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Disneyland Resort donates California Zephyr to railroad museum

September 1, 2011 | 12:53 pm

The California Zephyr train that was a prominent feature at the entrance to Disney's California Adventure has been donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Disneyland Resort officials said.

The train, an authentic reproduction of the Western Pacific Railroad's California Zephyr that ran between 1949 and 1970, had housed an ice cream shop and bakery near the entry to the Anaheim amusement park. 

It is being removed as the park's entrance is redesigned.

The train, along with photos, maps and other artifacts, will become part of the Portola-based museum's Zephyr Project collection, according to park officials.

"Walt Disney’s love of trains made this donation perfectly fitting," Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis said in a Disneyland Resort email. “The expansion of Disney California Adventure park provided the opportunity for us to make this meaningful donation and we are thrilled that the train will offer museum visitors and train enthusiasts an immersive experience, much like it did here."

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