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Old February 6th, 2014, 05:50 PM
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Howdy All,

Hope everyone is keeping warm with all the chilly weather about! The SFOT Railroad facebook page has a ton of great pictures up taken when the trains were turned in 1987, but the thought crossed my mind that I have never seen any documentation from when they were turned in the 70's.

As far as I can tell, the trains started out in the direction that they run today, going clockwise. Then some time after at least '65-'75 they were turned to go counter clockwise. One thing I have discerned is that they were turned to go counter clockwise before getting the new steel cabs, as can be seen in this photo of Patton.

Anybody have an exact date on when they were turned the first time or a more narrow date range, and photos to go along with it? Forgive me if this has been discussed already, I searched the forums and couldn't find much info.

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Old February 6th, 2014, 06:11 PM
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There were first turned before the 1973 season.
That is the year that Good Times Square opened.

In addition to turning the trains, they were configured so that they could be loaded from either side, as GTS Depot was outside of the tracks.
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Old February 6th, 2014, 06:51 PM
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Awesome, thanks for the info! That definitely makes sense.
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Old February 6th, 2014, 09:50 PM
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I'm wondering how long it will take Cameron to see this thread...he'll have the answer (and then some)
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Old February 9th, 2014, 04:13 PM
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My note is wrong. The trains were turned back to clockwise after 1988. I have pictures from that year and they were still counter clockwise.

Someone somewhere said '89.

I don't know if it was related, but the carousel was finished and the Good Time bridge removed about that time too.

Also, if I remember correctly, Bob Barrett said something about he started firing going ccw.

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Old February 17th, 2014, 03:51 PM
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It was definitely between 88 and 89. I was a conductor those two seasons and the new direction was the reason that a new spiel was needed and the spiel I wrote wound up being used for a couple seasons.

I don't know for sure when the first reversal happened.
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I do remember the turn.....I was training on the engine during HIP in '88!!
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Thanks for the clarifications! Everyone in maintenance said 72-73 because someone in management wanted something new for GT. But, then there was the hill...
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Thanks for the clarifications! Everyone in maintenance said 72-73 because someone in management wanted something new for GT. But, then there was the hill...
Guess it was hard to say which on was worst......no matter what direction it ran you had a tough hill.......goodtimes to hobo junction or batman theater to texas......they are both pretty good climbs!!
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