DRIVING THE TRAIN at Knott's Berry Farm! Behind the scenes on The Ghost Town & Calico Railway
ladies and gentlemen boys and girls we are back at
Farmthere's just something about this place that I cannot get enough of and I think after all these years I know exactly what it is it's the history the American dream success story the idea that one determined
farmer and his family owned their small
Farmby the side of the road and to all of them think about it it's absolutely mind-blowing from a small
farmto a successful restaurant and then building your own full-fledged old Western
townboth to entertain and educate guests about the old times the way it used to be one of the things that's very different about
Farmis that it took a long time to build this place after all they started
farming here in the 1920s they didn't start serving those delicious chicken dinners until the 1930 and then it wasn't until the 1940s year after year the
townstarted coming together and it was all done building by building by building Walter
Knottwas very passionate about the Old West and he was a stickler for accuracy not only did they move some entire and historic buildings out here to the
farmbut even when they built their own buildings out here they took trip after trip into the Old West gathering of building materials from real old building and incorporated thousands of Old West artifacts into the
farmto make it even more realistic by the end of the 1940s for the time this had become possibly the...
world's most accurate replica of an Old West
townthey had everything the rooming house the sheriff's office the barber shop the laundromat a print shop a saloon an old gold mine the old fashioned hotel a working
townpump and a working and fully functional blacksmith's shop a working livery stable at school even their own graveyard talk about authenticity whoo there were also all kinds of Western characters roaming the streets out here including a couple of old prospectors in their mules and around the outskirts of the
farmeven the old stagecoach ride yes sir by 1950 they had pretty much everything any old western
townwould have but even after ten years of construction he wasn't ready to slow down he wanted to keep expanding and just like the real
towns in the old Walter not near that every serious western
towneventually had to get one thing the one and only thing that his
townwas missing a full-size fully operational railroad this was it this is what
townwas missing a fully armed and operational railroad but how the heck do you get your hands on a railroad and bring it to your
Farmwell it turns out that Walter
Knottwas building his
townat just the right time call it fate call it destiny but just as Walter Hobbs
townwas becoming more successful finally bringing in a little cash it was just around that time that the old steam locomotives were all being replaced by diesel and passenger traffic on the old railroads have...
been slowly but steadily being replaced by automobile traffic so in 1951 when Walter
Knottheard that the Denver and Rio Grande railroad was starting to sell off some of their old stock cheek to alter not loaded up his family for a trip to Colorado and bought his first steam locomotive after having the locomotives shipped out here for the phenomenal cost of $25,000 the
Knottfamily started laying track all around the
farmand on January 12 1952 the
calicorailroad was born remember this is 1952 this is years before Disneyland opened having your own themed
townand your own steam locomotive on your very own operational railroad this was groundbreaking stuff and for more than 65 years this incredible railroad has been chugging around the
farmbringing us all even closer to the Old West look behind me that is the original locomotive that Walter
Knottpurchased the old Rio Grande southern number 41 an actual working locomotive that was a little bit remodeled when it came to
Farmwhere it was repainted and renamed the Red Cliff had some Hollywood touches put in back then like the diamond stack on top and the old colorful cow catcher in the front from the movie but it was a real working narrow-gauge steam locomotive pulling guests around the
farmand it was an instant smash hit not just with guests but also with Walter not himself who quickly went back to purchase even more rolling stock for his railroad and another locomotive renamed the gold...
now people have been able to enjoy a round trip on the
townand palico railroad around the wonderful sight sound and smell of not very far this is a massively important piece of theme park history not just for
Farmbut also because Walter not s
traininspired another Walter to build a local steam railroad oh that's right I'm talking about Walt Disney who just three short years later would open up his own narrow gauge railroad just a couple of miles away in Anaheim nowadays every theme park has got to have its
trainbut there was nothing remotely close to this down here in Orange County before Walter
Knottdecided to his
townwhich was already epic to visit was going to get the ultimate Old West upgrade in the form of the
townand Halleck Oh
railwayno I gotta tell you guys I love
Farmhistory and I love looking at old steam locomotives but I am by no means a
trained expert I fully admit that I don't know very much about the way steam locomotives operator for all the crazy history behind the various
railways in the United States but I was telling the engineers here how I would love to learn more about the steam locomotives at
Farmwhen something really cool happened instead of just asking me to climb aboard for a ride on the
trainthe engineers went to their higher up and got us very special permission to come back to
Farmtomorrow when it's not full of gas before the park...
