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    Does anyone know what the Disney World RailRoad is powered by? I thought they were steam engines, but I read somewhere that they get like 700 feet per gallon of gas? If they use steam, do they burn coal? or wood?

    Thank you for helping me answer this!

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    The engines were definitely originally designed to burn wood or coal. Today they are powered by cleaner burning diesel fuel. Don't know the mileage though!
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    just to clarify a bit... the heat (power) is generated by burning of diesel fuel.. but that in turn powers the steam engine. -- So they are technically Diesel powered steam engines.
    It was probably already clear, oh well

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    And while the WDWRR trains are Diesel-powered steam engines, at Animal Kingdom, you find direct-driven diesel power (no steam)..

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    Actually rather than diesel I was thinking it was #2 fuel oil used to het the boilers of the steam engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbrian-nc.com
    Actually rather than diesel I was thinking it was #2 fuel oil used to het the boilers of the steam engines.
    You are correct I toook the Magic behind our Steam Trains tour and the trains do indeed burn fuel oil NOT diesel.... and the AK train is indeed a direct diesel engine.
    I hope that clears thing up.

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    #2 Low Sulfer Diesel is used at the MK on the trains.

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