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January 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dreamland Margate in England plans to reopen in 2013 as the world's first amusement park dedicated to last-of-a-kind historic thrill rides, including one of the world's oldest roller coasters. Located about 75 miles east of London, the waterfront amusement park hopes to attract 350,000 visitors annually with a collection of vintage rides that include a whip, caterpillar, haunted swing, fun house and shoot-the-chute water ride. PHOTOS: Dreamland Margate heritage amusement park in England Dating to 1863 as a dance hall, the seaside location that would become Dreamland Margate eventually added a circus menagerie, pleasure gardens and amusement rides.
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January 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dreamland Margate in England plans to reopen in 2013 as the world's first amusement park dedicated to last-of-a-kind historic thrill rides, including one of the world's oldest roller coasters. Located about 75 miles east of London, the waterfront amusement park hopes to attract 350,000 visitors annually with a collection of vintage rides that include a whip, caterpillar, haunted swing, fun house and shoot-the-chute water ride. PHOTOS: Dreamland Margate heritage amusement park in England Dating to 1863 as a dance hall, the seaside location that would become Dreamland Margate eventually added a circus menagerie, pleasure gardens and amusement rides.
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November 13, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
By early next century, old-style steam engines will take modern-day tourists on a trip through time, rumbling through working orange groves, stopping in historic old downtowns of Ventura County and dropping millions of tourist dollars on the local economy along the way. Shoppers and tourists, ferried by the slow-moving railroad cars winding through the Santa Clara River Valley, might meander through refurbished downtowns in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ventura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
By early next century, old-style steam engines will take modern-day tourists on a trip through time, rumbling through working orange groves, stopping in historic old downtowns of Ventura County and dropping millions of tourist dollars on the local economy along the way. Shoppers and tourists, ferried by the slow-moving railroad cars winding through the Santa Clara River Valley, might meander through refurbished downtowns in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ventura.
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July 4, 2006
July 4, 1893: The world's first electric-powered mountain railway opened above Altadena, with accompanying music from the Pasadena City Band, which rode in the first cable car from Rubio Canyon to Echo Mountain. White-knuckled passengers on the Mt. Lowe Scenic Railway held on tightly as the car began its ascent. At the base of Echo Mountain, some stopped to enjoy the amenities at the Rubio Hotel and pavilion.
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February 1, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Has a dispute between railroad hobbyists and Los Angeles parks officials derailed an ambitious plan to construct a 1 1/2-mile passenger train track between Griffith Park's Travel Town and the Los Angeles Zoo? City Recreation and Parks administrators have booted out members of the Southern California Scenic Railway Assn. who spent 16 years helping maintain Travel Town's tracks and rebuild an antique motorized trolley intended to carry visitors to the zoo.
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March 31, 2002 | Jane Engle
A new luxury railway company using vintage cars will begin tours of New England and Eastern Canada on June 7. The Acadian Railway Co., based in Houston, is the brainchild of Texan J.R. Parten, whose Train Collection Inc. has marketed fall and winter train tours of Mexico's Copper Canyon since 1993. Cars from the Mexican operation are being renovated and transferred north for the summer-to-fall New England and Canada tours.
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July 21, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.-- The campgrounds, picnic groves and trolley parks that proliferated in Pennsylvania and Ohio in the late 19th century have survived through lean times and changing tastes to become some of the oldest operating amusement parks in the U.S. Photos: Vintage rides and attractions at America's oldest amusement parks Like many of the oldest theme parks on my trip across America's Coaster...
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March 24, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Imagineering has begun installing the audio-animatronic figures in the new $100-million Little Mermaid dark ride at Disney California Adventure in advance of the attraction's June 3 debut. Photos : Concept art for the Little Mermaid dark ride In the last few weeks, crews installed a version of the evil sea witch, Ursula, which at 7 1/2 feet tall and 12 feet wide is one of the largest animatronics ever created by WDI. Located in the marquee scene of the dark ride, the Ursula figure can squash, stretch and bounce along to the music as she sings her big diva musical number, "Poor Unfortunate Souls.
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July 22, 1994 | JEFF PRUGH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They've been work-ing on the rail-road, all their Sat-ur-days . . . . * All aboard to Travel Town. On the dawn train. Save the window seats, if you will, for these 20 or so volunteers now arriving with their sleeves rolled up, mallets in hand, sandblasters and elbow grease at the ready. And please, Mr. Conductor, let them all ride free. These guys have paid their dues. They've unleashed enough energy, inspiration and affection for history these past 10 years to fill a boxcar or two.
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July 18, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa.-- My current  travels across the great American roller-coaster belt will put me aboard five of the oldest operating coasters in the world, including the very oldest at little Lakemont Park here in Altoona. Photos : View the 21 oldest roller coasters in the world I found the rough, rickety and rundown Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park to be the perfect throwback to the golden age of coasters, when thrills were raw and wild rather than neutered by lawyers and lawmakers.
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February 20, 1988 | Paul Dean
Here, in Griffith Park, would be the end of their lines. Silence for the snorting Southern Pacific express that once pulled a special for Teddy Roosevelt. Terminal rust for the little 1908 train that could and was hauling sugar cane that Sunday Pearl Harbor exploded. Here, to Travel Town, they were brought to die. "But this isn't the playground of derelicts anymore," Chell Hurdle said. He's beaming bright as a railroad headlight. "The city cares and has decided to do something.
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