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  1. Thanks, Thriller. I've got a stack of postcards to add to your stellar thread, I just need to go through all yours so as not to post a dupe card.
  2. There WAS a legend that LaMarcus Thompson haunted that ornate tower, despite having died six years before it was built. The two pics from my books are the OV Rocket and COP Flying Turns shot.
  3. Thanks, everyone. I'm just glad there's still some appreciation for history of this industry!
  4. Yeah, Shane, The Closet has been down for winter retracking/profile tweaking and such, but it's back online. Those are great FT pics. I'd like to dig up more on the Euro Turns in Denmark, Paris and Berlin. There's another thread on here about a FT mag NAAPHA recently produced. I have it and it IS quite excellent with info and pics we haven't seen before. I just wish some of the rarer shots could've been printed a wee bit larger. Still, check it out if you're a FT fan. If any Euro members can research the Turns that operated over there, I'd LOVE to see some images. These were VERY popul
  5. No, the FPH trains were from PTC and far more sophisticated and classy than these hammered aluminum. This ride remains a mystery until someone IDs it.
  6. Welcome back to Scott's Coaster Closet! Though we've been in winter-mode for the past few months, the weather is warming and it's time to fire up the Wayback Machine (aka WABAC) for a glimpse at what our adventurous ancestors did for a good time. To kick off this edition, I scooped up a handful of vintage B&Ws from my collection and tossed them onto the scanner. There are several recognizable woodies here as well as a few mystery rides. Enjoy! -S The San Diego Giant Dipper using the proper trains. I can only imagine how much better this classic would be if these were
  7. Shane, sorry to hear of your recent computer woes. That's an awful feeling. I have the perfect solution for you: Apple MacBook Pro. I've been swamped lately, but I'll try to drag some material out of The Closet to pick up the slack while you await the resurrection of your PeeCee. -Scott
  8. That's probably a very good idea. If they don't get that ride approved and/or add new rides to attract people with $$, I fear this unique park is history. A bit of trivia here: before the addition of the Red Devil/Cliff Hanger, which was supposed to be an Arrow coaster but the price was to steep for the former owner, GT was home to the short-lived Silver Bullet coaster. Sponsored by Coors Light, the Silver Bullet was a monorail/Alpine slide gravity ride that followed much the same path as the later Red Devil. In fact, much of the pipe track/support structure/footers can still be found on t
  9. That's probably a very good idea. If they don't get that ride approved and/or add new rides to attract people with $$, I fear this unique park is history. A bit of trivia here: before the addition of the Red Devil/Cliff Hanger, which was supposed to be an Arrow coaster but the price was to steep for the former owner, GT was home to the short-lived Silver Bullet coaster. Sponsored by Coors Light, the Silver Bullet was a monorail/Alpine slide gravity ride that followed much the same path as the later Red Devil. In fact, much of the pipe track/support structure/footers can still be found on t
  10. I just received this info from the park's marketing director: b:roll: * * * As a direct result of the national credit crisis and economic decline, North Carolina's Ghost Town in the Sky announced today that, in order to address the financial and operational challenges associated re-opening and running a theme park that sat dormant five years prior to the company purchasing Ghost Town in August of 2006, they have filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Federal Code on March 10, 2009. Ghost Town has not been able to secure the capital financing nee
  11. Great Kennywood brochure. I feel lucky to have ridden those big 4-bench cars on the Racer. Those things were soooooo heavy, and with no lap bar or seat divider, you could ride alone and slide all over the place. And the Dipper. What a bad decision the park made in removing this special custom design. It was a real gem. I miss it.
  12. Wow, Restoca, what a nice card! That's one I've never seen. I wish the ride had been redesigned in Maryland to run as it did when this before The Big Fire. Still, I agree; it's underrated despite the questionable alterations it's had to endure at the hands of SF. I was based at BWI when the Giant first moved south and I spend many, many summer afternoons in a near-vacant Wild World as the only rider for countless circuits. Although the rebuilt helix was always somewhat jarring, the Giant was still a very good coaster back then. I miss that ride.
  13. I have that same brochure and it's also one of my favs. Those Riverview trains look sweet though I prefer the big 'Vs' to those auto fronts. Oh, were you serious about that ride being Revolution? It looks like the Rev because it IS! Carowinds' train was orange and it never had tracers on the loop structure. If you look at the base of the pilot car, you can see where they blacked out 'Magic Mountain.' If you were joking, then, well ... nevermind.
  14. Scott, what does CNE stand for? It looks like it was a great park. CNE = Canadian National Exhibition. It's counterpart is the PNE – Pacific National Exhibition, which makes its home at Vancouver's Playland Park.
  15. I totally agree. Though I've sworn off most spinning flat rides, I can endure the Zipper for some reason. A Zipper can be great fun if operated properly, but I think the Orbit would be beyond horrific. I'd love to hear from someone who rode it ...
  16. Robb- The Eagle really was a great coaster. I wish someone would relocate this one. I have quite a few still shots of the ride in action. I'll look through The Closet to see what I have video-wise. Looking forward to your defunct coaster production.
  17. This is a great card, but I was wondering if anyone noticed that the actual pic is from the days when the ride was at Paragon ... an early cut-and-paste. BTW, for the history geeks like myself, I believe the graphic artist who created this card blacked out the word "Comet" on the lead car. For years after the fire that destroyed the helix, the Paragon Giant used trains from the Salisbury Beach Comet (aka Wildcat). These trains did not come from the Forest Park Highlands Comet as several web sites claim. (The FPH Comet had three sets of those funky streamlined four-bench cars with the head
  18. Those are definitely not Morgans, so I agree about it now being CGA Grizzly. And the lack of trees rules out KD's. I'm convinced it's either CW Wilde Beast or possibly the defunct Bush Beast at Australia's Wonderland.
  19. This is ride definitely NOT SOB. It does look like a pic used in an old Wonderland brochure. If it IS Wilde Beast, the pic has been flipped since the train is going in the wrong direction on the first turn.
  20. Great post, Shane! I miss the old KD. Hey, did anyone notice on of those Rebel Yell shots (near the bottom) how the blue side had only four-car trains and the red side had the more common five-cars? I wonder what was up with that ... ? Profile-wise, Carowinds' Thunder Road is identical to Rebel Yell except for the current five-car train configuration. I always thought TR could be as good as RY if they'd just add a 5th car to each train. The station is already long enough because TR was designed to operate with the the extra-long Riverview Jetstream trains. (Of course, RY tracks b
  21. Just got the confirmation and thought I'd share: http://www.amusementtoday.com/
  22. Great Colossus cards, guys! I regret never riding those original IAD trains. The lap bars look a LOT like what Schwarzkopf used on his loopers. And of course, there was that wicked speed bump after the second drop ...
  23. I've been hoping we'd get approval to release this info. This is the perfect ride for Quassy's demographic. Now if they can just get the 'council of elders' to approve it ...
  24. Golden Nugget – Substantial Portions Saved For Reuse Trains and Tracks go to Undisclosed Person Wildwood, NJ, December 18, 2008 – The Morey Organization announced today that substantial portions of the historic Golden Nugget mine ride would be saved for reuse prior to the removal of the exterior structure from the former Hunt’s Pier. An individual, who has asked not to be identified as of yet, will take ownership of the tracks and trains and remove them for reuse prior to the public pre-demolition ceremony slated for Saturday, January 31, at noon (more details to follow). Jack Morey
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