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 Review of Pioneer Train @ Knoebels
0 Rating Posted by: gfh110 on 10/18/2010 8:59:00 PM
The Pioneer was my absolute favorite ride as kid because of my childhood fascination with trains. The namesake Pioneer engine is an Allan Herschel S-16 model. The park actually has two of them and many long-time visitors will know that the second S-16 was just a shell on static display until a few years ago when it was restored to operating condition. The park also has two Herschell G-16 diesel-styled engines. Unlike a good majority of park trains that meander through or around the edges of the park it serves, the Pioneer delves into the undeveloped woods outside the park. The Pioneer's claim to fame is its long, leisurely ride, a large loop through a forested area with many feeders for riders to spot squirrels and other animals, and the section that goes straight through the supports of the Twister. The Pioneer is a surprisingly popular ride at Knoebels and it's not uncommon to find the park running 3 trains simultaneously to keep the wait times down. Also, it's something of a tradition for riders to hoot and holler as the train goes through the two tunnels. All of the equipment and rolling stock is kept in plain sight and the ride tends to be operated by bespectacled old gentlemen in oily overalls who look like they should be working on a real railroad. Truly a classic ride in a classic park.
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