DREAMFINDERS: Michael Campbell Talks Disney Trains & Having One in His Backyard!
A staple of the classic “Disneyland” experience, steam trains can take you anywhere from New Orleans to Toontown and its bell and whistle are a constant presence throughout the park.For many, their fascination with trains and theme parks are intricately linked, thanks in no small part to Walt Disney’s own love of both.
Today’s guest, Michael Campbell is one of those people, but in ways far beyond a normal hobbyist. The foremost scholar on all things Disney trains, Michael has not only curated exhibits on the subject for the Walt Disney Family museum and others, but helped renovate Walt’s very own hobby barn so visitors could tour it.
Michael was kind enough to chat with host Nathan Hartman about the origins of his Disney train passion, how locomotives inspired Walt throughout his life and directly lead to Disneyland, and how he came to have an engine from the Fort Wilderness railroad in his very own backyard.