Mystery train relief at Disney Springs

At Disney Springs you’ll find numerous shops new to the area, including a sandal shop called Sanuk. Just outside this shop is a brick facade, and if you look up near the roofline, you’ll see a carving (a relief). The train depicted is a mystery–it’s given enough detail that it appears to be drawn from life, yet I can’t figure out why this particular train should be important.

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On the right, the relief. On the left, a google search result for “Engine 484″. It seems like a match to me, but I can’t dig up more info than it belonging to the Illinois Central Railroad.

My first thought – that this was the train Walt served on – appears to be wrong (my friend Steve pointed out that Walt only served on Missouri-Kansas-Texas, Missouri Pacific and Kansas City Southern).

Any ideas to solve this mystery are welcome!

3 thoughts on “Mystery train relief at Disney Springs

  1. Not sure this helps – but from Wikipedia ‘Engine 484′ is more accurately identified as ‘DRGW K-36 484′ Their words: “The Denver and Rio Grande Western K-36 class are ten 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge, Mikado type, 2-8-2 steam locomotives built for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW) by Baldwin Locomotive Works. They were shipped to the Rio Grande in 1925, and were first used along the Monarch Branch and Marshall Pass, but were later sent to the Third Division out of Alamosa. Of the original ten, four are owned by the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNG) and five (including 484) by the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS).”

    It looks like this engine would have spent most of its time between Alamosa and Chama, New Mexico. It was heavily used during the pipe boom in Farmington, and hauled long freight trains between Alamosa and Farmington.

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