Finally Found the Safari Ghost Train!
I've never forgotten my trips to Clacton Pier in the 70s and 80s and ever since I got the internet, I have been trying to find pictures depicting the Pier and rides from those eras.
One of the earliest things I remember seeing was what I've remembered as the "Safari Ghost Train". After 10 years, I've finally, finally found a portion of it!
The image actually depicts the "Flying Coaster" (incidentally, there is also a picture of a Flying Coaster at Great Yarmouth, in front of the old Giant, Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and the Scenic painted as it used to be), with only part of the frontage visible. Maybe the ride was actually called "Haunted Safari" or "Ghost Safari"?
What a strange feeling to see something I have not gazed upon for 25+ years...!
http://www.nfa.dept.shef.ac.uk/history/rides/coaster.html (it's right at the bottom of the page.)
Another Pier history link: http://www.geocities.com/tiylaya/locations/full_pages/tp_locations_clacton.htm
PS - the first site is a goldmine for old images of Clacton, Great Yarmouth, Bottons, Blackpool, Margate etc.
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It's a great site alright with wonderful pictures.
Graeme, what a great find! I know Kennywood still has theirs. :)
> Graeme, what a great find! I know Kennywood still has
> theirs. :)
What, their Flying Coaster flat ride?
Incidentally, I guess my nostalgia on tnis subject may be hard to understand. The reason I'm so fascinated with Clacton Pier in that era is because I caught the tail end of the 70s. Then they changed many of their rides for the 80s. Sure, I would like to see more of the 80s, but naturally, I remember that slightly better, and I actually have two photos of it (mainly the Vekoma Whirlwind).
This, on the other hand, is the first evidence I have ever had that anyone even took photos on the Pier in the 70s! Strange, but true.