The Comet's Last Stand
July 8th, 2012
The remains of Lincoln Park's Comet Roller Coaster. It's final day.
I really didn't want to go and photograph the remains of the Comet. To be honest, I have no connection to it. I have never even rode the Comet. But a friend called me and asked me if I wanted to go with him because he wanted to say his final goodbye to Lincoln Park...specifically the remains of the park's roller coaster called "Comet".
I could tell in his voice just how much this place meant to him. He didn't have a ride so we made a trip of it. The next thing I know I am actually climbing the remains of the Comet for a better view (mind you, I can't stand heights) and I quickly blast through a 64GB memory card.
I even climbed high enough to grab him a few light bulbs from the coaster's lighting system. We took the last of them. He was so happy, he broke down as we were leaving. The guy loved the place. Needless to say, I am glad he talked me into going. He was even able to snag a golf ball, a piece of the mini-golf's artificial turf, and a few screws that held down the coaster's track.
Got tons of images to go through...
Info on the Comet: "The Comet was a twister-layout wooden roller coaster that operated in the now defunct Lincoln Park in Massachusetts. It operated from 1946 until 1987.
The coaster was designed by Edward Leis and Vernon Keenan and built by the National Amusement Device Company. The ride was 3000 feet long, and had a top speed of 55 mph. One ride lasted two minutes and ten seconds. It had two trains, each with five cars, arranged with two per row, two rows per car, for a total of 20 riders per train.
The coaster was originally designed with five cars, but during the last years of its operation, the ride was shortened to four to allow the last carts to be used for spare parts. The ride continues to stand, though it's lifthill has been partially collapsed as of 2005. As of the winter of 2008, the Comet's station building has completely collapsed. The cause was most likely the result of either heavy snow or just rot."