Cincy area News tidbits PKI and Americana

Monday, March 11, 2002 1:43 PM

I stopped by both parks today, PKI has cranes all around the helix area of King Cobra. (So long old friend)

Americana, Now I drove back the employee entrance road, (Which is a public road) and stopped before you enter the lot, (Which would be treasspassing) From there I seen a guy with a flyer tub on the forks of a forklift attaching it to the cables.

Now why would they be assembling rides in early march?????

Chuck, who really hopes Americana reopens but has no official anouncment, Just what he seen.

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Monday, March 11, 2002 1:46 PM
Keep us informed, Chuck! I hope to get to Americana this year, too ;-)

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Monday, March 11, 2002 2:25 PM
YES! This is great news...thanks for the update! Hopefully that's a good sign. Was the whole ride ready to go? Did you see any tubs on anything else?

Brad Sherman, who will be among the thousands at Americana on opening day....:)
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Monday, March 11, 2002 2:35 PM

Arrow Guy said:
YES! This is great news...thanks for the update! Hopefully that's a good sign. Was the whole ride ready to go? Did you see any tubs on anything else?

Brad Sherman, who will be among the thousands at Americana on opening day....
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I made no anouncement only sharing what I saw, Now I must say that last fall they had the Dodgem cars in the ride but they were not there today. No, he just had one tub and was hanging it on the ride, Im sure this is done one at a time.

Also Couch's campers is nearing completion, It will be in the unused left side front of the parking lot. About 30 slabs have been poured and the expansion of the old Dorm into a new sales office is nearing completion.

The Park sign has been repainted and the old digital message board that never worked right is gone replace with a Future Home of Couch's campers sign.

Like I said, All rides are there except Tempest (Now at Coney Cincy). Serpent will probably never run again at Americana but who knows, It's still there and so is Calypso (Anton)

Chuck, who wants as much as anyone for this park to reopen and remembers its hayday in the early '70s with nearly a million annual visitors

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Monday, March 11, 2002 5:04 PM
Great! At least there is some sign of life. How far do you live from Americana Charles? Is it possible for you to go back in a few days?
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Monday, March 11, 2002 6:24 PM

john peck said:
Great! At least there is some sign of life. How far do you live from Americana Charles? Is it possible for you to go back in a few days?


Dude, I live about 45 minutes away.

I can if I work a overtime swing by after work and check on things, I can only see a few rides like the ferris wheel, Dodgem, Giant Slide, Flyers from outside the park. Screechin' Eagle is still standing tall but other than that I can't see much. You can see the serpent but as I said before it is for sale and isn't expected to re open.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 8:52 AM
That answers my question. I was thinking you were like 10 minutes away from it.

But, if you do swing by and all the tubs are on the eagles and the tubs are on the wheel and you see some stuff along those lines, than I can only imagine good things in the near future.

*** This post was edited by john peck on 3/12/2002. ***

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 9:04 AM

john peck said:
That answers my question. I was thinking you were like 10 minutes away from it.

But, if you do swing by and all the tubs are on the eagles and the tubs are on the wheel and you see some stuff along those lines, than I can only imagine good things in the near future.


*** This post was edited by john peck on 3/12/2002. ***



Will do!

Chuck, asking if John peck will be down to PKI for March 4th and 5th?

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 10:57 AM
I will probally be at Cedar Point on May 5th and And perhaps Indiana Beach on May 4th

But you never know, depending on when or if Americana opens again.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 2:50 PM

Put me on the list of those people keeping their fingers crossed...

My dream: If Americana opens, to see every enthusiast make the trip to see the park re-open for the season as a kind of "Welcome Back" party... overwhelm the new owners with more business than they can stand and let them know, loud and clear, that Americana has a place in everyone's hearts!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 4:36 PM

Rob Ascough said:

Put me on the list of those people keeping their fingers crossed...

My dream: If Americana opens, to see every enthusiast make the trip to see the park re-open for the season as a kind of "Welcome Back" party... overwhelm the new owners with more business than they can stand and let them know, loud and clear, that Americana has a place in everyone's hearts!



Wow, Im speechless!

