TR: SCBB Cave Train grand reopening, 5-26-00

TR: SCBB Cave Train grand reopening, 5-26-00

Post by Locobo » Sun, 28 May 2000 04:00:00


Ill keep this short because Im pretty tired and I have to hit the
road tomorrow morning.  :-)  Today was the media day for the grand
reopening of the Cave Train at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (SCBB.)
The Cave Train was one of SCBBs classic dark rides and it has been
closed for refurbishment a few years now.  It reopened this morning
(5-26-00) at 10:00 AM.

        I arrived at SCBB around 9:45 AM and immediately headed over to the new
Riverwalk section of the park at the far end of The Boardwalk.  The
whole area was still under construction, but the star attraction, the
Cave Train, was operational.  The first train of the day, a test run by
the maintenance team that morning, got stuck on the very first curve
into the cave.  As they all tried to fix the problem, I wandered around
and took photos.

        The new Cave Train, renamed Cave Train Adventure, looks absolutely
gorgeous!  The colorful trains, made by Arrow Development (something I
didnt know before today) are just as I remembered them.  The battery
powered locomotives pull three open top cars.  Each car has four rows of
benches that accommodate three ***s per row.  Theyre more comfortable
with just two ***s per row though.

        The loading area is also a real knockout!  It is located roughly where
the original Cave Train boarding area was.  The Orient Express kiddie
coaster was removed and I dont know where it was today.  Last season it
was in the parking lot.  The Cave Train Adventure is roughly located
where the Orient Express was last season.  The new loading area is
across the tracks from the actual cave that the trains go through.  The
cave exterior looks awesome, with a small lake, waterfalls, a few
steaming volcanoes, and the large words CAVE TRAIN ADVENTURE molded
into the side.  It looks wonderful!  The dinosaur that used to poke its
head out from the pool of water on top of the old cave is not there
anymore.  They were still working on the exterior of the cave today and
lots of workmen were adding mortar to it.

        The Riverwalk section came with a casualty.  The cars are now gone
without a trace.  I dont know if theyre coming back, but I didnt see
any trace of them.  The Whirlwind is the only ride downstairs where the
Cave Train is.  That leaves a lot of room for other rides!  The rest of
the Riverwalk section is at the very far end of The Boardwalk next to
the San Lorenzo River.  Up there above the Cave Train Adventure and
below the Loggers Revenge, they have a Tornado (which isnt finished
yet,) a Zamperla Convoy ride like the semi trucks they have at Knotts
Berry Farm in Camp Snoopy, the teacup ride, the kiddie dragon ride, the
kiddie beep beep cars, and the kiddie boat ride.  The Crazy Surf has
been moved to the very border of the Riverwalk section, below the
Loggers Revenge, and right next to the railroad tracks that go parallel
to Ocean Street.  Overall its a very nice selection of family and
thrill rides.  :-)

        After the maintenance crew worked on the Cave Train, Ann Parker took
the stage and addressed the media and guests.  She made a nice speech
about the history of the Cave Train and how the new Riverwalk section
was one of the largest and most expensive Boardwalk projects to date.
The only other projects larger than the Riverwalk were the Giant Dipper
and the Loggers Revenge.

        As she talked, the maintenance crew fixed the problem with the train
and it was all ready to go!  The park served free Cave Cake and drinks.
Thanks SCBB!  Of course, every railroad has to have a golden spike
ceremony, and the Cave Train did too today!  A real gold spike was
driven into a railroad tie with a golden sledge hammer by one of the
SCBB managers.  (I cant remember his name.)  The golden spike was
driven into the track roughly where the tender sits when people are
boarding and disembarking from train.  It looks like that spike will
remain there for quite some time because it was driven in flush with the
tie.  After that, the first train was off and into the cave.  It made it
around that first sharp curve and it returned back to the station five
minutes later with cheering and applauding riders.

