Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hello, Viewliner!

This September 1958 image shows the attraction that has the dubious distinction of being the shortest-lived in early Disneyland history: The Viewliner. I love the retro design of its engine and cars, even if its size does make it appear toy-like. By zooming in, we can see all kinds of other interesting details from this one photo.

Here, you can easily see what a tight fit this smaller-scale train means for guests cramped into the back of the train:

At the Tomorrowland Depot, you can see a banner advertising the new Grand Canyon Diorama:

For the many inquiring minds out there, here is a photo of my Fruit Cocktail Egg Nog Pie; no Christmas dinner is complete without this retro classic! Note: I substituted a graham cracker crust for the regular pie crust.

To see a vintage ad & recipe, head on over to Tim’s Vintage Disneyland Ticket Blog.

See more Disneyland Viewliner photos at my main website.


Connie Moreno said...

Wait! It's a REAL pie??? I thought you were kidding!

Connie Moreno said...

I was so blown away by the pie that I forgot to say that I love that first photo. WOW!

Daveland said...

C'mon down, Connie - I have 2 pieces left!

Major Pepperidge said...

That is some kinda beautiful shot of the Viewliner - I can't get enough of that little train.

Katella Gate said...

I've often wondered if Walt was ever just a little pissed after putting in the ViewLiner, he has to pull it out for the Monorail... I think there's a story in there somewhere.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Dave, your pie looks great, I'll take one of those leftover slices :-)

Great "salmon" Viewliner shot. I think Katella is on to something. It does look it was built to last more than 18 months and it seemed to have had decent ridership. I'm surprised the little liner wasn't moved somewhere else in the park or sold to some other venue?

JG said...

Sad story about the Viewliner. I bet theres more to it than we will learn.

I was dubious about the recipe, but the pictures are changing my mind.


The Viewliner Limited said...

Absolutely an awesome post Dave. My namesake looks pretty impressive. Happy New Year to you and all the best, Richard.