A Nighttime Excursion Aboard the Disneyland Railroad

One of the best times to catch a ride aboard the Disneyland Railroad is after dark. The steam from the engine is much easier to see against shadows and a dark night sky and it’s simply magical to…

One of the best times to catch a ride aboard the Disneyland Railroad is after dark. The steam from the engine is much easier to see against shadows and a dark night sky and it’s simply magical to travel around the park that way.

Getting a picture like this is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while but the timing never really seemed to work out. We haven’t spent many evenings at the park lately and when we have, we usually find ourselves too tired to wait. Not all of the engines are positioned like this above the tunnel. Not only do you have to wait for a train to arrive at the station, you have to wait for the right one, which is what I finally did for this picture. Then I stood my ground like a rock against the current as people left Disneyland, wondering what in the world I was doing.

So what do you say? Are you ready for a nighttime excursion aboard the Disneyland Railroad?

The Disneyland Railroad's Ernest Marsh steam engine in front of the Main Street Depot as just before Disneyland closes for the night

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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4 Comments

  1. Ever ridden the last train at night, the one that leaves Main Street right a close? That is my favorite.

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    1. @anna_timm:disqus, I haven’t. It’s on my list!

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  2. What do I say? Yes! Let’s go!

    I also say thank YOU Matthew for waiting for the right shot. Patience and preparedness is the second key to getting a good picture right after sheer dumb luck. Really paid off nicely here.

    I also say, More Please!

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  3. What a great shot! Thanks for all the dedication the three of you put into everything you do to bring us the magic and vision of Disneyland. It’s ALMOST as good as being there. The train is one of my favorite attractions, and sometimes, when we’re just bone tired, we hop on the nearest one and do 2 to 3 complete circles. Perfect way to revive.
    I’ve been offline for some time due to a very old computer, but am back now with a new one and sooooo happy to to return to TDD every day. Will be using my actual first name now , Carol instead of my middle nick name,Terrie. Great to be back!

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