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    Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    Just a pair of photos recently scanned that I thought made kind of fitting bookends:


    Cascade Peak and a new section of track for the Mine Train expansion being built, 1960


    Demolition of natural arch bridge, 1977

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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    Now, that's just plain sad...
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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    I wish I could have experienced this ride. Thanks for sharing a start and finish.
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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    What a great find, thanks for posting. Amazing to see and yet deeply saddening too.
    The two photos were taken at locations close to each other, I think both are looking south.

    The train went clockwise around Cascade Peak, then through a tunnel, then onto the trestle over Bear River. The first picture shows that trestle. The bears were in the water below the trestle. One of the bears was swimming in a figure-8 pattern. The tunnel opening that you see behind the scaffolding is the same tunnel opening you see today, on the left, if you walk from Big Thunder Mtn. RR. to Big Thunder Ranch. The train would have been coming towards the camera.

    If you walked north from that spot, under the Natural Arch Bridge then stopped and turned around, you would be where the second photo was taken. The Mine Train went under the bridge and the Pack Mules went over the bridge (from right to left in this shot). If you were lucky you passed under the bridge just as a group of mules were going over it and you could wave to the people on the mules.

    Personally I think they should have just left everything there, if they had to stop running the train they could have left the area as a walk-through land with shows, shops and restaurants and the scenery that was built for Nature's Wonderland instead of Big Thunder Ranch.

    Thank you for posting these rare photos.

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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    nice pictures. indeed very sad to see. would u happen to have any more pics to the construction/demolition?

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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    This is a total troll but it was a funny thought The captions should read:



    When Walt was alive


    When Walt was gone

    yes yes i know thunder mountain blabla etc :P

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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    Aargh!

    I miss this ride so!
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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    ^ +10
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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    nice pics. thanks.

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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    I bet it would've happened if Walt was there too.
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    ^ -10
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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    Merely saying, if something no longer drew crowds or was in less optimal shape, during his lifetime, Walt changed it for something that worked. May have re-done or revamped the ride, or done even a faster-paced experience with new effects. Doubtful if he had lived through the seventies, the Mine Train would still be there in exact same condition as he installed it in 1960. Just an observation.

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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    Nothing like a great archaeological find to make all the old dinosaurs like me come running. Great to see construction in Frontierland. Even if it's just a pic from its glorious past. Great counterpoint. Well done.

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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    I have very fond memories of the Mine Train.

    I have even fonder memories of Big Thunder, though.

    Still, GREAT pics!!
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    Re: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland: Construction and Demolition

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post

    Personally I think they should have just left everything there, if they had to stop running the train they could have left the area as a walk-through land with shows, shops and restaurants and the scenery that was built for Nature's Wonderland instead of Big Thunder Ranch.
    Since the ranch and barbecue joint reside in the pocket of land that was added when the DLRR was re-aligned ... what "Natures Wonderland" items were you thinking?

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