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Old June 28th, 2011, 11:01 AM
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As the Krofft brothers did some theming on the Fiesta Train, were they also doing theming on Runaway Mine Train? That great waterfall...was it there from the beginning?
The Log Ride was the only other attraction which received any remodeling from the Krofft brothers.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 01:25 PM
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The Log Ride was the only other attraction which received any remodeling from the Krofft brothers.
They also designed the puppet theater. Not exactly a ride, but indeed an attraction.

Not actually sure about the waterfall. I know I've seen some of the pictures that appear to be from the late 60's-early 70's (judging by guests' fashions).
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Old June 28th, 2011, 01:53 PM
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Dallas Morning News
July 24, 1966
Run-A-Way Train Doesn't : Riders Walk-A-Way As Six Flags Vehicle Stalls
Kent Biffle


"There are plans to send the train across a burning bridge (perpetually aflame from buane nozzles), through a waterfall, and into the jaws of a giant rock-crusher."
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Old June 28th, 2011, 09:31 PM
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Wait, you mean proper "ride theming"?? Sorta like Silver Dollar City?? (yes the trip report is overdue. I'm going to write it up tomorrow.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 08:29 AM
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After the curve out of the station, there is a transfer shed with two tracks side-by-side; the right-side one is used for regular operation, the one on the left for storage. The entire shed does indeed move for transferring.

The one on the left also lines up to an upper-level shed that is strictly for storage when the track is in operation position. When the shed is moved with the left-side track in operating position, the right-side track lines up with another storage shed.

The track on the left is the upper-left storage shed; the one on the right is the other storage track. Both are now roofed.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 10:07 AM
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Thanks, Krista!
Does the right track have any special features, etc?
I finally found two closeups of the sliding mechanism (before there was a shed to cover it), from the Scott L. Jordan collection.









Thanks.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 08:05 AM
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The only track to have anything "special" about it is the upper left storage track, that has a cable winch to hold a stored train in place.
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Yup, it's where we kept Merv when he would get a wild hair and get out of hand....
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Old June 30th, 2011, 03:57 PM
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Besides straightening the main track through the train storage area, I can only recall one other section that's been reprofiled, the curve right before engaging the final hotel lift. It used to slam you abruptly to the left, but it was smoothed out sometime in the 90's. And I recall still bracing myself for that sudden jolt for years afterwards, mostly out of habit. Hey, painful memories die hard.
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Wait, you mean proper "ride theming"?? Sorta like Silver Dollar City?? (yes the trip report is overdue. I'm going to write it up tomorrow.
Well, hurry it up then, bubba!

SDC has awesome theming and rides to match. Powder Keg looks like a fun family coaster, plus I like the way that it incorporated part of the old coaster in that same spot.
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