State Fair of Texas Comet video posted

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2002 4:40 AM | Contributed by Lone Star Thrills

Relive the wonderful State Fair of Texas Comet. This old Carl Phare/NAD coaster ran from 1947-1985 and was torn down in 1989. Many thanks go uot to Ricky Summersett who shot this footage in the very early 1980's.

Link: Lone Star Thrills

Thursday, September 19, 2002 4:44 AM

Wow... what a cool old ride. I don't know if it's the fact that it was shot on film or what, but this video has a great feel to it.

(Be sure to scroll down on that video page to the Comet, I accidentally downloaded Comet II the first time. ;))

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 9:27 AM
What a sweet video. Hey, those are NAD trains, right? Too bad it was torn down. How did it not make ACE coaster classic status?

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 9:45 AM
NAD Century Flyers. I'm not sure when the ACE Classics started, but the coaster went silent in 1985 and was torn down in 1989.

It was shot on 8mm according to the author, I think it held up pretty well for over 20 years.

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www.lonestarthrills.com *** This post was edited by Lone Star Thrills on 9/19/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 10:19 AM

It's a shame that he couldn't find someone to do a better transfer. It could be converted flicker-free with the right gear (by the right people).

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 10:29 AM
I enjoy the flicker someswhat .. the full footage is over 4mins long, I just reworked it, altered it and added the music track.

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 10:36 AM
Nice pics...that site has.

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 10:47 AM
I never knew the Carl Phare had a part in this coaster.I thought that he only built coasters in the Pacific Northwest.I wonder if it rode anything like the Vancouver PNE Coaster,the only surviving(for now)Carl Phare coaster.

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 2:54 PM
I enjoy the flicker, so did my dad.

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 10:25 PM
The video would have lost its' charm without the fliker. One things I like about that video is that it looks like it could have been made in the '50's.
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Friday, September 20, 2002 9:10 AM

Very cool video, love those trains! What a shame to lose Comet.

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Saturday, September 21, 2002 9:44 AM
I still want to see a PAX Cobra somewhere....the layout looked awesome to me, serious airtime on a shuttle looping coaster!
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Saturday, September 21, 2002 4:07 PM
yeah...this video would've sucked without the flicker.

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Sunday, September 22, 2002 6:24 PM
I found a model of what the coaster looked like in its day

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Sunday, September 22, 2002 6:41 PM
Well...at least Puyallup is still g0oing strong...See y'all next year! ;)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 8:31 AM
I could not open the file to view this movie after waiting a long time for it to download. Aaaaurgh!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 10:02 AM
Seems to be downloading fine for everyone else. You may try to download the .zip file to your harddrive, but everything is working.

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