Mine Train at Six Flags St. Louis

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 5:55 PM
Hey. I was reading on a website, and I read that the River King MineTrain at Six Flags St. Louis used to have Standup Trains. Is this true? If so, were they togo trains? I heard they took them off because some lady died in them.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:07 PM
Yes it's true that SFStL's mine train was, at one time, converted to a stand-up coaster (along with WOF's Arrow corkscrew Extremeroller). The coasters ran Arrow's own stand-up cars and featured a somewhat unique restraint device.

-Nate

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:13 PM

Yes a lady died soon after Rail blazer opened at SFStL. The stand up cars were removed off of Extremeroller more because of the cars put too much stress on the track, because it wasn't designed for stand up cars Rather than the death.

Here are some pictures of Rail Blazer at SFStLhttp://www.geocities.com/Pipeline/Reef/6776/top

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:17 PM

Was rail blazer part of the mine train, or was it the other half that was sent to magic springs?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 6:57 PM
Looking at those pictures of Jet Scream makes me miss it more and more. I know it was just a simple single-looper coaster, but I just got a big bang out of that thing. It was my first inversion. :) (don't those things hold a special place in everyone's heart?)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 5:14 AM

Joey Stewart said:
Looking at those pictures of Jet Scream makes me miss it more and more.

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Well I can tell you it is running as smooth as ever here in Houston. It has always been a favorite of mine because of the smoothness and non stop speed.


*** This post was edited by Markieb on 12/11/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 8:07 AM
The Rail Blazer (stand-up cars) ran on the current side of the River King Mine Train only for the 1984 season.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 11:42 AM

Thanks!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 12:11 PM
The link is dead from above. :(

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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 12:50 PM

SFSL_Guy07 said:

Was rail blazer part of the mine train, or was it the other half that was sent to magic springs?

The Rail Blazer half is still in StL. Although the rides are almost a mirror image of each other, there is a bend in the track on the Rail Blazer side where the 2 mine trains would meet before the tunnel, or the 3rd lift. I can't remember which.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 1:03 PM
The removed half met the current half at the bottom of the 3rd lift, then they zig zagged to and from each other to meet again just before the final drop into the tunnel, which was originally just a trench ( at least thats all it was when I used to ride the removed half and the rail blazer half was SBNO)
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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 3:19 PM

The two tracks were not mirror images. The two tracks were significantly different layouts. They did come back together at the final drop, though.

I miss the Jet Scream too. I loved how they would do double runs on it because it was so short. Getting the Ninja in trade for that has always been a sore spot for me.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 12:36 AM
How were the two sides different? It was always to my understanding they were the same except for the bend. Any info would be appreciated.
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Thursday, December 12, 2002 3:51 AM

The 2 sides were very different except for the fact that each had 3 lifts and the final runs were mirrored.

The section that has been removed had a longer vertical descent (wouldn't call it a drop) due to the change in the land topography and was pretty rambling as a layout vs. the tight layout of the other side. This side that is now gone to Magic Springs opened with the park on opening day.

The side that remains, while slightly changed for Rail Blazer, is higher up the side of the mountain and has more tight fast helixes than drops - and runs closer to the ground. This side was delayed by a few weeks from opening.

The side that remains was considered the "better" or "wild" side probably due to the feeling of more speed since it ran closer to the ground.

I think the tunnel was removed for Rail Blazer and then returned when the opposite side was sent to Dollywood.

RKMT ride crew 71, 72

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 7:47 AM

I have a question about the way the station for the two sides worked. Go to this site and look at pictures of the Mine Train and even the overhead shot of the park http://www.amusementpark.com/ap/archive/history/Hpark/HP2001/09/sfoma/index_sfoma.html

What I see in all of these pictures is one big station house(current que house today and other half haunted house) then off to both sides I see another station house, the removed tracks "other station" is still here today(used for storage). My question is how did this work, was one used for loading and the other for unloading or what? Also, was the "other station" for the side still at the park removed whenever the side became the Rail Blazer(I'm guessing yes).

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:02 AM
I think I can answer this. Looking at the aerial shot, the two outer buildings were the areas for the transfer tracks and storage for the extra trains. Each track left the station, made a 180 and traveled through this building (a neat effect and one I wish was still there). The two larger inner buildings were the que's and loading/unloading stations. As far as I know they were originally separated by an internal wall as they are today.
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Thursday, December 12, 2002 1:07 PM

Thanks for your time on answering my question about the difference inbetween the 2 sides.

After looking at the over head picture it appears the Magic Springs side is different now. Also, the smaller building to the left of the larger building would be a covered transfer track area, such as it is now at Magic Springs.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 6:48 PM

When the trains traveled through those buildings they made the neatest clicking sound that echoed wonderfully. One of my earliest coaster memories. Well, that and the smell of tar. This was only the 2nd coaster I had ever ridden.

They've used the loading stations for many different things. the side that is open now was an arcade in the early 80's. The other side was a disco(!) for part of a season in the late 70's. They shut down that side of the track that year.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 10:02 AM

Hi everyone!

I tried to view the site mentioned above, and while I could see one picture of a Rail Blazer cartoonish photo, I couldn't see the rest. I really want to see them, so if you could help me out, that would be great! Thanks!!!

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Saturday, December 14, 2002 6:32 AM
Look for the slideshow, and click through the photos.
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