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^ If that's not the most "Six Flags" thing I've heard all day I really don't know what is. Just spring for the cost of shipping. The "museum" with no permanent exhibit space clearly doesn't have any extra money lying around to ship a huge coaster car across the country.

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20 Years ago this morning, the Northridge Earthquake hit. As a result, a bridge on Interstate 5 and in the I-5/CA 14 interchange collapsed. The collapsed bridges were cleared in days, and rebuilt by the end of the year. BUT while they were being built, traffic only had a narrow bypass to use to get through the Newhall Pass between Valencia where SFMM is, and the Greater LA area.



Traffic at North I-5 at the I-405 merge heading towards SFMM. Quake struck in January, bridges were rebuilt and reopened in November 1994.



Damage to a building in the Valencia Industrial Center, less than a mile from SFMM


SCVHistory.com provided the above images and has a great article looking back and providing an enormous amount of great information recapping and describing the earthquake itself and the aftermath. For those of you who don't live where earthquakes exist, this is a great way to learn about what really happens in an earthquake.

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^ If that's not the most "Six Flags" thing I've heard all day I really don't know what is. Just spring for the cost of shipping. The "museum" with no permanent exhibit space clearly doesn't have any extra money lying around to ship a huge coaster car across the country.


I completely disagree. I say good for Tim Burkhart. I don't blame him for being skeptical about it and not wanting to spend thousands of dollars shipping it. Maybe if the museum was actually something more than a warehouse full of stuff and a traveling exhibit...

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^^When I spoke to Tim Burkhart @ WCB of 2011 he said it was being stored underneath X2 because some roller coaster museum wanted it but he told them he wasn't paying to transport it.


I vaguely recall a passionate roller coaster conversationalist soliciting funds on this very site for the honorable cause of preserving roller coaster history so as to provide enjoyment for future generations. This would be right up his alley, although I'm not sure if he counts S:TE as a credit or not.

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No news from me on X2 since I don't like it or ride it. It did shorten the other lines for me - thanks.


Today was a great operations day at the park in my opinion. First of all it wasn't very crowded. I arrived at 2pm after flying across country to get there. All the rides had 2 train operation (YOLO, Goliath, Scream, "Pocky",Ninja, Colossus, Riddler, Goldrusher), and for the most part were well staffed. Superman was even running both sides today! I got quite a bit of tower interaction on Lex several times.


Some footer work where the old tree was for the new ride. They've done a lot of blacktop work where there were leaks and major cracks in park walkways. A lot of good has happened since I was there on 12/30. See not always bad news.


First ride of my 2014 season = YOLO!!!

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^Line could get shorter later in the day.


Here's a small update


^Update time


No one else wants to get in early.


2nd train of the day and no line!


This was probably the longest Full Throttle's line was all day


X2's line after opening. The ride opened about 15-30 min. after the park opened thus no lines on practically every other ride in the park.


Tatsu had no line and was running much faster than the last time I rode it.


Nothing to report on the exterior.


Inside though most of the interior is being removed.


I wonder if the park will demolish or remodel the former Log Jammer station considering Mooseburger Lodge right next door is getting a remodel.


Over by the tree some work has started on something.


New entrance to Bugs Bunny World possibly.


So yeah the park has started work on something.


I always enjoy the trees around the park this time of year.


Clearing for new coaster 19 this was the former location of a small train ride (the larger train is over in Whistle Stop Park so its not really a loss.


Both the train and Tweety's Escape have been removed all that's left is to remove the concrete. Oh and some trees have been chopped down in the surround area.


This former Dippin' Dots location right next to the removed train will be demolished to make way for new coaster 19.


Tweety's Escape has been removed


...and moved over by Road Runner Express.


All the midways where empty all morning. Also a lot of cracks in some of the midways have received some new asphalt all that's left is to color match the asphalt to the area.


DC Universe received some plants and such for the center planter. Both the entrance plaza and Riddlers plaza received some new flowers from what I could tell.


Batman was the only ride running one train but was a walk on for most of the day.


Colossus has some backwards trains ready to run (still running forwards though). Anyone know why there's a crane in front of Colossus? Its the same type of crane that sits behind Full Throttle but there was another one sitting in front of Colossus it may already be gone but saw it while riding.


Scream had no line all day and surprisingly running very smooth at least the recently refurbished train was, the other train not so smooth.


Superman was surprisingly running both sides for most of the day.


Apocalypse, 2 layers of new wood and 6 layers of old wood.


Don't pull your lap bar down (after the op's tell you not too) so the entire train has to be rechecked, saw it so many times yesterday.


ADMIN EDIT - I'm going to add a few more photos that Joey took today as well...


View from the parking lot. Enjoy it! =)


Looks like the 2014 park maps haven't come in yet.


Typical SFMM merchandise. Not much has changed here.


Looking forward to new slides at Hurricane Harbor this year? I am!


"Sorry folks, the Sky Tower is closed. Moose out front should have told you..."


But look what IS OPEN!!!!


X2 is back to life!


It's been a long time since we've seen this.


How many of you went out to ride today?


Looks like the lift chain is back up and running! =)


Some signs for this summer's new hotness...

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