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Scenic Railway

Description:  Built in 1910 at a cost of $25,000, the Big Scenic coaster had four double cars, each seating six to seven people. The cars received their power from an electrified center rail, in much the same way a subway car receives power from a third rail. The third rail drove the cars up the inclines, while gravity provided the source of power on the dips. The track ran for over forty-five hundred feet and the ride lasted 2 1⁄2 to 3 minutes.
Opened: 1910
Closed: 1944
Other Names: Big Scenic Railway, Scenic; Big Scenic; Switch Back Railway
Notes: It is believed that this is the same ride that the Schenck brothers operated at Fort George in New York. It was brought over to Palisades and rebuilt "upside down" to accommodate the terrain. It was destroyed in the fire of 1944.

A motorman in the front seat piloted the coaster, which could go either forward or backward.


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