After viewing Gregleg's pictures from his recent trip to Denver for ACE's Preservation Con and seeing the beautiful station for Lakeside's Cyclone [rcdb has pics here and here] I got to wondering: What other classic coaster stations are equally beautiful?
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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 8/8/2003 12:59:55 AM ***
I'm not sure it's equally beautiful, but Lightning Racer's station has to rank pretty high on the "most beautiful" list. :)
EDIT: Aw poop, I missed the word classic. Um, no. :)
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I wouldn't say it's the most stunning station ever, but I've always thought CP's Blue Streak had a classy station, especially before the revamping in 1994. I like its understated design, its huge size, the white iron fencing that goes around the perimiter, the fact that it sits on a curve, and those cool cupolas with flags on the roof. You can find a pic on Virtual Midway's Blue Streak page.
Plus, before 1994, it had the coolest atmosphere ever (at least, this is what I remember as a kid). Walking in the entrance underneath the Blue Streak logo (adjacent to the exit), waiting in those oh-too-skinny queues that used to be inside the station, watching the ride-ops work that big lever, hearing the buzzing of the lapbars locking and unlocking, and standing on your yellow dot in anticipation of the ride to come are as "classic" as it gets.
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I'd say it's a tie between the Lakeside Cyclone station and the Racer at Kennywood. Interestingly there is a connection between the two. The Racer and it's station are classic John Miller. Now the Cyclone was built by Erwin Vettel, who was Andy Vettel's uncle. Andy was Kennywood's head of maintenace from the early fifites to the late eighties.
Two that I like that have not been mentioned are the station on the Knoebels Twister and the Thunderhawk's old station. The Twister's is not only very classic looking, it is also cool being inside the double helix. The Thunderhawk's old station was an all in one job. Not only was it the coaster station, it also had a bumper car ride in there (Lusse's too, wonder where they went?), an arcade, lockers, and the entrance to Jorney to the Center of the Earth, a mill chute ride.
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The Thunderhawks old station was the best! The runout to the lift around the bumper cars then under the queue for them into the fog filled tunnel with flashing lights! I don't know what could top that.
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Kennywood's Racer and Jack Rabbit are certainly in my book! I also liked Santa Cruz's Dipper station, and I'm sure I'll add the Coney Cyclone to the list after Tuesday..... ------------------ "You don't know how you've betrayed me and somehow you've got everybody fooled. Without the mask where will you hide.......can't find yourself lost in your lie" - Evanescence, Everybody's Fool