Saturday, July 27, 2013
If I told you that there was an amusement park called "Astroworld", what do you picture in your head? If you said, "An old-timey train", then you are some kind of genius!
Today's slides are undated - maybe from the early 1980's, although the paint scheme matches early photos (such as this Viewmaster scan that I posted years ago)... later pictures seem to show different paint jobs. There were two locomotives built for Astroworld, both 5/8 scale replicas of the famous Civil War loco called "The General" (familiar to Buster Keaton fans).
The 610 Freeway surrounds the city of Houston, and the attraction was given the (humorous?) name "The 610 Limited". Engine #1 was called "Cannonball", and engine #2 was called "Spitfire". I'm not sure which one this is, with the green boiler jacket.
It's hard to tell, but the locomotive in this last picture looks to have a blue boiler jacket. Both trains are still around; Engine #1 belongs to the Pacific Coast Railroad in Santa Margarita (which is also the home to the original Disneyland "Retlaw One" passenger cars), while the #2 is undergoing slow restoration in Georgetown, California.
If anyone can glean any additional information from these images, I would love to hear what they have to say!