Monday, November 12, 2001 3:04 PM
Just out of curiosity, why did they take out the train at PKD? It was called the Old Dominion Line or something... those rides are a nice break...
Monday, November 12, 2001 3:47 PM
I worked on a train at another park, and while I don't have a reason as to why they removed it, I can offer some suggestions...
Steam engines are expensive to run and maintain, the require constant upkeep.
It takes a few months to learn how to fire one, then you usually have a few more months of training to be an engineer.. so not everyone can do it, if there is a shortage of crew members, then it's virtually impossible to run the train versus running a ride.
Monday, November 12, 2001 4:23 PM
Also, where exactly was the train ride? I'm interested.
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Monday, November 12, 2001 4:33 PM
It was back by Grizzly, in fact Grizzly was built inside the loop.
Just like at all Paramount parks except maybe Wonderland, the concentration is on adding mediocre coasters to attract a certain type of customer, why constantly removing flat rides and other family rides such as the train. For them, it appears to be a pure cost factor, not taking into consideration how removal of such attractions takes away from the quality of the visit. They likewise removed the monorail from Carowinds, and the train from Great America (which was also used as a transportation mode from the front to the back of the park). King Island alone has had 20 some rides removed since its opening, most without similar replacement.
They have managed to take 4 wonderfully themed parks, KI, KD, Carowinds and Great America and make them some of the most mediocre themed, least diversified parks in the country, in my opinion.
Monday, November 12, 2001 5:00 PM
Paramount? Mediocore coasters! ARE YOU SURE! Just look at Volcano, FOF twins, Hypersonic, SOB, Top Gun brothers, Stelth, Invertigos, The numerous Arrow megloopers, are all rides Paramount added that are FAAAAR from medicore! But if your talking soley about PCW, then looking at their history in the 1990's, your right! :)
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Monday, November 12, 2001 8:01 PM
There also used to be a monorail (back by Volcano the Blast Coaster) and a skyride (by Shockwave) at PKD, but, I don't miss them. I agree that train rides can add something to a park, but I won't cry if they're missing. PKD has plenty for the family with young kids, and a killer waterpark.
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