is open when nobody else is around to learn a little bit more about this historic steam railroad how it works and how they keep it running and maybe just maybe if we're good sit up front in the locomotive and drive the
Trainit's greasy and steaming but this could be the coolest thing we've ever done there's just one very big catch we've got to come back here at 5:00 but this is way too cool of an opportunity to mess up so I've got to try to go to sleep now I'll see you guys in the morning oh man now that is something I do not see every day look at this oh this isn't 5:30 in the morning this is 5:30 at night yeah Wow
Farmat five and the morning hobo there's not many things I would get up this early for but we got a
trainto catch oh dude this is so weird no one's here except for my amigo fake Tyler we're through the employee entrance I can't show you guys this part see in a second all right we've come through the super secret entrance through an empty
Farmand back to the Roundhouse where the
calicorailroad crew are getting ready to light the boiler of the Walter Kerr this is my buddy Travis right here an engineer on the railroad and we're getting ready for what light up the boy off I cannot wait pretended his rug to stay right here there we go look at that they don't start with actual fire cool I don't know why I backed up like that I was scared well there it...
is look at this they're about to light up the boiler oh and so it begins fire okay so now how long does that take to heat up and make steam soap coming out of normal morning it'll take about four or five hours if the boiler is totally cold it'll take more like eight or ten if we're being nice to it last night you guys had someone here all night right keeping it warm toasty all right they're looking at the pressure gauges waiting for there to be enough steam pressure to run this bad boy or is it a bad girl bad girl bad girl Walter kay is a lady Walter Wow look at this the sun's not even up and they're here heating up 2,500 gallons of water all right Travis tell us about this engine when was this built so this is number 41 she's built in 1881 by the bulb and locomotive works in Philadelphia she's a three-foot narrow gauge locomotive built to run through the Rockies haul heavy Freight I mean she runs on three foot tracks and do those tight turn corners and steep grades and get the all frayed up there so that means she can't run on normal railroad tracks that like commuters take right she runs on three foot narrow gauge it's the same gauge that Disneyland railroad runs on the only difference is when Walt Disney built his railroad he wanted it to be in scale with his
townand Main Street which is smaller than normal so he built his road at 5/8 scale number one and number two they're running the same rails with that because...
they're five-eighths scale they're much smaller than this one fully loaded this
trainweighs as much as all five the wall yeah this thing is a beast
Farmis not playing around this isn't a Lionel
Trainset this thing is running on fire this is amazing look at these guys lovingly roughing down the engine taking care of it keeping it clean keeping it operating and
Farmthe guys who drive the
trainare the same guys who are working on the
trains keeping them running I remember this thing was built in 1881 so it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it going this thing used to burn coal is that right Travis what's it burning now burning oil it's burning base number two these oil diesel fuel but it's still heating up water and making steam to run on right now they're switching it to diesel right now right right so what fred is doing is turning on some of our steam appliances atomizer the blower eventually Incan people and then once he's ready we'll watch that's fancy talk for a big fire game bigger sure that fire this takes kind of a long time but right now all that water is being heated up in the boiler it's turning into steam going up into the steam dome eventually they'll be steamed down there and those Pistons moving these crazy wheels well what are these Travis what is that well there's steam driven air compressor so they pressurize air so we can use it our air brakes and stop the
cool look at this things are starting to happen out here I see steam I see steam here goes here's Travis here starting up the air compressors that run the brakes hope I'm getting that right Travis has to be very technical over here you know because railroad enthusiasts are very technical people like I already said yesterday I don't know that much about
trains so I'm sorry I apologize if I done this down a little oh that's where that sound comes from dude look at that that it's not a toy that is some serious machinery over there it's at this time I should probably warn you there's gonna be a lot of hissing steam noises today there's not much that I can do about it with my limited technology so I apologize in advance for the noise but come on this is a real live steam engine here these things are dangerous you got fire in there burning fuel highly pressurized steam giant moving part if you guys are brave dude you like to think so just like some scary dangerous work of it whoo there's a lot more light in the sky man Travis is issuing us some safety equipment we've got some gloves here uh they've been working on this for hours now it's a lot of work to get these things going but I think we're almost ready to climb aboard and go fuel this bad boy all right here we go this is weird we are on board a bullet and operation of the
trains about to leave the station just one thing I want to mention right now is that everything in...
