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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. When we opened on 4/29/1972, the two bare settlers cabins had been built (I watched them go up in March on very cold Saturdays when we were shaking down the brand new trains), but there was nothing else out there but mud and weeds. Then they started bringing in the old Coney animation, starting with the beaver that cut down the tree at the little pond as we started around the horseshoe curve. It took a while to get the controls timed and sometimes the tree popped back up as soon as the frustrated beaver tipped it over. At other times, it was already down and popped up in his face. Along th
  9. I wonder how the eagle ended up on the top of the headlight? He was on the sand dome when I was there.
  10. I dare you to find a KI map from 1971, before the park opened. A college buddy who worked at Coney had one and I wish I would have begged him for it. I would guess they made VERY few of them, probably for employees. I don't remember much about it, but I do remember a couple things that were later changed on the train ride, such as the location of the enginehouse and a second small trestle where the canoe pond would have extended behind the water tower.
  11. As one of the original employees from April 1972, I still have my first year souvenir cartoon map of the park that you see on the internet. But there was one that was published BEFORE the park ever opened. A college buddy who had worked at Coney in 1970 and 1971 had one, and how I wish I had it today. I can't remember many things that changed before the park opened, but I do remember that the canoe pond extended behind the water tower and the train crossed it on a curved trestle. I also remember that the train shed was in the picnic grounds next to the log flume instead of inside the railr
  12. Basically we used to highball across the trestle hooked up, then shut off and coast until you felt the engine lunge to the right of the first big curve, and that was your cue to drop her in the corner and start digging in for the 1% climb. I never worked steam into the beginning of that curve behind the coach storage, I let momentum get the drivers into it so I wasn't shoving the track sideways. In 1972, we had problems with shaving metal off the insides of the rails due to the track gage being laid too tight. This held the wheels slightly off the rails (we were basically running on the fil
  13. The train has always run clockwise and the rail "walks" around the loop since the loco's wheels are always pushing backwards on it. Every year things need to be realigned, and maybe even a bit of rail taken out to compensate. We proposed at one time to put a crossover on the double track so we could equalize the wheel wear by running the other way, but the water tower prevented that being practical. Since the left side of the coaches are open, the intent was to put the trestle walkway only on that side, but the carpenters put it on the wrong side so they had to add the second one. I walked
  14. Well, I posted this, and then it refreshed to the next page and I saw someone got it!!!!! Way to go, Ty. The guess at the new restrooms between Rivertown and Antique Autos was VERY close! Yes, they were put up mid season in 1972. But before they broke ground on that building, they found that they had to rush an expansion on the women's side of the restroom between Rivertown and HB land. If you look at the pic I posted at the beginning of 1972 and the one from October 1972, you will see an extra cube on the back of it next to the small flume. The men probably didn't even notice. And of
  15. Nope. Next clue: Not all of the guests appreciated it, in fact it was probably less than half of them.
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