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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2023 Crowds / Trip Reports
« on: March 20, 2023, 10:48:08 AM »
Yes - and it's been widened. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 19, 2023, 08:58:27 PM »
I took my daughter to see it.  There is a low fence, but the tree is still “running”.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 19, 2023, 05:44:18 PM »
We were waiting for a tram at the end of the day Thursday and a parking attendant got to chatting.  He said when it's all said and done (likely next year), people will NOT be directed to a specific lot and can park wherever they want.  He also said the shuttles/trams will run one continuous loop rather than going to one specific stop.  He did confirm that there will be two underpasses - one for pedestrians and one for trams. 

I know employees don't always have accurate info, but I thought I'd pass it along with a grain of salt.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2023, 08:10:01 PM »
Here are a few shots of FITH 2.0. It’ll blend in really nicely with the existing Fireman’s Landing.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2023, 08:05:02 AM »
Here’s a pano of the new Flossies and seating area.  They were painting the building yellow and working on roofing before the rain moved in.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2023, 08:01:16 AM »
New concrete pad for the little swings in Fireman’s Landing.

New foundations in Lake Silver. Could these be for the return of REJOICE? They seem to be too spaced out for anything structural like a wider walkway so I’m am guessing decorative.

Here are two pics from yesterday of the new foundations.  I was wondering what they were for, too

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: March 16, 2023, 08:14:11 PM »
Train crew had no ETA yesterday on when they might start operations

I see what you’re saying now - the app doesn’t list a year but the web version does.  Sorry!

For what it’s worth, the conductor at the station today said “a couple of weeks”.  I also saw an employee walking the tracks picking up branches.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: March 15, 2023, 08:59:28 AM »
I just noticed that the SDC app list the train’s operating season as March 16 - October 29.  Hopefully that’s a good sign that it’s returning this week.    🤞

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 18, 2022, 08:05:10 AM »
There’s barely enough room for a queue let alone a gift shop and why would they take photos on a coaster that will be mainly in the dark.  Seriously?

Honest question - why the attitude, Swoosh?  Your information is entertaining and I appreciate your posts, but I just don’t see the need for foul language or belittling others.  This is a fan site.  We’re all here to share our love of SDC.  Cheers.   

This feels a bit backwards… if I’m looking at it correctly, the load station and queue will be on the north / left side of the building, but the path opens from Fireman’s Landing on the south / right side.  Is that accurate?

Thanks for the great pics, MG.  We made it down three times last year (summer, pumpkins, and Christmas) but probably won’t get there this year.  I enjoy watching the progress. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 22, 2022, 10:52:13 AM »
Here's a quick picture of the FITH building from Hwy 76 on 4/21


The locomotives operating at Silver Dollar City are extremely rare industrial tank engines that originally worked for construction firms and quarries in Germany during the 1940s and 50s. They were all purchased and imported by Jim Valesh from Iowa who sold 4 locomotives to Silver Dollar City in the mid-late 60s. The locomotives purchased from Minnesota in 2016 also have ties to Valesh.

From the “it’s a small world” file, my mother-in-law worked for many years in the dental practice of Jim’s son, Keith.  Keith Valesh had a steam engine in his back yard that he ran for visitors on special occasions, including the local “Railroad Days” festival.

Oelwein made the news Thursday as television cameras recorded a special ride on the centennial railroad which will be a part of the celebration in June. The first load of passengers is shown in this picture as the engine and two cars move around the oval track. With a shrill blast from its steam whistle and a sound that told all people in Oelwein that it was ready to roll the Oelwein Centennial railroad made its first official journey around the railroad track that covers a half to threefourths of a mile in the area behind the residence of Dr Keith Valesh across from City Park. The journey was made slightly behind the announced schedule but everything went very nicely for a maiden voyage The two cars behind the puffing steamer were loaded with newsmen from area newspapers radio and television stations interspersed with some area residents who came by to recall earlier days when they were part of the for real railroad. Although there is still some work to be done on the laying of the track completion of a spur etc those on the train for the first time thoroughly enjoyed the ride as Dr Valesh dressed in the traditional garb of a steam locomotive engineer piloted the small tram around the oval. The event was part of a press day program sponsored by the REGISTER and radio station KOEL to publicize the Oelwein centennial in the area media. The industrial type steam locomotive built in Germany in 1935 burns coal to get 120 pounds per square inch of steam pressure. The unit is rated at about 40 horsepower according to Dr and the two cars are able to haul an estimated 30 persons each. Dr Valesh has been the owner of the engine for three years — Oelwein Daily Register, May 25, 1973

8 was built by Henschel & Son in 1935, #22631, as Grün & Bilfinger 8.  It was sold to James Valesh in 1963.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Silver Dollar City Purchased Land
« on: February 04, 2022, 08:58:13 AM »
On another note, was it ever implied what would happen after the 99 year lease ends?

Why do you think they bought so much land?

Can you elaborate on this?  Are you implying that they would build a new park to insure against losing their lease on the current land? 

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Past rides at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 19, 2021, 02:46:11 PM »
I have vague memories of a kiddie attraction on Lake Silver, roughly around 1986.  I believe there were three small structures built over the lake, similar in nature to Tom Sawyer's landing.  You could access one of the structures by climbing up a rope bridge from land.  I *think* it was next to the Gandy Dancer along the waterfront between the Lost River entrance and the current toy shop (which in my earliest memory was a basket shop).  Can anyone confirm or shed light on this? 

EDIT: I found this ( great description of what was apparently called Shanty Town.  I remember it fondly, along with the original iteration of Geyser Gulch. 

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