here is boiling hot oh my the heat is so intense apparently if we touch the wrong spots on this
trainwe can melt our skin off so I'm gonna try to be careful all right we're inside the cab oh my God look at this we're backing up the
berrywhere the heck are we as you can see these
trains were not built for a lot of people to stand up there stow away back here out the back door and one huge gigantic boiler there's so many gauges and hissing and hot things oh yeah they just backed up quickly over here to make sure they've topped this thing off with fuel all right so they're fueling it we've just got a backup so they can do their blow down basically they're hooking the boiler up to a pump and they're gonna blow out anything it collects in the bottom of the boiler all the nasty stuff and remember these guys were working for hours before we got here it takes a lot of work to operate a steam locomotive a fireman Brett right there it's about to blow out all the excess stuff out of that boiler most of its going into an underground tank so they don't shoot it out into traffic out there it's the streets just on the other side of the engine huh and he climbed up that's gnarly look at that that is crazy wild man Wow whoa pump it all over the place the Walter Kay is a puffin mania okay they've blown out all the gum now we're gonna take a little ride on the back of the tender this is where they keep all the water...
and the fuel all right here we go backing up making our way out to
townthis might be the coolest thing we've ever done together as friends yes look at this here we are we have no business being here it's crazy whistling at all the crossings doing all the due diligence this is pretty because it's really a lost art think about it people were doing this a hundred years ago Wow look at this we're about to go over the trestle bridge behind Boot Hill and
Farmthis is a very rare very unusual view of the little gulch back here let's just say this is a different view of bell sound than I've ever had before I love the smell of the Western graveyard in the morning huh here we go all the way into
calicosquare for all your right they've opened up the gates here this is the part where they're gonna back up the
trainand couple it up to the cars up here it comes gently gently doing all that hand signals back here they got to do this very very ginger oh man oh man look at that going in they'll stick me you seen you on you took up the chain to shake the chain if it were to ever uncouple the
trainwhen you know you wouldn't lose your
trainyeah oh that's for the brakes yeah it's just so the whole
traingets break make sure it's nice and snug I'm gonna hit your audio so that the
trainhas lights in the night son another hairline right here and then you want to feed the whole
trainwith their so you're gonna...
want to open this and now the whole
trainhas brakes that takes a lot more work than my Christmas tree at home you know you just put other things together you get invested that technology it easier for us yeah that is so much more work than you'd ever think that it would be and before we even got here they had to inspect every nut and bolt of every coach back here this work is intense man not only is a hot and sweaty and dangerous you guys have a long checklist of stuff to do man grazie oh yeah the rest of the park may still be asleep but the
railwayis almost ready to roll another thing that sets
Trainapart from any others is the fact that the coaches are actually historic rolling stock as well not only did the
Knottfamily get a bargain on the locomotives but they also managed to grab these coaches here all of which actually ran on the old timey steam railroads all right now it's time to put a little more water onboard the
Trainlook at that that is gnarly so this thing runs like water unfortunately no more kick lutonium yeah look at that this is great when you drop it in there turpentine blood of this thing Travis just told me this holds 2,500 gallons of water this stuff we are on top of the tinder I feel like I'm in an old western movie I'm gonna run down the
trainroad we're gonna change the bandage down along the roof and the coaches this is gonna be sleep hey just to clarify I'm not allowed to run...
down the back of the
training target well we got to save something for the bucket list I guess all right after we're done adding a little more water to this bad boy we're gonna go around the pot I wanna teach you how to throw I'm pretty sure that means dry we gotta hop up inside of this bad boy okay all right so this is our break stand what it is right now its release its run release you want to apply the brake you put up that spot back off just a little bit to that notch if you ever need to stop for any reason really fast just throw it all the way this way so we call big hole that's our emergency stop this is the Johnson bar especially like your gear shifter on the locomotive you got forward throw it all the way back to rich in the middlee College Center is not neutral because locked up Center what you guys can't see in between these clips if Travis is actually teaching me how to operate this locomotive all the way forward the more power it bring good change and there's Brett over there the fireman he's making sure the steam pressure stays at 150 or anything sure that we don't explode up here when we take off out of the depot actually going uphill they get the Johnson bar all the way forward so we have as much pulling power as possible let's get up to the trestle here it's gonna level up and start notching it back kind of like shipping up on your car okay Tyler just remember don't throw mama from the
Trainokay a little while...
