Chairlift evacuated at Ghost Town in the Sky

Posted Monday, July 1, 2002 5:06 AM | Contributed by RideMan

Forty-two people were stuck dangling from a malfunctioning chairlift for hours Sunday at a mountainside amusement park, Ghost Town in the Sky, authorities said. The chairlift is one of the main ways for tourists to get to the top of the mountain and its amusement park. There were three minor injuries reported.

Read more from AP via the Herald-Sun.

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:04 AM
So this is a chairlift that goes up to the amusement park which is located at the top of the mountain?
Monday, July 1, 2002 6:15 AM
Yeah, they've also got a tram to take you there, and I think some other mode of transportation but I'm not sure what.
Monday, July 1, 2002 7:08 AM

No its just the Chairlift and Incline Train (tram). Its really cool because about 3/4 of the way up (its a mile high), the loop of the red devil appears from behinf the trees, and its a pretty big loop!

Anyway, Ghost Town has had alot of problems lately. We make the 2-3 hour drive every year, and last year they were opening late because of some sort of accident.

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Monday, July 1, 2002 7:22 AM

They do also operate a van for those people who either can't (handicapped) or won't use either the chairlift or incline train.

But is the Red Devil running? Reports last year was that it was down all year with one train completely dismantled and the other "in repairs."

I've not heard a word on this year.

Monday, July 1, 2002 8:12 AM

I drove by this park once on the way to a wedding, years ago. I didn't have time to stop, but really wish I did. I've wanted to return ever since, but have never found myself heading back down that way.

I'm not afraid of heights or lift chairs, but I think I'd have been getting a bit nervous sitting there THAT long.

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Monday, July 1, 2002 8:29 AM
I would have really got nervous setting in a chair lift that long. I was never that fond of chair lifts. But i have not been to ghost town since i was a kid, years ago, even before the red devil coaster was built. in fact, i was there the year that they were building the red devil, but i have never got to go back and ride it. I hope to go back one day. It is a really great little park.
Monday, July 1, 2002 8:44 AM
I was stuck in a chair lift for 15 minutes once and that was enough for me. It is not fun.
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Monday, July 1, 2002 9:35 AM
Four hours is a little much, how high up from the ground does this thing go?
Monday, July 1, 2002 10:13 AM
My homepark Lake Compounce has a ride like this and the ride lasts about 20 minutes as it climbs the mountain side next to Boulderdash. I couldn't imagin being stuck up there for 4 hours! Glad everyones okay though.
Monday, July 1, 2002 11:50 AM
Glad those people were not seriously injured, I'm sure it was traumatic. I can't find anything about it, but my mother still lives in that area, & she swears there was a lawsuit with park management over something there(?). I won't repeat it unless I see it up/in writting, though.

There was always a bus that took a road up, the tram, & the chairlift, which remains as the reason I haven't returned there in years. I don't remember how long the ride up is, but those things are torture on my nerves & make me very uneasy. I've probably been there 20 times & the chairlift was always something my dad had to throw me screaming onto. I almost rode the tram thingie once, but it scared me even more than the lift.

But even if I returned, & I know a family that still visits every season, there's not much there, JMHO.

There were two years that we went with The Devil, including its' first season. It was my first looping coaster, I think. The second year that we went, I remember after the loop, being thrown for a loop, it was rough as I had been on many other looping coasters by then. I think the story the park gave was that the ride went too fast, so they added a loop to trim speed(?). Nice little adjustment, huh;)? It is nice to roll out of the station & through the loop, but that's all I remember being worth while. Unless you like pirate ships on mountain edges. That's serious sentimental childhood stuff for me, LOL, & I have NO desire to go back.

Have they added anything in the last ten years, or cleaned much up?

Monday, July 1, 2002 7:41 PM
The park sounds like a RCT scenario. :)
Tuesday, July 2, 2002 5:55 AM
The Red Devil did not operate at all last year, and the incline railway derailed as well, although I do not believe there were any serious injuries. It appears that the coaster may operate this year.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 2:31 PM
No Red Devil at all last year? How were they even able to stay open? JMHO, but that's about it up there, unless you like thier gunslingin' shows.

Incline railway, LOL, scary stuff. Chairlift, scary stuff. I don't know if what I've been told goes to the incline railway, though.

I can remember when that was THE place;). It seemed like forever after you caught glimpse of the Sea Dragon. As a kid, that road seemed sooo long, the anticipation of getting up there would kill me. If only the place had become more wildly popular, it's nice to imagine what could/could've been. I just have no stomach for trucking up thier mount no more. Even for the memory lane walk.


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