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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

A Marvelous Time Was Had by All

A Marvelous Time Was Had by All

On the Scenic Railway at the Newsboys’ Picnic in Cincinnati, August 1908. A marvelous time was had by all. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Give Me a Brake

Notice the man that seems to be higher than everyone else in the center of the train. He is the brakeman. That was a feature of scenic railway type rides.

Still thrilling at Coney

Coney Island is still alive and thrilling kids of all ages just east of Cincinnati, Ohio. Check out "classic rides" under attractions to see the "Python" steel coaster on their website...
http://www.coneyislandpark.com/

Coaster

A quick check on the rollercoaster database www.rcdb.com shows the park to still be open. Only one coaster is operating now and it is steel.

Only one coaster was listed for 1908 called Figure 8 after the track layout. Scenic Railroad was a generic name for early coasters.

Not much description is give outside of the usual stats. http://www.rcdb.com/id2032.htm

Coney Island???

I went to Coney Island when I was a kid. I think this picture was taken there.

[It was taken there - at an amusement park in Cincinnati called Coney Island, on the banks of the Ohio River. - Dave]

 
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