Anyone have any personal experiences of the Comet? It looks like it would have been an awesome ride! 1st drop straight into the ravine. The whole ride looks like it was very senic and was probably a blast to ride at night! Sorry I missed out on this one, it closed in 1981. :(
There's just something about going out of the station and right into a drop. And I remember the trees everywhere. From what I recall, it was hard to see much ahead of you because of all the trees.
The other thing I remember was that it looked like the entire ride was about ready to fall apart. Of course this was during their lean period before removing and selling off the rides.
The real sad ending is on the last page of pictures that loriu posed a link to. The trains for the Comet as well as Cascade's Tumble Bug cars are sitting and rotting in a fenced in lot on New Castle's south side.
Several people from the Idorapark.org website contacted the owner to try to see if they could be saved but he had no interest in selling them and so they rot, totally unprotected from the weather.
I will have to check that place out sometime. I love visiting defunct parks. :)
A friend of mine rode the very last ride on the Comet. The train left the station but never returned....
The train make it up one of the hills and valleyed. Turned out, that was the last ride the Comet ever took.
There is also a small book the area historical society released a couple years ago about the park. It doesn't have a lot of info about the rides but it's still interesting to read. It's more about the history of the park and how it got started, who owned it, etc.
I drove charter buses for several years, starting right about the time Cacades folded as an active amusement park. I would have probably missed out, anyway... I first visited parks such as Conneaut, Waldameer, as well as some bigger ones (Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Dorney) just because I was driving a charter there.
Many, many trips over the years to Cedar Point, Geauga Lake, but I had been there as a kid. Idora was a personal fave of mine, too...my mom and aunt were polka lovers, and would take the kids along for a day at the park while they danced away in the ballroom.
I "found" Waldameer that way, about 1982-83, from driving a charter to their ballroom on "polka day". Never heard about Cascades, though... odd, because they had a ballroom/dance pavillion. :( *** Edited 7/20/2006 3:07:26 AM UTC by Chooch249***
Mine would be the Cascade Park Comet.You would ride with your eyes shut so you would not get your eyes poked out by the tree branches that was wacking you in the head.If you sat in the back seat you see peoples heads in front of you bobing up and down because the track was in such a warped state.You would hope when you went the last drop,which the largest and VERY steep,that your bar would stay closed.
I kid you not,this thing was in worse shape than the Williams Grove Cyclone. *** Edited 7/20/2006 3:21:30 AM UTC by Ex_Westview and KW_worker***
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