Early Six Flags St. Louis Pictures

Friday, March 29, 2002 8:15 AM
Does any one have Pics of SFSL in the 70's and 80's? This is the only web-site I know with pics. http://www.amusementpark.com/ap/archive/history/Hpark/HP2001/09/sfoma/index_sfoma.html#

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Friday, March 29, 2002 9:50 AM

On my web site, I have 1976 brochure of Six Flags Over Mid America (St. Louis).

Look here:

http://www.themeparkbrochures.com/1976/sfstl1976.html

Zimm
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www.themeparkbrochures.com - Theme Park Brochures and Maps

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Friday, March 29, 2002 12:57 PM
Thanks but I want some pictures of the Mine train with stand-up cars and the other attractions.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 7:11 PM

Stuntman75 said:
Thanks but I want some pictures of the Mine train with stand-up cars and the other attractions.

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Never heard of that...

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Friday, March 29, 2002 8:38 PM
Oh yes Steve, there was a stand-up mine train... It surprised me too when I heard about it... but it's very true. It was designed and manufactured by Arrow.

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Jes
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Saturday, March 30, 2002 1:15 AM
It was a regular stand up roller coaster called Rail Blazer. It's tracks ran close to and often parallel to the old River King Mine Ride which was a normal mine train-type ride. Shortly after Rail Blazer opened, a woman fell to her death and the ride was closed for an extensive period of time. SFSTL opted to take the trains from the old River King Mine Ride and put them on the Rail Blazer's tracks when they decided to take out RKMR and install Ninja in it's place. Hope I helped out in any way here. :)

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 6:45 AM
Actually when the park opened in June of 1971, there were 2 River King Mine Trains (both were identical), and in 1984, one of them was converted into Rail Blazer, but after the accident (on July 7, 1984) , it switched back over, Arrow also did this with Screamroller (a.k.a. Extremeroller or EXT) at WOF. According to RCDB, The Mine train that was converted to Rail Blazer, is the one that is currently there, while the other one was removed in 1987, or 1988, because Ninja came in, in 1989

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*** This post was edited by MilleniumForce6279 on 3/31/2002. ***

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 6:50 AM
And, the mine train that was removed is being installed at Magic Springs this year.
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Saturday, March 30, 2002 7:01 AM
Before installing Ninja, they added Jet Scream(Viper@SFAW). Then in 1989, they put The Ninja in Jet Scream's place.

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 9:23 AM

Oh, makes sense, but River King Mine Train was installed in Dollywood for the 1989 season, so yet again it makes sense it was removed late 80's, like 1987, 1988, but yet again I have no clue, since there are no good SFStL history sites (hint , hint to someone ;) )

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welcome one and all, y'all come have a ball!
Things a bear-y fine, ridin' on the old knott's bear-y line!

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 9:28 AM
I heard of a Unoffical SFSTL site that is long gone now. It probably had good pics too.

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Wood: The Boss
Steel: Batman: The Ride

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 3:10 PM

Okay, to clarify a couple of points.

There were originally 2 sides to the RKMT, but they were NOT identicle. They were drastically different.

The Rail Blazer was installed on the left track, with no changes to the track. The Rail Blazer was delayed a couple of months by technical problems.(It kept rolling back.Hard to believe on a coaster with 3 lift hills). Only difference on the track was the rails were painted red.! The ride was open for less than 1 month until a woman fell (she was pushed, ask Issac Newton) to her death and the ride never reopened. In the late 80's they moved the mine train back to the Rail Blazers tracks to make room for Ninja.

Jet Scream opened in 1981 and stood where batman now stands and was removed about 2 years after Ninja opened (Park officials said "why do we need 2 looping coasters"). That area was used as a picnic pavillion for private outing until B:TR opened in 1995.

To the best of my knowledge there have been only 2 fatal accidents at SFSTL, the Rail Blazer and the old sky ride in 1978 or 79.

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 5:16 PM
angnjc, What happened with the sky ride? Also I heard that there was an accident on the Rotor at SFSTL about 6-7 years ago. I don't if there were any fatalities but I thought there was an accident. Does anyone else know more?

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Mike
Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM,Shivering Timbers
Favorie Steel: Magnum and Raging Bull

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 5:23 PM
What is the Rotor? My mom told me about the accident on the sky ride. She doesn't know a lot about it but she said the cars feel and killed some people.

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Best Coasters in My Area:
Wood: The Boss
Steel: Batman: The Ride

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 6:04 PM
The Sky Ride accident happened Tuesday July 26, 1978, one of the cars slipped off the cable, three were killed, one was injured, after the accident the ride was shut down, and the 27 other cars were stranded , firefighters were called in to rescue the people in the remaining cars.
there were also two other sky ride accidents On at SFMM on Saturday, February 5, 1978 , and one at the Texas State Fair on Saturday, October 21, 1979, both cases, cars slipped, and atleast one person died in each accident
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welcome one and all, y'all come have a ball!
Things a bear-y fine, ridin' on the old knott's bear-y line!***

*** This post was edited by MilleniumForce6279 on 3/30/2002. ***

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 6:37 PM

Here is a link to a site with BOTH Jet Scream , and Rail Blazer at . http://www.geocities.com/Pipeline/Reef/6776/top

In the Rail Blazer pic, you can see the TALL restraints, that woman looks like she could fall out! Also on the site there are also alot of other goodies like old Willard's Whizzer pics, and a bunch of other things.

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welcome one and all, y'all come have a ball!
Things a bear-y fine, ridin' on the old knott's bear-y line!

*** This post was edited by MilleniumForce6279 on 3/31/2002. ***

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 8:56 PM
Thank you everyone for your help so far. Eccspacily MilleniumForce6279. I still need more pics for my secret project cough,cough,sfstlhistorypage,cough,cough.

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Best Coasters in My Area:
Wood: The Boss
Steel: Batman: The Ride

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 9:54 AM

Here is a site that has 5 postcards from Six Flags Over Mid-America (circa 1971), it is not much, but it is something

http://www.rollercoasterfans.com/?topic=postcards

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Welcome one and all, y'all come have a ball!
Things a bear-y fine, ridin' on the old Knott's bear-y line!

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Monday, April 1, 2002 11:06 AM
MilleniumForce6279 How do you find these historic pictures?

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Best Coasters in My Area:
Wood: The Boss
Steel: Batman: The Ride

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Monday, April 1, 2002 2:07 PM

Believe it or not, I just go to normal search engines (Yahoo, Google), and I put in removed rides (I found the rail blazer pics, by just putting in Rail Blazer Six Flags Over Mid- America), I just look for certain removed rides, and i end up with pics of that ride, and more. Another key is mixing up Six Flags Over Mid-America, and Six Flags St. Louis, because sometimes you can find sites with one park name, and not the other.

I tried to e-mail Blue Racer, but his E-mail address didn't work :(

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Welcome one and all, y'all come have a ball!
Things a bear-y fine, ridin' on the old Knott's bear-y line!

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