This barn was originally built by Walt in the 1950’s for the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a 1/8th scale railroad he built for his Hombly Hills home, inspired by his love of trains which developed during his time spent in Kansas City.
He used the barn as a workshop where he would build, control, and monitor his miniature railway. He referred to the barn as his happy place as it was meant as a replica of the one from his family’s farm in Marceline, MO.
In 1999, Walt’s family moved the Hombly Hills barn to its current location at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum. The museum is run by the Carolwood Foundation, of which Michael Broggie (Roger Broggie‘s son) was a founding member.
The barn now houses a number of Walt’s personal items which are on display every third Sunday of the month, weather permitting.
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