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The Wildlife Express Train is a transport ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom that takes guests from Africa to Rafiki's Planet Watch and back. On the ride, guests get the chance to see some of Animal Kingdom's backstage facilities, including animal holding buildings for rhinos and elephants, among other animals.

It takes about seven minutes to travel from the Harambe railway station in Africa to Rafiki's Planet Watch and an additional five to return. The full journey is a 1.2-mile round-trip.

The railway is part of the fictional Eastern Star Railway, running from Lusaka to Nairobi and Kisangani.

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Trivia

  • Disney is unusually strict about people standing up while the train is moving. They monitor it closely and will stop the train if they see anyone standing.
  • The builder's plates of the locomotives state that the locomotives were built in 1926 by Beyer Peacock of Gorton Foundry in Manchester.
  • There are three locomotives that operate; their numbers are 02594 (Red), 04982 (Black), and 00174 (Green). The first of them is named R. Baba Harpoor, in honor of Imagineer Bob Harpur.
  • The three locomotives used to run as actual steam, but as of today the railway uses a diesel-hydraulic mechanism.
  • Three of the locomotives that operate on the Wildlife Express are 2-4-2T "tank engines", class F1 they were actually built in 1997 by Severn Lamb of Straford-up-Avon in England before the park's opening the following year.
  • The five passenger cars that the locomotive pulls can seat up to 250 passengers while riding the express contoured benches facing sideways per train.
  • The coaches have red and green bins they can be found. These are meant to represent the luggage that passengers have brought aboard the train. The color of the bins is a good way to tell the trains apart.
  • The red engine with the serial number 02594 has been named the R. Baba Harpoor in honor of Imagineer Bob Harpur.

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