        I watched the engineer immediately hook up a compressed air hose to the
front of the locomotive when it stopped.  Because its a battery powered
locomotive, the Cave Trains use compressed air to power their whistles.
(Theyre not located on top of a roof somewhere like on Knotts Calico
Mine Ride.)  Since they dont have on board air compressors, the
engineers have to fill the compressed air tank manually with a hose
every time they pull into the station.

        As for the ride itself, its GREAT!  Its even better than it was
before!  Lots of the original cave people are still there, but theyve
been repainted in beautiful bright colors.  There are a lot of new cave
people and scenes as well.  They all are nicely painted and I especially
liked the amu***t park scene, complete with a prehistoric roller
coaster that goes in a circle.  Everything was repainted and it all
looked great.  The whole cave had a faint smell of fresh paint today.
:-D  The swirly-thing at the beginning was gone, but the poker playing
cavemen are back!  The dance club is back too, but now its a more
mellow ritzy club with a slow band playing.  (The Falling Stones have
changed their playlist I guess.)  There also is a new ending, with a
huge dinosaur.  I dont want to spoil everything, but I will just say
that they improved the Cave Train immensely, but it still has the cheesy
campy fun of the original.  The new version thankfully has a lot more
characters inside, plus it doesnt have those annoying blank walls of
the original.

        I rode Cave Train Adventure about 6 or 7 times today.  I would have
ridden it more, but they were only running one train so the waits were
around 15 to 20 minutes long.  (The second train will be operating
shortly.)  I never knew who made the locomotive and rolling stock on the
Cave Train, but I looked closely at the number plate and wheels of the
locomotive and I could see Arrow Development cast into them.  :-)

        So, thats what the new Cave Train Adventure is like.  Oh, I forgot to
mention that you do get a little tiny bit wet on it.  :-D  If you happen
to head over to The Boardwalk, make sure you stop by the Riverwalk and
take a few rides on it.  Its good old fashioned cheesy campy fun!  Its
so wonderful to see a park refurbish one of their classic attractions
instead of replacing it with the latest, greatest _______.  Thanks you
so much SCBB!  Thanks too for having us Cave Train fans at your party
today.  All this time I thought I was the only one that liked the Cave
Train.  I found out today that other than the Giant Dipper and the Loof
carousel, the Cave Train was one of the most popular rides at The
Boardwalk!  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to
email me.  (Especially considering that Im going to be out of town the
next several days.)  :-)

 
 
 

TR: SCBB Cave Train grand reopening, 5-26-00

Post by Mashe » Sun, 28 May 2000 04:00:00

As a certified fan of the original I must say, "Thank's for a fine TR". I
can hardly wait for my turn in the seat:-)


Quote:
> I'll keep this short because I'm pretty tired and I have to hit the
> road tomorrow morning.  :-)  Today was the media day for the grand
> reopening of the Cave Train at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (SCBB.)
> The Cave Train was one of SCBB's classic dark rides and it has been
> closed for refurbishment a few years now.  It reopened this morning
> (5-26-00) at 10:00 AM.

> I arrived at SCBB around 9:45 AM and immediately headed over to the new
> Riverwalk section of the park at the far end of The Boardwalk.  The
> whole area was still under construction, but the star attraction, the
> Cave Train, was operational.  The first train of the day, a test run by
> the maintenance team that morning, got stuck on the very first curve
> into the cave.  As they all tried to fix the problem, I wandered around
> and took photos.

> The new Cave Train, renamed Cave Train Adventure, looks absolutely
> gorgeous!  The colorful trains, made by Arrow Development (something I
> didn't know before today) are just as I remembered them.  The battery
> powered locomotives pull three open top cars.  Each car has four rows of
> benches that accommodate three ***s per row.  They're more comfortable
> with just two ***s per row though.

