Sunday, May 06, 2012

TPE: Riding on the Viewliner

It may not be as sleek (or long lasting) as its replacement, The Monorail, but I would still love to venture back in time and squeeze into the Viewliner for a ride between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. I remember seeing my first image of the Viewliner; I had no idea what this miniature was, or what it was doing on the railroad tracks next to the E.P. Ripley.

Apparently, it was inspired by this train, the Aerotrain:

Seeing Walt with a young guest, you get an idea of the scale of this thing:

And a front side-by-side view with the C.K. Holliday; this really looks odd to see the "future" right next to the past:

The Skyway gave guests a great view of the Viewliner:

From one great photo, I get many fantastic zoom-ins!

The Tomorrowland Viewliner Station:

Station Signage:

The Space Bar:

And last (but definitely not least), the original round Skyway buckets:

Enough digressions, let's get back to the Viewliner, in all its bright salmon-colored glory:

And let's not short-shrift the blue Viewliner, shown here at the Fantasyland station:

At the Tomorrowland station:

Last one for today shows plenty of energy: The Skyway, The Autopia, and The Viewliner. Note that the Matterhorn is still part of the future when this March 1959 photo was shot:

See more vintage Disneyland Viewliner photos on my Viewliner web page.


Thufer said...

Interesting: Tickets for the Fantasyland Viewliner 'MUST' be purchased at the Tomorrowland Ticket Booth.

K. Martinez said...

I wonder if the Viewliner was a one way trip from station to station or if both trains ran simultaneously so you could do a round trip returning to the original station you departed from. Anyone know?

Major Pepperidge said...

Love that Viewliner!

K. Martinez said...

After a closer look at the photos, it looks like both trains stop at both stations.

The Viewliner Limited said...

The greatest train ever built !!!