What is it about Disney and his cronies and trains? Walt had a miniature train ride in his backyard that was reportedly the inspiration for Disneyland. Ward Kimball, when I visited him, always showed me his incredible TOY train collection and his LIFESIZE backyard train and track and station collection. Ward even did a self portrait of himself as a train engineer for the intro that he wrote to my book Weird But True Toon Factoids. I’ve just discovered another Disney train man, Carl Fallberg. Fallberg worked on Snow White, Fantasia and Bambi. And Carl wrote the GR8 Mickey Mouse serials in the backs of the comic book Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories that were illustrated by Paul Murry. A number of those stories prominently featured trains as I recall. Yes, Fallberg was also a train nut and even created his own fictional train line in these delightful cartoons for Railroad Magazine. The cartoons were collected in a 1960 book Fiddletown and Copperopolis. I’ve posted some for your enjoyment. Let me know if you want to see more. All aboard!
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— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)