> The loading area is also a real knockout!  It is located roughly where
> the original Cave Train boarding area was.  The Orient Express kiddie
> coaster was removed and I don't know where it was today.  Last season it
> was in the parking lot.  The Cave Train Adventure is roughly located
> where the Orient Express was last season.  The new loading area is
> across the tracks from the actual cave that the trains go through.  The
> cave exterior looks awesome, with a small lake, waterfalls, a few
> steaming volcanoes, and the large words "CAVE TRAIN ADVENTURE" molded
> into the side.  It looks wonderful!  The dinosaur that used to poke its
> head out from the pool of water on top of the old cave is not there
> anymore.  They were still working on the exterior of the cave today and
> lots of workmen were adding mortar to it.

> The Riverwalk section came with a casualty.  The cars are now gone
> without a trace.  I don't know if they're coming back, but I didn't see
> any trace of them.  The Whirlwind is the only ride downstairs where the
> Cave Train is.  That leaves a lot of room for other rides!  The rest of
> the Riverwalk section is at the very far end of The Boardwalk next to
> the San Lorenzo River.  Up there above the Cave Train Adventure and
> below the Logger's Revenge, they have a Tornado (which isn't finished
> yet,) a Zamperla Convoy ride like the semi trucks they have at Knott's
> Berry Farm in Camp Snoopy, the teacup ride, the kiddie dragon ride, the
> kiddie beep beep cars, and the kiddie boat ride.  The Crazy Surf has
> been moved to the very border of the Riverwalk section, below the
> Logger's Revenge, and right next to the railroad tracks that go parallel
> to Ocean Street.  Overall it's a very nice selection of family and
> thrill rides.  :-)

> After the maintenance crew worked on the Cave Train, Ann Parker took
> the stage and addressed the media and guests.  She made a nice speech
> about the history of the Cave Train and how the new Riverwalk section
> was one of the largest and most expensive Boardwalk projects to date.
> The only other projects larger than the Riverwalk were the Giant Dipper
> and the Logger's Revenge.

> As she talked, the maintenance crew fixed the problem with the train
> and it was all ready to go!  The park served free Cave Cake and drinks.
> Thanks SCBB!  Of course, every railroad has to have a golden spike
> ceremony, and the Cave Train did too today!  A real gold spike was
> driven into a railroad tie with a golden sledge hammer by one of the
> SCBB managers.  (I can't remember his name.)  The golden spike was
> driven into the track roughly where the tender sits when people are
> boarding and disembarking from train.  It looks like that spike will
> remain there for quite some time because it was driven in flush with the
> tie.  After that, the first train was off and into the cave.  It made it
> around that first sharp curve and it returned back to the station five
> minutes later with cheering and applauding riders.

> I watched the engineer immediately hook up a compressed air hose to the
> front of the locomotive when it stopped.  Because it's a battery powered
> locomotive, the Cave Trains use compressed air to power their whistles.
> (They're not located on top of a roof somewhere like on Knott's Calico
> Mine Ride.)  Since they don't have on board air compressors, the
> engineers have to fill the compressed air tank manually with a hose
> every time they pull into the station.

> As for the ride itself, it's GREAT!  It's even better than it was
> before!  Lots of the original cave people are still there, but they've
> been repainted in beautiful bright colors.  There are a lot of new cave
> people and scenes as well.  They all are nicely painted and I especially
> liked the amu***t park scene, complete with a prehistoric roller
> coaster that goes in a circle.  Everything was repainted and it all
> looked great.  The whole cave had a faint smell of fresh paint today.
> :-D  The "swirly-thing" at the beginning was gone, but the poker playing
> cavemen are back!  The dance club is back too, but now it's a more
> mellow "ritzy" club with a slow band playing.  (The Falling Stones have
> changed their playlist I guess.)  There also is a new ending, with a
> huge dinosaur.  I don't want to spoil everything, but I will just say
> that they improved the Cave Train immensely, but it still has the cheesy
> campy fun of the original.  The new version thankfully has a lot more
> characters inside, plus it doesn't have those annoying blank walls of
> the original.

