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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:52 am
by DaveH80
Hey Scott, excellent pictures as always. The Screechin' Eagle seems to have been a fun ride, it's a real shame it hasn't been relocated. I found a video that has some POV shots of the coaster, unfortunately not the entire ride. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0LVwFKl-UE

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:47 pm
by SeaWhippet

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

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:52 pm
by montezooma
Great photos Scott! It is good to see the closet back, I thought you had gone away like a bad sitcom. Thanks for sharing.

Now lets spark some healthy discussion about those great pictures of the flying turns, I sure wish I was old enough to have ridden one, they look like they would be nothing like todays versions. I hope that the Knoebel's creating captures the ride and feel of those older versions.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:56 pm
by megamatt
The single headlite mystery NAD trains are from the Comet at Forest Park.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:58 pm
by megamatt
SeaWhippet wrote:
Kennyweird wrote:The Orbit looks absolutely terrifying...and painful. :omg:


I totally agree. Though I've sworn off most spinning flat rides, I can endure the Zipper for some reason. :?r 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 ... :|


The orbit was run slow, more like a sky wheel than a zipper.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:47 am
by netdvn
Those pics are amazing!

Makes me wish those coasters were still operating, especially Riverview's Bobs, Rye's Aeroplane, and Ocean View's Rocket (that ride would be closer to my house, increasing my chances of riding it.)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:30 am
by SeaWhippet
megamatt wrote:The single headlite mystery NAD trains are from the Comet at Forest Park.


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.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:41 am
by BeemerBoy
The San Diego Giant Dipper using the proper trains. I can only imagine how much better this classic would be if these were still in opeation.
Amen to that!

I loved this latest batch of pics. Great stuff!

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:17 am
by SeaWhippet
montezooma wrote:Great photos Scott! It is good to see the closet back, I thought you had gone away like a bad sitcom. Thanks for sharing.

Now lets spark some healthy discussion about those great pictures of the flying turns, I sure wish I was old enough to have ridden one, they look like they would be nothing like todays versions. I hope that the Knoebel's creating captures the ride and feel of those older versions.


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 popular rides. Additional photographic evidence MUST exist somewhere.

As for Knoebels Turns, I believe we'll finally be able to experience the new version within a few months. From what I've been told, it'll be worth the wait. The restructured team currently working on it has the expertise to make it work. ;)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:42 am
by robbalvey
Thank you Scott! Great stuff!

--Robb