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The Comet

ACE Roller Coaster Landmark

 
 
The Comet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2019
1. The Comet Marker
Inscription.  American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes The Comet at The Great Escape as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance.

The Comet is an important example of historic coaster preservation. Originally opened at Crystal Beach Park in Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada, in 1948, its design integrated over half of the steel structure from the earlier Harry Traver-designed Cyclone, which has closed in 1946. Philadelphia Toboggan Company's Herbert P. Schmeck (1890-1956) created the new design with the assistance of John C. Allen (1907-1979). The Comet thrilled several generations of riders along the park's Lake Erie shoreline, until ceasing operation in September 1989.

While many feared the The Comet might be lost forever, Charles E. Wood (1914-2004), owner of The Great Escape Fun Park, purchased the ride at auction and quickly dismantled and moved the structure into storage. Reconstruction of the 94-foot high coaster began at The Great Escape in October 1993 under the supervision of J.R. Hyatt. Consulting engineers John Pierce and Frank Hardick assisted
The Comet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2019
2. The Comet Marker
Marker at the queuing line. The line will split between front and back riders as per their preferences.
in the project, while Martin and Vleminckx of Canada rebuilt the 4,197-foot long wood track.

Officially reopened on June 25, 1994, The Comet now sits in the shadow of the scenic Adirondack Mountains at the Great Escape in Lake George, New York. Although the setting has changed, the trills have been preserved for one of the world's greatest roller coasters.
 
Erected 2009 by American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE).
 
Location. 43° 21.079′ N, 73° 41.113′ W. Marker is in Queensbury, New York, in Warren County. Marker and roller coaster are on the grounds of Six Flags Great Escape amusement park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1172 US Route 9, Queensbury NY 12804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Believe It! The Comet (a few steps from this marker); This is "Porcellino" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Five Mile Run (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blind Rock (approx. 1.2 miles away); French Mtn. Hamlet (approx. 1.4 miles away); Military Road (approx. 1 miles away); Col. Williams Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away); Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr. (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queensbury.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Comet at Crystal Beach - You Tube. Including dismantling.
The Comet image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 26, 2019
3. The Comet
The train is about to descend. There were two trains running. There is only one lift hill. The course has no intermediate braking. The ride is absolutely relentless. The sign reads "since 1927" in reference to its prior configuration as The Cyclone.
(Submitted on August 29, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

2. Local News Broadcast of Comet Reopening 1994 - You Tube. Includes Charlie Wood. Has nasty background hum; old VHS technology. There are high quality newer videos on You Tube of the ride. (Submitted on August 29, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

3. The Comet - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 29, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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More. Search the internet for The Comet.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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