Wednesday, May 17, 2006 8:22 PM
I am a new listener and was very pleased to see you are from around my part of the world (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and was wondering if you might have some info that might help me.
West view park closed for good when I was 12 years old. I really miss the place and was wondering if you could have any clue how to find Plans/blueprints for the parks 2 adult coasters, the Dipper and the Racing Whippet. I would like tem as memoribillia and would lik to try converting them to the RCT game.
BTW How is RCT 3? I was kinda pissed after forking for RCT 2 and found not much new so i have not yet got RCT 3.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 8:30 PM
Medina - Who are you directing this to? Who is the "you" that is from around your part?
Also, you might want to ask your RCT question in the RCT forum and limit your posts to one topic only.
Good luck in your search for West View Park info ;)
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:30 PM
Have you checked Charlie Jacques' book Goodbye, West View Park, Goodbye
? There are some pretty detailed pics in there, but maybe not blueprints.
The book's for sale at Kennywood's gift shops, and presumably in the local interest sections of behemoth bookstores.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:29 AM
I was very familiar with West View because this was my home park for many years. Yes, the Dips and the Racing Whippet, they were both great coasters. The park also had a wooden junior coaster and for a few years had a Wildmouse. The other rides included many classic flats including a Tumble Bug, a Whip, Flying Skooters, and a Caterpillar along with some newer rides. There were also an antique carousel, a skyride, an auto ride, Lusse bumper cars, a train ride that circled a lake, 2 darkrides and a walkthrough. The Kiddieland was one of the largest in the country. Danceland, the park's ballroom, was a major stop for name entertainers in the past. The Rolling Stones once played there.
The Dips was an out and back coaster similar to Conneaut Lake's Blue Streak but with a wicked hairpin turn at the turnaround point. The Racing Whippet was a ravine coaster with the station on a bridge over the ravine. Like Kennywood's racer, it had one continuous track with the trains reversing sides after each circuit. Both coasters used trains like the ones on Kennywood's Jack Rabbit.
I once did a Dips fir TCT2 but never posted it. Maybe some time I will get around to doing this.