If I remember correctly, Bob Cortmell's book "The Great American Scream
Machine" mentioned the Puritas park coaster. I remeber that it was a ravine
coaster and that only the loading station was visible from the main park. I
also seem to remember that some guy in the greater Cleveland area did a model
of the coaster on his train layout. I do remeber for sure that the coaster was
on some type of Smithsonian list called "Great Lost Coasters". I also remeber
that just before Cartmell published his book, he visited the coaster ruins and
some pictures were taken that are included in the book.
If anyone is visiting these ruins this summer, let me know. I live about 1 and
a half hours from Cleveland (Fremont) and will (hopefully) be at CWRU in the
One more thing; Does anyone have any info on a coaster study that the
Smithsonian did about 15 years ago? I heard a rumor that they performed one,
but I never heard from them when I wrote and asked about it.
Enjoy the Rails,