> I rode Cave Train Adventure about 6 or 7 times today.  I would have
> ridden it more, but they were only running one train so the waits were
> around 15 to 20 minutes long.  (The second train will be operating
> shortly.)  I never knew who made the locomotive and rolling stock on the
> Cave Train, but I looked closely at the number plate and wheels of the
> locomotive and I could see "Arrow Development" cast into them.  :-)

> So, that's what the new Cave Train Adventure is like.  Oh, I forgot to
> mention that you do get a little tiny bit wet on it.  :-D  If you happen
> to head over to The Boardwalk, make sure you stop by the Riverwalk and
> take a few rides on it.  It's good old fashioned cheesy campy fun!  It's
> so wonderful to see a park refurbish one of their classic attractions
> instead of replacing it with the latest, greatest _______.  Thanks you
> so much SCBB!  Thanks too for having us Cave Train fans at your party
> today.  All this time I thought I was the only one that liked the Cave
> Train.  I found out today that other than the Giant Dipper and the Loof
> carousel, the Cave Train was one of the most popular rides at The
> Boardwalk!  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to
> email me.  (Especially considering that I'm going to be out of town the
> next several days.)  :-)


 
 
 

TR: SCBB Cave Train grand reopening, 5-26-00

Post by mamoos » Sun, 28 May 2000 04:00:00

Great TR, Loco!  Glad you kept it "short"  [hee hee hee!]

Matthew

Quote:

>Ill keep this short because Im pretty tired and I have to hit the
>road tomorrow morning.  :-)  Today was the media day for the grand
>reopening of the Cave Train at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (SCBB.)
>The Cave Train was one of SCBBs classic dark rides and it has been
>closed for refurbishment a few years now.  It reopened this morning
>(5-26-00) at 10:00 AM.

> I arrived at SCBB around 9:45 AM and immediately headed over to the new
>Riverwalk section of the park at the far end of The Boardwalk.  The
>whole area was still under construction, but the star attraction, the
>Cave Train, was operational.  The first train of the day, a test run by
>the maintenance team that morning, got stuck on the very first curve
>into the cave.  As they all tried to fix the problem, I wandered around
>and took photos.

> The new Cave Train, renamed Cave Train Adventure, looks absolutely
>gorgeous!  The colorful trains, made by Arrow Development (something I
>didnt know before today) are just as I remembered them.  The battery
>powered locomotives pull three open top cars.  Each car has four rows of
>benches that accommodate three ***s per row.  Theyre more comfortable
>with just two ***s per row though.

> The loading area is also a real knockout!  It is located roughly where
>the original Cave Train boarding area was.  The Orient Express kiddie
>coaster was removed and I dont know where it was today.  Last season it
>was in the parking lot.  The Cave Train Adventure is roughly located
>where the Orient Express was last season.  The new loading area is
>across the tracks from the actual cave that the trains go through.  The
>cave exterior looks awesome, with a small lake, waterfalls, a few
>steaming volcanoes, and the large words CAVE TRAIN ADVENTURE molded
>into the side.  It looks wonderful!  The dinosaur that used to poke its
>head out from the pool of water on top of the old cave is not there
>anymore.  They were still working on the exterior of the cave today and
>lots of workmen were adding mortar to it.

> The Riverwalk section came with a casualty.  The cars are now gone
>without a trace.  I dont know if theyre coming back, but I didnt see
>any trace of them.  The Whirlwind is the only ride downstairs where the
>Cave Train is.  That leaves a lot of room for other rides!  The rest of
>the Riverwalk section is at the very far end of The Boardwalk next to
>the San Lorenzo River.  Up there above the Cave Train Adventure and
>below the Loggers Revenge, they have a Tornado (which isnt finished
>yet,) a Zamperla Convoy ride like the semi trucks they have at Knotts
>Berry Farm in Camp Snoopy, the teacup ride, the kiddie dragon ride, the
>kiddie beep beep cars, and the kiddie boat ride.  The Crazy Surf has
>been moved to the very border of the Riverwalk section, below the
>Loggers Revenge, and right next to the railroad tracks that go parallel
>to Ocean Street.  Overall its a very nice selection of family and
>thrill rides.  :-)

