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Here is some videos on the history of a Kings Island’s Railroad, enjoy: 

 

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On 10/2/2019 at 12:23 PM, SonofBaconator said:

Beat me to it! I'm excited for this and it might warrant a trip out to KC. I'm happy Cedar Fair works with steam locomotives and just doesn't remove them or convert them to diesel.

The locomotive will be named Levi. I hope they restore it to its original color scheme of Orange/Red and Blue!

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https://www.worldsoffun.com/blog/2019/worlds-of-fun-railroad-update?fbclid=IwAR3_qPQ4pzQjQtqNrhekPzZlJkFN9B4Kh7VxApT4zsRqKu1IMMUoCUPnVLk

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http://parkfans.net/thread-1541.html

Please put it back to KD glory with the balloon Stack and the livery.

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I always wished KD would bring back their railroad. A lot of character was lost when the ride got removed. CF owning this locomotive gives me hope that it might return to KD one day.

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36 minutes ago, CoastersRZ said:

Where did the coaches from Kings Dominion end up?

Well the blue ones went to BGT and were painted yellow in the 90s. I can't remember if the orange/red ones went to Dry Gulch and were converted I believe. No clue where they are now.

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Just now, MillenniumforceMike said:

Does this locomotive appear crown to anyone else? It does to me. Quote me if i'm wrong.

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sorry about the four photos that was an accident. I deleted the other three and didn't know they would show.

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Looks like the second Harpur at Astroworld in Houston which I think is now in pieces on the backlot at Brook Rother's place in Georgetown, California.  Note the sand dome is the twin of the ill-fated General at Six Flags Over Georgia.  Its mate is operating at the Pacific Coast RR on Rob Rossi's ranch in California.  Bob Harpur built nice engines (off of the design of Disney's first two).  Sad to see it rust.  It spent a bit of time in Laramie, Wyoming and then the Durango roundhouse museum  At Astroworld it was called the 610 Limited due to the I-610 expressway that passed the park.

 

The other KD Crowns were indeed converted to closed coaches at Dry Gulch.  They are now stored in a somewhat secret location under roof awaiting an official announcement about their new home where the public will be able to ride them again.  Have patience, it will be worth it.  The enginehouse at WOF is a one stall, head in metal barn, on a long spur behind a theatre.  No car shed.  Hopefully with two engines, they will spend a few nickels on a nicer facility.

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So if you have gone to Kings Island this year or any from now on, you might notice the KI&MVRR billboard during the ride on Kings Mills Autos.

The ride advertises the two beautiful crown locomotives at the other side of the park. But if you notice something, the locomotive on the billboard which is No. 12 aka Kenny Van Meter or Tecumseh, the stack is the original stack it carried from 1972 to when it was taken off. spacer.png 

It is really awesome to see Kings Island show it's railroad history.

If you notice anything else on the billboard that I don't notice, please let me know.

P.S. The billboard photo is mine.

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Losantiville (the original name of Cincinnati) was replaced in 1973 with Palmersville, named after rides director Don Palmer, who later went to Kings Dominion.  It lasted only a short time.  Two of the pictures were taken in 1973, with Don's father-in-law Ernie Greene firing on the trestle (I'm standing behind him wearing the wristwatch on the gangway).  He threatened Don that if he ever got fired, he would take his daughter back.  I am the fireman looking at the canoes in the second picture.  That one was taken early in 1972 because the headlight bracket is still blue, the whistle is right behind the bell (blew hot water all over everyone and it was the FIRST thing we changed since the blue paint turned orange when the water hit it), the wood was piled horizontally on the tender, the propane bottles are still white, and the roof ventilators were aluminum (all of those show in full size versions of that postcard).  The painters' union was never too happy with us repainting all of that but we did it anyway since we were out in the woods away from everyone where no one ever saw us.  Lew Brown had a private kingdom back then.

 Whomever painted the new sign at the antique autos did a great job, with one glaring error.  Something REALLY important is missing off the station.  Anyone see it?

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24 minutes ago, kimv1972 said:

Losantiville (the original name of Cincinnati) was replaced in 1973 with Palmersville, named after rides director Don Palmer, who later went to Kings Dominion.  It lasted only a short time.  Two of the pictures were taken in 1973, with Don's father-in-law Ernie Greene firing on the trestle (I'm standing behind him wearing the wristwatch on the gangway).  He threatened Don that if he ever got fired, he would take his daughter back.  I am the fireman looking at the canoes in the second picture.  That one was taken early in 1972 because the headlight bracket is still blue, the whistle is right behind the bell (blew hot water all over everyone and it was the FIRST thing we changed since the blue paint turned orange when the water hit it), the wood was piled horizontally on the tender, the propane bottles are still white, and the roof ventilators were aluminum (all of those show in full size versions of that postcard).  The painters' union was never too happy with us repainting all of that but we did it anyway since we were out in the woods away from everyone where no one ever saw us.  Lew Brown had a private kingdom back then.

 Whomever painted the new sign at the antique autos did a great job, with one glaring error.  Something REALLY important is missing off the station.  Anyone see it?

I’ve always been curious about the Palmersville sign after seeing it in so many photos from that era. Do you know when it was replaced by the current Losantiville sign?

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1 hour ago, kimv1972 said:

Something REALLY important is missing off the station.  Anyone see it?

Are you referring to the Losantiville sign under the trestle? 

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Yep, they left out the station sign on the end of the covered platform.  Don moved to KD in '74 to get it up and running, so the sign likely didn't last past then.

 

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18 hours ago, SonofBaconator said:

It's been a while since I created a new chapter and I'm working on hamering a few out sometime soon.

In the meantime check out this subreddit I created for Cincinnati transportation. It has some good content and we're always looking for new content and members!

https://www.reddit.com/r/CincyTransportation/

I look forward to seeing your next post!

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Something I want Cedar Fair to start doing is looking at some of their parks and seeing if they can have railroads. Kings Dominion and Carowinds lost theirs and I honestly think its feasible to bring at least one of them back, if not both, in some capacity. 

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On 1/31/2020 at 1:15 PM, MillenniumforceMike said:

Also. Where did Carowinds 2/Neverland Ranch 1 end up?

No clue, I'll look into it

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