Defunct coaster info needed

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 3:22 PM

I've been doing some research on a number of defunct coasters in North America, and I was wondering if anyone on here could help me out a little here... I'm currently looking for some info on these following rides and I was wondering if someone has any of the ride facts. If you have any or know where I can find it, could you please email me at COASTERnet@megacoasters.com or reply? Thanks!...

- Blue Streak, Woodside Pleasure Park, ??, ??
- Bobs, Venice Pier, Venice, CA
- Chase Through the Clouds, Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Figure-8, Luna Casino Park, Mansfield, OH
- Flip Flap Railway, Sea Lion Park, Brooklyn, NY
- Flying Dutchman, Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
- Giant Dipper, Pickering Pier, Ocean Park, CA
- Greyhound, Celoron Park, Jamestown, NY
- Greyhound, Sunset Park, Atlanta, GA
- Jack Rabbit, Revere Beach Park, Revere Beach, MA
- Loop-the-Loop, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
- Loop-the-Loop, Olentangy Park, Columbus, OH
- Racing Coaster, Euclid Beach, Cleveland, OH
- Red Streaker, Willow Mill Park, ??, ??
- Roller Coaster, Riverview Beach, Pennsville, NJ
- Roller Coaster, Riverview Park, Chicago, IL
- Roller Coaster, Rocky Glen Park, Moosic, PA
- Thriller, Monarch Park, Franklin, PA
- Thriller, Rockaway Beach, Long Island, NY
- Tornado, Woodside Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Trip Thru the Clouds, Riverview Park, Detroit, MA

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 3:35 PM

I would try www.RCDB.com, but they probably don't have a whole lot of imformation on them. Coasterbuzz has some defunct coasters.

*** This post was edited by RubberDucky on 8/14/2002. ***

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 4:04 PM

Hmm... well according to Scott Rutherford's The American Roller Coaster (in case you want to give him credit) Woodside Pleasure park is located in Poughkeepsie, New York. Blue Streak was created by none other than the Coney Island Cyclone's creator, Vernon Keenan and Harry Baker. It was also built the same year as the Cyclone, 1927. The exact height is unknown, however there are two estimates: 127 feet or 140 feet. Either way, it was the tallest coaster in North America. It was a terrain coaster, too, saving its two longest drops for the end. The height record wasnt topped until PKI's Beast opened. [That info wasn't in Scott's words, so you don't have to quote him, however I would definately give him credit].

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 6:13 PM
There is an article on the NY Blue Streak at http://www.coasterglobe.com I think.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 10:53 PM

www.defunctparks.com should be a good start for you.

I rode the Flying Dutchman many, many moons ago. It was located right inside the old enterance to Dorney (where the ferris wheel is today). I believe it was a large Zyklon. the trains were similar to those on a Wildcat (like the one at CP). I don't remember much else about it.

Rocky Glenn had several wood coasters in the same location. The final one was Mighty Lightning. That operated untill the park closed in the late 80's. It was razed in the mid 90's. Iwas at the park in the mid 80's but unfortunately I didn't ride it. I know the lift parts, chain, anti roll backs, and i believe fly wheel were auctioned off. I believe Stickers Grove in Ohio bought the parts and built a similar coaster as Mighty Lightning. Another wood coaster tha stood on the same spot was called the Million Dollar Coaster.

I hope that info was a little helpful. :)

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 7:23 AM

There is a picture of the Olentangy Park Loop the Loop in David Bennet's book _Rollercoaster: Wooden and Steel Coasters, Twisters and Corkscrews_. It is a postcard view that is clearly labeled "Olentangy Park, Columbus, Ohio" even though the caption says it is in California (could this error be due to the proximity of California Street to the Olentangy Park location?)

I believe there is a picture of the Flip Flap Railway in the same book.

There is some info about Willow Mill Park (I think including Red Streaker) in _Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania_ by Jim Futrell. The carousel from Willow Mill is now located at Bushkill Park in Easton, PA. I may have some more info on the park. I'll check around in my files tonight.

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*** This post was edited by millrace on 8/15/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 11:14 AM
Isn't there a section of Cincinatti called California? I see Coney Ohio being referred to California, Ohio sometimes.

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 11:37 AM
millrace, you haven't been posting much lately....busy? Good to see you back! Anyhow, that is an excellent book on older stuff with loads of great pics....

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 8/15/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 12:31 PM

rollergator: I guess I haven't had much to say :) I've been busy with a lot of projects (nearing completetion on my model whip and skooter rides) and it's summer - time to get out and do stuff!

Speaking of Red Streaker, I seem to recall a discussion on RRC about the ride. Apparently a British enthusiast bought the ride and put it in storage. I bet a search through the RRC archives would reveal a lot of tidbits about those defunct coasters.

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Friday, August 16, 2002 12:24 PM
Thanks to everyone who responded! I appreciate the info.

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