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Our member Daved Thomson sent us a YouTube link of a great video on Arrow water rides. The video contains footage of the Log Flume's original but removed spillwater drop (at 0:30). The video and some screenshots are below. Thanks Daved!

 

 

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It also talks about how concrete track is less expensive than a fiberglass trough and has a very brief view of the ground level Hyrdro Flume boats floating down river with the Great Train in the background!

 

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That was an interesting video.

 

Watching the video and thinking about how so many parks had a log flume, rapids and splashdown boat, I don't like that so many parks seem to be removing their log flumes and other water rides in recent years and I hope Sawmill Log Flume is still operating for at least another 20 - 30 years.

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Just like the M&Ms Skyway and advertisements at the fort and Dream Street station! Advertising can actually be fun.

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I am stunned by the amazing array of old photos that are posted on this site. You can recreate the history of just about any feature that was ever in this park. The older I get the more I am into history and recreating it through old photos and videos, so I am so glad that I found this site. I am also a civil engineer so threads like this discussing fluid dynamics of a flume ride is right up my alley. KUDOS to GAH and its members!

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That's THE beauty about this website: The old-school photos. Harry has done and continues to do a remarkable job with this site. By the way, I notice there are a lot of security cameras around different parts of the Log Flume. I don't recall there really being any back in the 70s and into the early 80s.

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At this point, I must have ridden log flume-type ride at a minimum of a dozen parks over the years, but probably a lot more.

 

Busch Gardens, Great Adventure, Dorney, Hershey, Great Escape, Knoebels, Playland, Dutch Wonderland, Marineland, etc.

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Log Flume flashback! Who remembers when the photo booth was at the top of the entrance and exit stars above the turntable? At first it had a temporary roof and then a permanent structure. The major problem was that the stand created a bottleneck because it didn't have any queue space causing exiting guests to backup onto the turntable.

 

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When were these photos taken?

 

Log Flume at GA still the best I've ever ridden. Busch Gardens in Tampa at No. 2, followed by the ones at Hershey Park and Magic Mountain.

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Log Flume construction photos!  First, the long removed back dip under construction and second, the logs have arrived!

 

Anyone else like me wish the dip still existed?  It would be like the dark "there's nothing in here but bees" portion of Splash Mountain.

 

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Yes, I wish it was still there as well. I never rode the log flume with the dip but tried it at Kennywood in 2013 and thought it was a fun element. I like Splash Mountain's version too, the first time I tried the ride I was surprised when the log went uphill.

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Look at the water level running thru it! 

 

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On 6/12/2020 at 8:08 PM, Sluggo77 said:

Why was the drop removed?  

 

It proved to be tricky for the boats to successfully negotiate on a routine basis and proved to throw the spacing off between logs.

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Having worked the log flume that first year it was tricky. But when it worked correctly it was fantastic!  How ever we would get power drains on the system. and the pumps would slow down or shut off. And all the stop dams on chut and spill way would come up backing up all the logs behind both. and lift one. Taking an hour to evca. and another to get it back up and running. Lots of fun!

 

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This article was mentioned before in a trivia question on this site but I learned today that this incident actually occurred on the much talked about "dip" which was removed from the flume.

 

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Interesting piece of trivia from a source who witnessed it first hand in 1974:

 

A helicopter was used to pour the Log Flume's concrete footers in the area where the track goes over water because the booms on the concrete trucks couldn't reach the footer forms.

 

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