Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ward Kimball On The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder

I don't know how many of you have seen these videos, but they are definitely worth another look. These videos feature a full hour of the Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder visiting Ward at his home in San Gabriel in the 1970's. (Not sure of the exact year)

This show includes Ward's private three acre backyard railroad known as "The Grizzly Flats Railroad", his toy train collection, lots of memorabilia and some great Disney stories and much more. So if you have not seen these videos before, sit back, take a load off and enjoy one of the finest hours in television history.

Ward Kimball - Part One

Ward Kimball - Part Two

Ward Kimball - Part Three

Ward Kimball - Part Four

Ward Kimball - Part Five

Ward Kimball - Part Six

Ward Kimball - Part Seven

According to Wikipedia: In the 1990's, Ward donated the "Emma Nevada" to the Orange Empire Railroad Museum and Coach #5, as well a sum of money to build a new shed at the museum for the train. The "Chloe", sightseeing cars, caboose, boxcar and cattle car remained at the railroad to continue the weekend steam-ups. Ward died in 2002, but his sons continued to operate the little locomotive until 2006. The "Chloe" and the rest of the rolling stock was moved to the museum to join the "Emma Nevada" and Coach #5. The Kimball family donated the rest of the equipment to the museum because the railroad was decaying and none of the family could take care of it.

Here are some pictures of Ward's home (as close as I could get) that I took in November of last year. Definitely not the same place anymore.


Major Pepperidge said...

I wish I could have visited Ward's home!! These videos are great, he is definitely a character.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Thanks for these, super fun to watch. Where did ALL that stuff go when he passed away????

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Tim, I added some info about where the trains went, at the bottom of the post.

Major, I also added 3 pictures to the post of Ward's home (as close as I could get) that I took in November last year.