Chuck, who was among those who rarely visited in it's waning years. You have to realize the park had become a shadow of it's former self even though several improvents were made to the grounds it was not packed full of rides like it once was. I will not make that mistake again. There is no excuse not to visit your local parks expecially when they are affordable and still fun.

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 4:41 PM
The way the Eagle performs with the old Elitch Wildcat trains is reason enough to go.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 5:46 PM

john peck said:
The way the Eagle performs with the old Elitch Wildcat trains is reason enough to go.


Are you talking about the Burgandy Train that had the stained wood sideboards, Or that last train that had dividers and didn't provide as much airtime?

Chuck, who still loves the coaster, Just wondering

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 8:46 AM
Let me see if I can clear up the confusion over the Screechin' Eagle train(s)...

1. When I first met the coaster, at the ACE Preservation Con ca. 1992, the coaster had the NAD train, painted black with a hand-painted eagle on the front end.

2. Not long after that, headrests were added to Seats #3, #6, and #9. Also, the seat belts in those rows were replaced with individual seat belts.

3. When CCI did some major renovation to the coaster, they built a new train for it. That train was red, with grey interior, seat dividers, and ratcheting lap bars. This was the first flush-load train for the coaster, and it lasted all of one season.

4. The red train went away, thankfully, since its lap bars were crap, and the black train returned. Before long, the train was given a new paint job in burgundy, and a new eagle graced the front of the train.

5. Coney Island/Americana purchased the trains from the Elitch Gardens Wildcat and got creative. The old NAD train was stripped down, and the PTC Wild Cat train was stripped down. Americana mounted the seats, exterior panels, and lap bar assemblies from the Wild Cat train onto the NAD chasssis, creating the 'mutt' train that ran most recently on the ride. The NAD seats ended up piled under the slide, and I think the PTC chassis assemblies went back to their home next to the Rock-O-Plane. That is the most heavily cushioned train to ever run on the coaster, and it has a high seatback on Seat #9. All seats have a 3"-diameter padded roll across the top of the seat back, which is actually kind of nice. The seats have low seat dividers, which are too low to contain anybody in a particular seat, but high enough to be hazardous on the final drop into the dogleg where the coaster goes around behind the slide and the divider becomes a real pain in the butt!

Except for the dividers, the PTC/NAD hybrid train is the nicest train I've seen on the Eagle. It runs nicely, and it's nicely cushioned in ways that the NAD train was not.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 8:51 AM
I like the idea of having an enthusiast "event" even if its an informal one. I'd be happy to help organize something *with* other people. Chuck, Rob, Dave...if Americana opens would any of you be willing to help plan somthing?

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 9:19 AM

Mamoosh said:
I like the idea of having an enthusiast "event" even if its an informal one. I'd be happy to help organize something *with* other people. Chuck, Rob, Dave...if Americana opens would any of you be willing to help plan somthing?

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Sean F. Is our rep. IF your talking about a regional even. If your talking buzz or a rrc meet, Well, Im not a member of Buzz yet.

Chuck, who would love to see about any kind of get together at Americana

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 10:24 AM

Sorry...I was referring to something unofficial and not related to ACE in any way. I didn't mean to imply that I'd organize anything w/o Sean's input, especially if it was associated with ACE.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 11:52 AM

....still wondering if there's time for anything "official" to be added the day after SRM....if so, (or even if they're open without an event) Americana would be a great stop, one we'd be happy to put on "the list"!

Also, thanks to Chuck for posting, and to Dave for the info on the trains...

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 3/13/2002. ***

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 11:57 AM

Dave, Are you talking about the old NAD Century Flyer train that used to sit on the transfer track?

I remember riding that train as a kid, But in my memory I can remember two trains, One was always on the transfer track and the Centry Flyer kinda looked like a 50's hot rod.

Is this the train that's running gear is now on the coaster.

Thanks with any help and the help you already gave :)

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 12:16 PM

Gator - depends on how flexible people's plans are. Even tho my post-SRM trip goes thru June 10th half of the people I'm travelling with fly home early, so I'm committed to IB both Sunday and Monday. We're staying in a suite at IB and our deposit isn't refundable. An event at Americana doesn't necessarily have to be at the beginning of the park's season anyway.

One step at a time...lets see if the park opens first ;-)

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