That’s from IAAPA 1978 and was the original design for the train for what we know as The Beast, although it is also before the park had decided on a name, they changed the look after the ride was named.
On a second look to the picture I'd like to know what Intamin presented on that IAAPA. It may be Wilderness Run.
kenban wrote:Pedrinho wrote:Nice find. I wonder what happened to the head lights.
They were replaced with the sculpted logo they have today before the ride opened due to the park expecting a lot of media coverage. Basically they wanted the rides name and logo in the pictures. The ride did open with the leather seats complete with buttons you see in the photo, but it was replaced pretty quickly in I believe the first season.
Oh, too bad.. I'd like to see the headlights in the night (although I loved the night rides in the pitch black).
kenban wrote:If your wondering about the headlights, consider that there is an entire Beast lead car out there somewhere. The lead car of the 4th train was completely refurbished and given to Ruth Voss when she retired. Voss was the head of Media Relations at the park when The Beast was built and is credited with coming up with the name. She passed away more than 20 years ago, so there should be a real Beast lead car out there somewhere, likely in a private collection.
Wow, didn't know that. As I am a big fan of roller coaster nostalgia I'd really love to see a today's colored picture.