In 1950, Walt Disney built the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in the backyard of his house in Holmby Hills, California. He named the railroad for the street where he lived: Carolwood Drive. The first run took place on May 7, 1950 with 2,615 feet of track. He also had a barn built where he could monitor and remotely control the switches on the track which served as a workshop and a place for Walt and his friends to relax.
When the Holmby Hills home was sold, Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller recognized the importance of the Barn and began the process of saving it before escrow closed. The barn was dismantled and opened in Griffith Park as a loan to the people of Los Angeles. The Barn is open on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm. Parking is free, and admission is free.
Taken thanks to the help of a little Disney Magic on September 17, 2018.