For awhile, I have been researching this ride and found that there were a couple of missing pieces of information:
-What happened to the Sky Ride? There were rumors going around that it was shipped to another park across the ocean, but was it?
-What's left inside the Rhineland station?
After recently contacting Hersheypark and piecing some info together, I finally got this missing info.
-The Sky Ride now operates at Dream World Amusement Park in Thailand under the name of Cable Car.
As for the next question, Gary at Hersheypark kindly went out into the park and snapped these photos of the building:
As you can see, the new paint-job has made the building look brighter. From the exterior, you can still see that the floor slopes a little. This was to allow a catwalk to be added and for the buckets to easily enter the station.
Even though the entrance stairs have been removed, the exit stairs are still in place and show marks from when the ride operated. The path lamp and yellow paint on the stair-edges show it.
Welcome to the loft. This view is looking towards the ride exit (as you can tell by the numerous old exit signs). The concrete floor looks darker around the edges and to the far-left, it starts to form an arc. This shows where the machinery used to be. if you look closely by the dorrway, you can see footprints indicating which way to exit.
This is a view looking out towards the Carrousel and to where the buckets would've entered and exited the station. The patched-up concrete is where the cable would've headed down to the first floor which added tension to the cable.
Today, the second floor is used as a storage area for the park. Even though the building's paint scheme and Minetown station is gone, there are still many things that were left behid to show that there was a ride here.
Special thanks to Hersheypark for providing these photos.
Here's a link to the lod Hersheypark Crazy topic:http://z8.invisionfree.com/Hersheypark_Crazy/index.php?showtopic=9
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