Santa Clara Tidal Wave / Greased Lightnin' signs today...

All about the rides at Marriott's GREAT AMERICA and post-Marriott rides, too
Post Reply
User avatar
steven
Site Admin
Posts: 553
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:12 pm
Contact:

Santa Clara Tidal Wave / Greased Lightnin' signs today...

Post by steven » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:10 am

I requested that the Santa Clara park (Paramount's Great America -- PGA) donate the signs to the collection of the Roller Coaster Museum project. They were shipped last year to west Texas for storage at Larson International, a ride manufacturer -- builder of PGA's Flying Eagles ride. At a recent Texas ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) event, items for the museum were displayed. You can see the PGA Greased Lightnin' sign in the back here:
http://www.acesouthcentral.org/PhotoGal ... ?pos=-3051

Here you can still see the Greased Lightnin' sign as well as the original Marriott Tidal Wave sign (faded) at the back and below it is one of the original Marriott exit signs that remained in use in the station through 2002:
http://www.acesouthcentral.org/PhotoGal ... ?pos=-3071

Additional views are here:
http://www.acesouthcentral.org/PhotoGal ... ?pos=-3073
http://www.acesouthcentral.org/PhotoGal ... ?pos=-3074 -- best view of Tidal Wave sign here
http://www.acesouthcentral.org/PhotoGal ... ?pos=-3075
http://www.acesouthcentral.org/PhotoGal ... ?pos=-3085

I also requested that PGA donate the Stealth sign. I packed up the letters of the sign myself for shipment. They're not seen in the photos here, though.

Check the rest of that photo gallery for photos of Astroworld's Greezed Lightnin' that, thankfully, will be refurbished and returned to service at a new west Texas home. Also there you can see a section of the Texas Cyclone that was donated to the Roller Coaster Museum collection.

I was very happy to see that "my" items from Santa Clara are in the collection. There was concern that the Tidal Wave sign might have to be destroyed because it had some termites that threatened the other museum pieces. I'm glad to see that they apparently took care of the termites and saved the sign. It does need a lot of restoration work, but it can be restored.

Please join me in supporting the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives project.

Steven

Greezed Lightening
Gulf Coaster
Posts: 43
Joined: Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:40 pm

Post by Greezed Lightening » Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:37 am

Which Texas park will get Greezed Lightening? Is there any way we could get it to PGA instead?

User avatar
jonrev
Tidal Wave
Posts: 428
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2005 12:42 pm
Location: Grayslake, Illinois
Contact:

Post by jonrev » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:21 am

Greezy from SFAW is going to Joyland park in Lubbock Texas.

Greezy from PGA will never run again. It's loop is being used on Greezed Lightning at SFKK (which is also Tidal Wave from SFGAm).
Gurnee Ride Op - 2007

User avatar
redfishpaw
Tidal Wave
Posts: 510
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:58 am
Location: Milwaukee
Contact:

Post by redfishpaw » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:52 pm

Why is the loop At SFKK being replaced with the other loop?

User avatar
steven
Site Admin
Posts: 553
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:12 pm
Contact:

Post by steven » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:15 pm

Did anyone notice the Tidal Wave / Greased Lighnin' signs in the photos? That was the subject of the thread.

Also, you can click on each photo in that gallery to view a full-sized version of the image.

Steven

User avatar
BrianPlencner
Tidal Wave
Posts: 209
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:07 pm
Location: Carpentersville, IL
Contact:

Post by BrianPlencner » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:49 pm

Steven,

I did notice them. Hopefully, the Tidal Wave sign can be restored. I also liked seeing the rest of the other items on display.

Thanks for sharing!

--Brian
===========================================
Mr. Brian Plencner
SFGAm Employee: 1988-1992

User avatar
redfishpaw
Tidal Wave
Posts: 510
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:58 am
Location: Milwaukee
Contact:

Post by redfishpaw » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:25 am

The sign links do not seem to be working this morning. But I did get a chance to catch them yesterday. I was wondering how the Tidal Wave got be so faded in the first place.

User avatar
that_guy
Tidal Wave
Posts: 482
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:10 pm
Location: Pacific Grove, California

Post by that_guy » Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:12 am

^The California sun :) ...
or it just wasn't cared for...
or it was left in some storage area exposed to the sun...
Now your making me curious...
The rides are GREAT, the shows are GREAT, the fun is GREAT, at Marriott's Great America! REMEMBER Marriott's GREAT AMERICA, REMEMBER Marriott's GREAT AMERICA!

User avatar
redfishpaw
Tidal Wave
Posts: 510
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:58 am
Location: Milwaukee
Contact:

Post by redfishpaw » Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:05 am

The links are working again. Enlarging the photos helps, I can see all three signs now. Before it was hard to see the GL sign in front of the tin lizzie. I think the Tidal wave sign looks pretty cool, it would be neat to see it in person. Thanks for sharing the photos

User avatar
SFGAmfreak4life
Willard's Whizzer
Posts: 148
Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2005 1:38 pm
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact:

Post by SFGAmfreak4life » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:33 pm

Im happy to see that the sign was saved. I hope the sign will be restored in the future. Thanks for sharing!

User avatar
imdaman
Willard's Whizzer
Posts: 101
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:47 pm

Post by imdaman » Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:38 pm

Steven, thanks for posting the tidal wave video and the pics of the sign. I'm really glad you were able to get the all those signs saved, and thanks for working with PGA to save items rather than just throwing them out!

User avatar
that_guy
Tidal Wave
Posts: 482
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:10 pm
Location: Pacific Grove, California

Post by that_guy » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:55 pm

This reminds me...

Steven,
Did you ever think of donating one of your Sky Whirl cabins?

and
What is that status of this project, are all of these cool items going anywhere?
The rides are GREAT, the shows are GREAT, the fun is GREAT, at Marriott's Great America! REMEMBER Marriott's GREAT AMERICA, REMEMBER Marriott's GREAT AMERICA!

User avatar
steven
Site Admin
Posts: 553
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:12 pm
Contact:

Post by steven » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:29 am

The museum items are being collected and stored at a couple of locations. The Roller Coaster Museum is a serious project and a lot of work is being done to make it a reality. Meanwhile, items for the collection are being saved as they become available in advance of the museum actually being built.

National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives

Oh, and the Sky Whirl cabins aren't so relevant to roller coasters, so I haven't thought of donating any of them.

Steven

User avatar
Arrow Guy
Gulf Coaster
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:23 am
Location: Hilliard, Ohio
Contact:

Post by Arrow Guy » Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:10 am

Steven, thanks for sharing those pics! Amazing that some things were saved. I cannot believe some of the thing I see in those pics, namely the City Jet trains I just rode a couple years ago at Gillians! And WOF's Arrow. :(

While on the topic of saving coaster items........I have long wondered what happened to the "waves" that lined the launch on both shuttles. Were any saved? I've never heard anyone mention them. It wouldn't be too hard to make one (with chase lights of course). Anyone know?
Brad Sherman
Coaster modeler and overall park addict
Only 3 hours from Gurnee's Tidal Wave!

Post Reply