they're gonna let me drive this hopefully they're not making a massive mistake there's just definitely not kitty stuff we've come to a stop there's no backing out now they actually expect me to drive this I'm not allowed to hold the camera and operate the
Trainat the same time you know safety reasons and all of that we are mounting up a GoPro in there I don't know what this will sound like but it should look awesome good boy it drives itself ready my cake yeah really we're here I think agree like in it I drove a
trainholy cow dude holy moly I did it I did it that's it dude that's the high point nothing else will ever match that thrill I feel like that partially deaf now the whistles are loud but dude that was totally worth it that was awesome now they're taking my
trainaway I'll never be as powerful as I just was but they're taking the big steam engine away cuz Travis has something else for us to play with the funkiest
trainin the fleet the galloping goose look at this thing isn't this the funniest thing you've ever seen check this bad boy out at the front of this thing looks a little bit like a bus to you that's because part of it was actually built with an old bus cow it wasn't economically feasible to be
drivingthese things up and down the Rockies during the Great Depression they came up with something with basically a truck engine inside two ferrymen and material around the mountain so they...
wouldn't have to pull the full-size locomotive these came from the same
railwayas the steam locomotives they have at
Farmthere were only ever seven galloping g-seven in the whole flock and
Farmhas got the only one that never left Colorado so let's climb aboard the bus that all Travis take us for a spin that still got to follow all the same rules as operating in normal far from a normal outcome huh 50 was go day in December of nineteen thirty one sees the number three news so they have first to Easter they were shorter this is the first three check the first one to get the name galloping goose for the lay it waddles down the track and then squawk of its heart built for positives are built during the Depression when it became too expensive drunk small about a grape from the Rio Grande one of their main moneymakers was a contract with the US both they just made these vehicles that were capable of hauling a lot of mail and a couple passengers that was way cheaper than the speed look neither us poor passengers got to take the cheap locomotive so weird being in here before any all right coming up on the trestle bridge here man we made it over the bridge hey check this out look inside the sheriff station Wow there's a dude in there this is a very different I mean the last
drivingwith a hundred and fifty tons 14,000 pounds seven tuck seven versus 150 I can do the math on that percentage-wise not sure what if you so...
weird this thing is a stick ship it's got an automobile motor in it look at that there's a clutch pedal down there just like
drivinga bus or a while Travis was just telling us how one year the snowplow broke down the tracks were covered with snow so the mail was delivered by truck basically the Postal Service figures wait a minute why do we have a contract with the railroad and that was the end of the galloping goose more or less and this more or less is the end of our galloping goose arrive did how awesome is that originally this thing was just brought here for decoration more or less and they didn't start using it for guests of the park until the seventies every once in a while now I'll come to
Farmon a slow day and when I see the galloping goose come around the corner I get freakin stoked all right that's gonna be a t-shirt right there the GU she's on the news right we've checked out the
trains now it's time for us to check out some other stuff forget they don't just have locomotives and galloping geese here they've also got plenty of rolling stock and two cars in particular are very special this is something most people never get to do but we're about to climb aboard the Durango luckily our engineer friend here has got the keys oh wow look at the luxury coach Durango was built in 1880 she was built as a standard coach and then converted for this parlor fancy coach over here a bit later on so you can entertain...
your guests Oh private car on the
trainI like this Wow look at how fancy this is on the inside 1920s fancy mixed with eighteen hundred's carriage fancy this is 1880 was built alongside the Chama which has been converted to that combine car that you see running in the
Trainexcept this one was kept as a luxurious luxurious Park dude look at this there's actually restrooms on board this
traincar and a freaking kitchen what you're cooking for us Travis ice cream another ice cream ice cream freezer running hot cold water yeah this is awesome I used to have dinner
trains you were saying and then they cook here on your finger no one check this out there's even a peephole window from the kitchen you can spy on your fate Tyler's they did what you've been doing just kidding I know exactly what you were doing here a peeping tom peeping is okay here just no spinning on the
railwayright now you travel between coaches and head over to the Edna but not before we get a sick view that lady looks like she's up to no good what was she doing standing out there well anyway it's into the Edna walk this the Edna looks mighty my teeth fine this this is incredible this is epic it's like a real old-timey
traincar look at this a bat in here a toilet pocket old timey sink wow this this is blowing my mind I had no idea there was anything like this here check it out it just keeps on going look at this old water tank and look at this old kitchen huh now that is not...
