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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.

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 fictitious, "Eastern Star Railway" which serves backdrop for the attraction is mentioned in the Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad on a board.
  • 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 locomotives wear the water buffalo skull above the smokebox.
  • 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.
  • Imagineer George McGinnis came out of retirement to design the locomotives for the attraction.
  • While the engines are class F1s they were based on the L&YR Class 5 and Class 6 locomotives.

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The Oasis
The Oasis Exhibits
Discovery Island
Tree of LifeIt's Tough to Be a Bug! • Discovery Island Trails
Africa
Kilimanjaro SafarisPangani Forest Exploration TrailsWild Africa TrekA Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Wildlife Express TrainThe Animation Experience at Conservation StationHabitat Habit!Affection Section
Asia
Feathered Friends in Flight • Expedition EverestKali River RapidsMaharajah Jungle TrekUP! A Great Bird Adventure (Reopening in 2022)
DinoLand U.S.A.
DinosaurThe Boneyard PlaygroundFinding Nemo: The Musical (Reopening in 2022) • Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama (Fossil Fun GamesTriceraTop Spin)
Pandora: The World of Avatar
Avatar: Flight of PassageNa'vi River Journey
Current Entertainment
Disney KiteTails (Opening in October 1, 2021)
Former Attractions and Entertainment
Discovery River BoatsCamp Minnie-Mickey (Pocahontas and her Forest Friends) • Dinosaur JubileeJourney into the Jungle BookTarzan Rocks!Primeval WhirlThe Jungle Book: Alive with MagicRivers of Light: We Are OneFlights of Wonder
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