Thanks everyone for all the wonderful responses. I'm overwhelmed, really.
So much so, I was saving this gem until towards the end - but it's not like we all don't know how it turned out.
By the summer of 1990, I was employed by the (then) San Diego Seaside company. The Save the Coaster Committee was successful in its mission to keep the coaster from the wrecking ball. On 9/1/89, Seaside took over the serious restoration of the Dipper. You can imagine my feeling of anticipation as I was filling 5 two-hour tapes in the midst of fresh cut wood, drills, paint...and lots of sweat. LOTS. I managed to overlook all those construction guys - it was the coaster I was hot for. Enjoy~
1) Music Video
Giant Dipper Restoration
Filmed summer of 1990
Music: Working On It
Artist: Chris Rea
Writer(s): Christopher Anton Rea, Kevin Stephen Welch
Copyright: Magnet Music Ltd., Kevin Welch Music, Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Edited Spring of 1992 using the post primitive methods you can't imagine.
2) The day the trains first left the station.
I'll save the story of what happened between 6:07 and 7:35 for the end. That's the fun part.
Crowds were beginning to collect when word got out that we were going to try and run the thing. Former president of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk turned General Manager of the Seaside Company, Ed Hutton, thought he should make something clear to spectators of what they might see.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCJ3luvbo64
3) The new Giant Dipper loses her virginity for the "'first" time. In the 90 minutes after the train was sent out, about 1000 more spectaotors all showed up from the immediate area. You can hear them cheering it on. Note the people in the station house running from side to side. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncsxabIW_Kw