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Disneyland's Presidential Parlor Car
In 1974 the Retlaw (Walter spelled backwards) 1 was retired and placed in storage within the Disneyland roundhouse. Disneyland Transportation Superintendent Ken Kohler realized the need to have a special train car where VIP guests and associates could be given tours of the park in a private, secure setting.
Retlaw's president, Bill Cottrell agreed with Kohler and within two years the observation car 'Grand Canyon' was carefully transformed into the Disneyland Railroad Presidential Parlor Car.
Lillian Disney was highly influential with the
design of the interior and thus the coach was named for her, the 'Lilly Belle'.
One of the Lilly Belle's first guest was Japanese Emperor Hirohito and his wife, Empress Nagako.
Today the Lilly Belle is pulled by the C.K. Holiday and can be seen trailing the train in place of a caboose.
The above information is courtesy of Michael
Broggie. You can read about Walt's trains in Michael's wonderful book, 'Walt
Disney's Railroad Story'.
The Lilly Belle is decorated with beautiful mahogany and select hardwoods. The seating is upholstered with red mohair and stained glass panels in the upper windows fill the coach with a veritable prism of colors. Antique furnishings, polished brass lamps and fans, and custom made wool carpeting complete the Victorian atmosphere.
Members of Club 33 are allowed to take guests aboard the Lilly Belle but their guests must be accompanied by the actual member. Special tickets to ride the Lilly Belle are occasionally handed out to park guests.