a 1940's kitchen cupboard in the kitchen with diners coming on the old banjo look at this old stove in here you got all your old appliances it's a good reason why this looks like a real
traincar because that is a real old
traincar this was the president of the Rio Grande Southern's railcar you purchased in 1890 although is built in 1884 the Denver and Rio Grande was his private car so whenever he wanted to go do his business he'd go off and show his guests a good time yeah your kitchen in here we have this pulldown bed set so if I'm the chef on the president's private railroad car like poking you like that I can just take a nap right here while I'm cooking the roast duck I don't know what people hate packet pancakes Oh pancakes of course roast pancakes I have one question is that the original toilet in there no no are you sure not the 1880s this was rebuilt in the 20s oh but I was so excited to think that the oh it's black oh the one thing you don't have the key do it this I was so excited to see the presidential Thrones the president's master bedroom air get a lovely luxurious twin size yeah this is what 1880 luxury looks like Tyler look it's a little claustrophobic backup please wait Travis is this another pulldown bed you have a little meeting down here do your business and then go home wow you're the president you want to shut out those peasants over here so you can have your suite to yourself just shut off this store...
and then you can pull out beds here heads up here oh no way dude look at that may I lay down upon this Travis oh yeah so this is where Snoopy sleeps at night ah so this was the Will Smith style RV of its day dude that's crazy this is a pretty fancy chair worthy of a president but I'm pretty sure this wasn't the president's chair it was probably this chair the one that's just for looking not for sittin dude that was so cool we're just gonna private tour of some of the most exclusive stock and
Farmand look at all these people who were looking at us when we were doing it now I feel a little guilty time to go hide out at the Roundhouse I we are gonna cruise past the guest
trainbecause the park is now open and people are all over this place which means we have the perfect opportunity to come back and check out the Roundhouse wait a second you lied to me Travis oh well it may not be round but it is awesome look I saw that locomotive wow I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be loco for locomotives after this for the rest of my life so tell me what this is Travis this is that Rio Grande Western number 3:40 both 1881 is the sister locomotive number 41 and she think we're getting some maintenance so this is the
trainthat used to be called the gold nugget and now it's the Green River there you guys do all your own maintenance in here right here I send out this stuff to get rebuild you physically have to help rebuild the
Trainknow which other theme parts don't get to do right so this is where you get your hands dirty with you engineer real
trainwork right now look at that there she is on the wall right there all decked out is gold nut man here she is today I talked about how they used to have different paint schemes back in the day but haven't told you why they repainted them all the historic colors why was that why did you do that you like accuracy they've set all the old
trains back to a much more historically accurate type of painting style they took off he can accurate Hollywood movie diamond stacks must have made the rail fans very happy there's a lot of China nerds in here they're like do you know wanna come in and get some real
trainhistory yeah look at this they got this all rigged up in here they're actually running that engine unnatural gas hop in the wheels doing repairs I heard is this true that there's actually an engineer position open right now like they're trying to hire ya for this department that's crazy you don't come here and not just learn how to drive it like me fixing like a pro you can fix it the guys who work for the
Farmroundhouse are very very passionate about their job and as you can see they're also very passionate about the history of this railroad as well we've got all kinds of artifacts of their
traincars and the locomotives actually running out here look at that's the one I draw all...
