomotive cabs and there is a fully functional backhead (because it's real!), from what I remember in the AK there is a control panel with lights and buttons - it just seems wrong.
I hope you all realize that outside of "trainland" (the magical world we all live in) most people have *no clue* what a steam engine is, and in general don't conceptualize different kinds of motive power on trains. I'm not defending them, I'm just saying how it is "in the real world." In fact, I am pretty disturbed by the general level of intelligence amongst most people I know. In a faux science lesson, it took a class of college students about 20 minutes before someone made the light bulb light up, given batteries, wires, and light bulbs. I don't consider myself an electrician, but.. wow!
I think the best thing to do is promo the heck out of steam power. Maybe we can get together a Disney "Steam Power" set of lesson plans for public school educators. Disney gets a promo and steam fans get a 1-up.
I do recall the "genuine" comment at WDW thanks to a certain video...
I also have to say that I do have a soft spot for the Chance CP Huntington because it is the model I grew up on. It's kind of like how Mom's home cooking always tastes good, even if it's not that good, because it's comfort food. But of course I prefer the gourmet live steam, especially on the larger gauges!