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  1. Note the number has been painted over on the headlight and the bracket is changed to yellow. It looks like a sleeve on the stack, so that probably was the beginning of the new capstack. Do we know exactly what year the engines were renamed? This pic was after Whitewater Canyon was put in, since there is concrete across the tracks.
  2. It's funny that back when I worked there, I was very critical of some of the details on the engines, particularly the windows in #12's cab and the skinny diamond stack on #19. In recent years, I have found that early Chicago and Northwestern engines used that stack, and the "cathedral" windows on #12 were the signature window shape of Dawson and Bailey (National Locomotive Works) of Connellsville, PA. But I have yet to find any prototype engines with dome covers the shape of the "stock" Crown dome.
  3. Looks like the paint scheme on Jupiter in Utah! Just gotta sneak in and paint fake wood on those cabs.
  4. The stars on the wheels were Dick Carmell's idea. We were sitting on five gallon buckets repainting the wheels one night (the injectors used to dump on them and change the color of the Rustoleum paint), and he suggested the stars. I took it one step farther, and although I'm not particularly fond of them today, I painted the cranks black. I'm sure Dick was thinking of his California days since Disney's engines had stars on the wheels. As to the straight stack, I think that was just a reaction to the very poorly done balloon. If they would have put the same balloon on that Crown did with m
  5. And finally, the infamous Kenny Van Meter standing in the cab of "his" engine, the "Tecumseh". Again the wood is horizontal but the whistle was moved from behind the bell (where it showered everyone in boiling water, turned the blue paint into orange stripes, and screeched and gurgled whistle signals). I'm guessing it was taken in May 1972. Hey, what happened to Mystic Timbers and the White Water Canyon? It sure was nice and quiet in the enginehouse back then.
  6. This one was taken very early in 1972 since the wood on the tender is still horizontal, though we had moved the whistle to the rear dome in May. This shows Lew Brown in overalls (left) and his sidekick Dick Carmell on "Lew's" engine, the "Simon Kenton". They were adding aluminum strips to the roof so rain didn't waterfall over the edge and down your neck if you stuck your head out to see where you were going. I wonder how OSHA would feel about their techniques today?
  7. I found a few slides from 1972 and had them scanned. Quality is pretty bad (anyone remember Instamatic cameras?), but hey, it's history. Here is the ORIGINAL Fort Mc Hale on the loop where the waterpark now stands. It looks pretty new and I don't see the exploding Gatling Gun, so this was probably around June 1972. I took it from the top of the mountain that we circled before the 1989 track relocation.
  8. One night I was just curious which major theme park has REMOVED the most coasters. Kings Island has seen Bavarian Beetle, Screamin Demon, Son of Beast, King Kobra, the original Bat, and Vortex go away, mainly because they have taken the risk to lead on new technology and set the path for followers. Can any other park top that? My guess is that Cedar Point could be a contender due to age. I believe the old Cedar Point Amusement Circle had three or more that were where the CP mall is today. Thoughts?
  9. KD never had a car storage shed. Kings Island didn't in the early years either. Lew Brown had a lot of pull back then and convinced them to spend a lot of money on the ride that most parks don't. The KI enginehouse originally didn't have doors and we had to put plastic over the openings in the winter. He also convinced them to put in the jacks to raise the engines and the gantry behind the enginehouse to pull the propane tanks out and to lift the coaches for truck changeout. Plus we added all kinds of stuff to the engines in the way of making the piping better and to heat the sand dome an
  10. It was sad to drive past Clermont Steel Fabricators and only see a half dozen pieces of coaster track, probably from an order that was cancelled part way through. But when Covid finally passes, we will see the Roaring Twenties all over again, at least for a couple of years. Next big coaster at a major theme park? 2022 perhaps, maybe for the KI 50th?
  11. The Abner Sureshot and Golden Lamb buildings didn't come along until 1975 or beyond. In the first year, we only had the buildings closest to the picnic ground fence (to hide the parking lot for the locomotive crew and the big propane tank) and two settlers' cabins (and those didn't get finished until June due to weather). The wedding scene appears to be Charlie Flatt's old cabin that was behind the three houses on the straightaway coming out of the loop. Again, this scene came from 1975 or beyond since Charlie still had an arrow sticking out of his chest when I left in 1973. The real Charl
  12. Definitely one of the last done. The train's enginehouse is in it's final location and the short trestle at the water tower is gone from the original I saw in 1971.
  13. Love walnut cabs. Baldwin used varnished walnut until 1879, then switched to painted ash when they went from "lake" (burgandy) to dark olive Baldwin green on their engines. There are Youtubes about how to paint "faux" wood. Who is volunteering to sneak in the enginehouse this winter? #12 always needed a red cowcatcher, domes, and front number plate. And I wouldn't mind buying the park some brass polish for that cap stack!
  14. The CI&LC clip showed engine #35, the "George Rogers Clark", which had a dark blue color scheme that is quite rare for Chance Manufacturing. The engines were actually numbered based on the order that Chance built them, so #35 was a fairly early build. After Coney, it was sold to Guntown Mountain at Mammoth Cave, KY (I got to run it one day!), and today I believe it is still stored and possibly for sale at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, KY. The other engine, #34 "Mad Anthony Wayne" is running at Oil Ranch in Hockley, TX. It had the stock Chance color scheme with light blue boiler, re
  15. Don's article noted that the management was surprised by the large size of the trains when they were delivered. Keep in mind that they were probably ordered in 1970, a year before either Busch Tampa or Six Flags over Mid-America opened in St. Louis. Nobody had ever seen a 5700# TE Crown before. The biggest parktrains the Taft/Coney people had seen were Disneyland (5/8 size models and small narrow gagers) and Six Flags over Texas (very small narrow gagers). Possibly they might have seen the 5/8 size trains built by Harpur of Six Flags over Georgia, the same size as Disneyland. Crown alread
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