kinds of historic pieces of memorabilia out here you guys aren't kidding around you're serious on your
trains look at that the old
calicorailroad down there under the galloping goose and check out that old picture of it along that trestle this is wild you guys this isn't just summer job at the amusement park for these guys this is some serious hardcore passion I mean they're learning basically how to take these things apart and rebuild them how to operate steam locomotives I'm pretty impressed I could barely make my bed wow that is impressive look at this not only are they capable of repairing their locomotives they've also got a workshop out here to repair their rolling stock look at this they're restoring this old 1880s railcar with wood and imagination and brawn not only do we have to run our own equipment and keep that in good working order we also have to repair our track as well yeah this is epic right here next time you ride on
Farms Rail Road I want you to remember this is not just amusement park stuff for sure this is the real and look at this to prove it they've even got the old hand-carved you can get to ride the locomotive buddy but I want you in on this okay oh yes sir it doesn't get any better than
Farmfrom the horse and buggy to the iron horse and even some gallop and geese
Farmhas got it oh now all that's left to do is actually ride on the
passengers look at this here we go here we go I thought the driver's seat but it's a lot less not let me tell you hey sir shouldn't you be
drivingit's automatic me that conversion quick huh look at them suckers going a horseback and by carriage don't they know the iron horse is superior there we gonna be running the destination will be two days to Tucumcari it look man we got stuck in a seat together there was no other seats no we're going I'm getting off the stop will you convinced I waved goodbye to all the people out there in
calicosquare wait a missus lady out there I think I'm good oh you're probably right it's probably fine I knew it I knew if I told you I saw suspicious lady that was hurt oh well she doesn't have a gun okay okay oh they didn't want the money they probably knew it was fake oh well the Shadowlands means is going up oh wait a minute talk about scary part in this video this is the
trainvideo look at this we're passing the old roundhouse and now every time you guys pass it on the old railroad you'll know what and they'll know the goose can gallop pulling back in the old Depot Tyler or our
traindays nope because there's one thing on the old
trainthat we still haven't done as much as I loved riding in a typical
traincar there is truly nothing quite like a great caboose and Travis is gonna let us climb aboard I just realized not once the entire day have you said all aboard yeah look at...
this this is the nicest caboose I've seen all day oh holy cow look at this this is like our lucky day Travis don't tell anyone about this okay get out of here to split this all right look at this we get to ride up top I can climb up top without breaking my neck or the hit start caboose with the braking and deploy boom I'm in it Marge look man this takes practice oh sure dude look at this this is the conductor's office in the railroad for a freight
trainso because he got no passengers to take care of it just sit back here do his paperwork keep track of everything on the
trainso that's when our caboose is our fault our paperwork look at this this is amazing dude this is party central got a sink and a bathroom and a stove and a little desk to do your riding and a fake Tyler and this guy this help there's a window up here and no screen up I think we started to move again Tyler move it move it this is so weird look how different it is with people here at all the rides have come to lies this is the best seat in the house there's a window here for ventilation or if you have to use the bathroom and an emergency and check this out look at what we get to do yeah the kid told me I was cool out there whoa who's
drivingthis thing dude look at this window up here this is the best seat in the house if I ever go anywhere by historic steam railroad I want a seat in the caboose how you guys doing in here fantastic you like you don't we're comfortable...
get better than the better than the engine right really cool this is radical I want to stick my head out but you gotta keep your hands arms and legs and heads inside the
Trainoh they might have figured out what we were doing guys look at that we're being followed done bury
farmer I think this is officially the coolest day I've ever had I'm riding up in this caboose it's kind of jerky and bumpy right I think I think I drove the locomotive a little better than whoever and up there right now wait a minute if you're down there and you're up here who's
drivingthis thing dude that is so cool riding in an old caboose just dangling your legs jumping down gracefully I'm not gonna lie to you the best part was looking out the window and waving at all the people who are wondering why does he get the ride in the caboose well there's a very simple answer to that kids I have no idea but I like him all right our ride on the
trainis officially over time for us to hop on down and say goodbye to the old
railwaythis has been one epic and one amazing experience I really gotta think Travis over here as well as all the other engineers firemen mechanics although all the
trainpeople got involved to make this happen as well as some of the other people had
FarmI really want to thank them for letting me put all of their lives in danger over here especially Brad up there with my partner
drivinga locomotive you guys do an...
incredible job they're always working like continuously working I could never pull off what they do and not only did they show us a very good and very safe time today but they have kept this historic railroad going but somewhere up there I think Walter Kay you know the real one Walter not knows it and he's probably pretty stoked all right goodbye number 41 I don't know the next time I'll be allowed to touch it but from now on I'll always have a special place in my heart for the only gigantic massive fully armed and operational steam locomotive I've ever driven had the memento of that one time I was a