Williams Grove, Is there anything left?

Monday, June 11, 2007 4:57 PM
I like that idea but don't see it happening. Amusement rides are probably the only way you'll ever get me to a flea market! The name "flea market" alone irritates me.
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Monday, June 11, 2007 5:00 PM
How about an open air discount vendor bazaar.
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Monday, June 11, 2007 5:04 PM
How about not?

How about a redneck amusement park in the middle of the woods? I always liked that concept.

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Monday, June 11, 2007 5:10 PM
^ I thought that's what they're selling off, Rob.
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Monday, June 11, 2007 5:12 PM
Exactly. I didn't say the concept was one that worked from a financial standpoint, or one that invoked passion in the hearts of its owners. I just said that I liked the concept ;)
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Monday, June 11, 2007 5:18 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar I don't remember if I saw a flyer or a sign there somewhere, but I thought I remembered reading that they were going to try and get the kiddie rides going again.

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Monday, June 11, 2007 5:19 PM
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Rob Ascough said:Amusement rides are probably the only way you'll ever get me to a flea market! The name "flea market" alone irritates me.

And to think of what I went through to get to Uncle Bernie's at Swap Shop and Mile High Flea Market...at least at UB's, I got to ride...Mile High, I just got pics - and a ride on the dry ssack slide, I *never* pass those up... :)

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Monday, June 11, 2007 5:48 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar Uncle Bernies was funny. The most redneck of all the parks I've ever been too.

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Monday, June 11, 2007 6:53 PM
So what is happening to the Cyclone, is any part of that up for auction?

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Monday, June 11, 2007 9:01 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar After seeing it in person, I can't imagine that ride being relocated. I think the only thing that could be done with it, is use it as a bluebrint for a new coaster. Or Firewood. Don't get me wrong though. I wish I had gotten to ride it, and I would love to see it restored or rebuilt. I just don't think it will happen.

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Monday, June 11, 2007 9:14 PM
They should just relocate the entire park as it is to Centralia and make it a giant walk-through ghost-town attraction.

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Monday, June 11, 2007 9:58 PM
What about the trains, any word about what they will do with those.

Bolliger/Mabillard for President in '08 NOT Dinn/Summers

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:12 AM

rollergator said:


And to think of what I went through to get to Uncle Bernie's at Swap Shop and Mile High Flea Market...at least at UB's, I got to ride...Mile High


Anything to do with the Mile High Club? That could have made it worth the effort ;)

I seriously doubt the Cyclone would be worth anything at auction, aside from maybe the sale of the wood for something like a retaining wall. The coaster would have to be rebuilt from the ground up and the while it was a fun ride, there are better wood coasters out there that would make relocation and preservation candidates. As for the train, it is comprised of two beaten, battered cars that started their life on the Palisades Park Cyclone. Considering they appear to be held together with spot welds and duct tape, I don't see them having much value either, although I'm sure ACE will scoop them up for the Roller Coaster Museum. I'd actually support that because they are one of the last tangible connections to the legendary park in Fort Lee, NJ.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:24 AM
I have to agree, Rob. There's really nothing left to save except for souvenirs. Quite honestly, I'm surprised parts of it haven't fallen down from the complete lack of maintenance over the last two years (that's as opposed to the general lack of maintenance over the last 20 years!).

Looks like we'll soon have to edit our classic rides list again.....

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 11:33 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar Being that the train is a PTC, I wonder if Tom would be interested in storing it with the rest of his collection of donations to the museum.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:39 PM
For some reason, I think he would ;)
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 4:59 PM
There would have been more to save, except that one time I was there, I saw the ride op "fixing" a frayed portion of a seat belt with a lighter. (See if it latches now) :)
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Thursday, June 14, 2007 1:57 PM
That's funny... and so "Williams Grove". I can see the inside of their mechanics building being a huge pile of garbage that they rummage through when they need to fix something.

"Hey Earl, ya think we can replace the broken brake if we tape some of this here sandpaper to the end of this here pushy broom?"

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Thursday, June 14, 2007 5:54 PM
I guess as funny as an open flame on a greasy train platform can be. Not to mention the exposed stuffing oozing out of the tears in the cushions. All that was missing was the oily rags.
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Friday, June 15, 2007 11:33 AM
I wonder what the cushions were stuffed with?
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