> After the maintenance crew worked on the Cave Train, Ann Parker took
>the stage and addressed the media and guests.  She made a nice speech
>about the history of the Cave Train and how the new Riverwalk section
>was one of the largest and most expensive Boardwalk projects to date.
>The only other projects larger than the Riverwalk were the Giant Dipper
>and the Loggers Revenge.

> As she talked, the maintenance crew fixed the problem with the train
>and it was all ready to go!  The park served free Cave Cake and drinks.
>Thanks SCBB!  Of course, every railroad has to have a golden spike
>ceremony, and the Cave Train did too today!  A real gold spike was
>driven into a railroad tie with a golden sledge hammer by one of the
>SCBB managers.  (I cant remember his name.)  The golden spike was
>driven into the track roughly where the tender sits when people are
>boarding and disembarking from train.  It looks like that spike will
>remain there for quite some time because it was driven in flush with the
>tie.  After that, the first train was off and into the cave.  It made it
>around that first sharp curve and it returned back to the station five
>minutes later with cheering and applauding riders.

> I watched the engineer immediately hook up a compressed air hose to the
>front of the locomotive when it stopped.  Because its a battery powered
>locomotive, the Cave Trains use compressed air to power their whistles.
>(Theyre not located on top of a roof somewhere like on Knotts Calico
>Mine Ride.)  Since they dont have on board air compressors, the
>engineers have to fill the compressed air tank manually with a hose
>every time they pull into the station.

> As for the ride itself, its GREAT!  Its even better than it was
>before!  Lots of the original cave people are still there, but theyve
>been repainted in beautiful bright colors.  There are a lot of new cave
>people and scenes as well.  They all are nicely painted and I especially
>liked the amu***t park scene, complete with a prehistoric roller
>coaster that goes in a circle.  Everything was repainted and it all
>looked great.  The whole cave had a faint smell of fresh paint today.
>:-D  The swirly-thing at the beginning was gone, but the poker playing
>cavemen are back!  The dance club is back too, but now its a more
>mellow ritzy club with a slow band playing.  (The Falling Stones have
>changed their playlist I guess.)  There also is a new ending, with a
>huge dinosaur.  I dont want to spoil everything, but I will just say
>that they improved the Cave Train immensely, but it still has the cheesy
>campy fun of the original.  The new version thankfully has a lot more
>characters inside, plus it doesnt have those annoying blank walls of
>the original.

> I rode Cave Train Adventure about 6 or 7 times today.  I would have
>ridden it more, but they were only running one train so the waits were
>around 15 to 20 minutes long.  (The second train will be operating
>shortly.)  I never knew who made the locomotive and rolling stock on the
>Cave Train, but I looked closely at the number plate and wheels of the
>locomotive and I could see Arrow Development cast into them.  :-)

> So, thats what the new Cave Train Adventure is like.  Oh, I forgot to
>mention that you do get a little tiny bit wet on it.  :-D  If you happen
>to head over to The Boardwalk, make sure you stop by the Riverwalk and
>take a few rides on it.  Its good old fashioned cheesy campy fun!  Its
>so wonderful to see a park refurbish one of their classic attractions
>instead of replacing it with the latest, greatest _______.  Thanks you
>so much SCBB!  Thanks too for having us Cave Train fans at your party
>today.  All this time I thought I was the only one that liked the Cave
>Train.  I found out today that other than the Giant Dipper and the Loof
>carousel, the Cave Train was one of the most popular rides at The
>Boardwalk!  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to
>email me.  (Especially considering that Im going to be out of town the
>next several days.)  :-)