Monday, August 19, 2013

Gang Car Roller Coaster Ride

August 19, 2013
   Back from Durango and the Second Annual True West Railfest. Had a blast and uncovered some inside information regarding the filming of "Tombstone." More on that later.

   Here's a view of True West Railfest fans in one of the cars on the Presidential Train that left Durango, CO last Saturday, bound for Cascade and a spectacular lunch.

   Several of us had to make a quick getaway back to Durango to meet Michael Biehn (Johnny Ringo in "Tombstone") and do a run through for the stage show that evening. Al Harper commissioned a Gang Car to take us back down to Rockwood Station where they left a car for us.

I have to say this ride was wilder and more amazing than any roller coaster I have ever been on. Although it only went around 25 miles an hour, the sensation, and noise, made it seem much faster. Also notice there is no railing or straps to hang onto and when the two cars would run over railroad trestles there was nothing but straight-down to the river views, which was breath taking to say the least. The engineer stopped twice on the Highline where the drops are more like 800 feet and that was a thrill.

Here's the guy who is the Founder of The Feast, Mr. Al Harper:

   A great guy and a great host. We are already planning on next year's event and it's going to be even bigger and better. Mark your calendars for the second week of August, 2014.

"Teens, here's a classic prank you can do that'll have everyone laughing: Yell from a moving car."
—Bridger Winegar