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Thats one of the sadder things about the loss of the Scenic Railway. After the pulling down of Cyclone in 2006 the UK woodie coaster is pretty much dead now. Apart from rides at Blackpool, Oakwood and Great Yarmouth theres very little of these unique rides left. A really big shame that this has happened to the coaster.

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It is a shame as it's the oldest woodie in the UK and only 1 of 2? that has a brake man onboard! :D

Yep, the other one being Rollercoaster at gt Yarmouth. I would'nt mind but it was a listed building :D

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Makes me really sad to see videos/photos of Scenic Railway on fire :D Its one ride I have been dieing to ride for years, and now will never be able to :D Another classic ride lost :D

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I had the chance to ride it quite alot when I was younger. It was a good ride, shame it was lost to a fire though. Hopefully it can be re-built again and turned into a heritage amusement park.

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The people from save dreamland campain say it is going to be rebuilt and should be operating next year I dont tinkit will be open next year maby for 2010 season when they say the heratage park will open.

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You know Sam I agree with you, this is one hell of a big and confusing build, especially with the trains.The other problem is with it being Grade 2, they can't use new wood, it has to be all reclaimed wood/steel etc :D But I guess, good luck to whoever takes on this huge task :D

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I really hope Dream Land is finally restored and can reopen next year. The scenic railway looked such a great ride before it was partially destroyed and hopefully it will reopen in 2015 once again.

The article is definitely an interesting and promising one.

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Excellent news...

I will happily visit there once they get this all up and running... I just hope they don't plan on making the Railway without a brakeman...

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I made my way up there today from Kent and was really impressed; very informative and the turnout was great. I already knew alot about the project as it was but seeing the site from the inside and talking/listening to the people behind it was well worth the trip up there. I will probably post a small trip report as soon as I am done uploading all the pictures.

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I just hope they don't plan on making the Railway without a brakeman...

Scenic Railway, sponsored by Kumbak.

Shivers.

I made my way up there today from Kent and was really impressed; very informative and the turnout was great. I already knew alot about the project as it was but seeing the site from the inside and talking/listening to the people behind it was well worth the trip up there. I will probably post a small trip report as soon as I am done uploading all the pictures.

Were there any visible plans for future attractions and the like? Did you get to see what sort of state the railway is really in? Wish I had known about this in advance.

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I did indeed. I am in the process of making a trip report now though it probably won't cover everything in detail.

In terms of the Railway, the sad truth is that it has deteriorated greatly in the time it has been closed. On first glance it doesn't look too bad but as you get closer you can see the real damage. Bits of the support structure have fallen off, the walkways seem unstable and clearly the station area was half destroyed by the fire. There is no doubt that a great deal of the wood will need replacing due to this lack of recent maintenance..

Apparently a tender to restore the Scenic went out today/yesterday and should hopefully be announced in the coming months. With their experience, it seems likely that Blackpool Pleasure Beach could be the ones who undertake the challenge.

As for future rides, I take it you mean ones that have been earmarked for stage 1? ;)

If so, a few rides from the original historic collection will be used. This should include the Caterpillar, The Whip, Corbire Wheel and the Flying Scooters. New acquisitions include a vintage Hurricane Jets ride, a juvenile car set, and possibly a waltzer. Apparently there should also be two classic/iconic Bembom rides returning though I am unaware of what these are. (Sadly, no concept art of these rides)

Sorry to hear you missed this one. It was advertised on BBC news and Meridian though I know quite a few people who would've liked to check it out for themselves but didn't find out until the last minute.

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Sorry to hear you missed this one. It was advertised on BBC news and Meridian though I know quite a few people who would've liked to check it out for themselves but didn't find out until the last minute.

Is a pity, seeing as I follow the project on facebook and subscribe to their email it is a shame nothing from them alerted me to it, maybe I've had my eyes closed. Pleased it was well attended though.

In terms of the Railway, the sad truth is that it has deteriorated greatly in the time it has been closed. On first glance it doesn't look too bad but as you get closer you can see the real damage. Bits of the support structure have fallen off, the walkways seem unstable and clearly the station area was half destroyed by the fire. There is no doubt that a great deal of the wood will need replacing due to this lack of recent maintenance..

Apparently a tender to restore the Scenic went out today/yesterday and should hopefully be announced in the coming months. With their experience, it seems likely that Blackpool Pleasure Beach could be the ones who undertake the challenge.

As for future rides, I take it you mean ones that have been earmarked for stage 1? ;)

If so, a few rides from the original historic collection will be used. This should include the Caterpillar, The Whip, Corbire Wheel and the Flying Scooters. New acquisitions include a vintage Hurricane Jets ride, a juvenile car set, and possibly a waltzer. Apparently there should also be two classic/iconic Bembom rides returning though I am unaware of what these are. (Sadly, no concept art of these rides)

I'm not surprised the railway has rotted, would be nice if someone with the expertise of PBBP help with the restoration, I imagine it would be easy to mess it up.

Can't wait to see how they present these classic rides. Wonder how much effort will go in to retro-restoration, as some had some fairly modern (and ugly (yes you, Millennium Bug)) jobs done on them. Hope to see them back in their full glory. Would be great to see something like the amount of love and care that goes into the Carters Steam Fair being applied here, it would be very easy to have this place looking cheap and tacky if they don't have the resources to do it properly.

An adult Whip is an awesome thing, that's probably what I'm looking forward to as much as anything.

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