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They just shut down the train. We were riding the green train and we're at the station in festa when they announced that the train ahead in new france was broken down and unable to move under it's own power.. so for now it's shut down

No clue if it's blue or red which is broken down.

*Edit* it's red which is broken
 
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Double post; but I walked to new france to inquire about the red train's status. Nothing critical, the handicap ramp malfunctioned and triggered the safety. So the train isn't allowed to move until it's reset. Other than that all is well.

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Does anyone have a complete list of the music that plays on the train during the main season?

I know some of it is also played at the entry path too. I believe they play a different song for each of the three legs of the route.
 

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I don't have the complete list, but I know they play "Love and Be Loved" by Geoff Zanelli when the train departs Festa Station. I think they also play "The Egg Travels" by James Newton Howard somewhere along the route too.
 
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For the love of God could someone at the park have the common sense to remove the Christmas Town Express fencing from the Pantheon area at the very least? Also one train ops with the park busy is a REALLY bad idea!
 
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I recall hearing that the fencing was to be a permanent fixture. Still find that difficult to accept. What's the point of train views, if they're through wire mesh for hundreds of feet of a ride that offers only transportation and train views in the first place?
 

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That fencing isn't going anywhere, well not easily. Those are metal posts embedded in concrete. They should have come up with method to easily remove the screens/wire grid to preserve the views.
The wire and cross beams could easily be removed. The fact that the park hasn't done it in the Pantheon area at least to get free marketing of Pantheon shots from that angle shocking.
 
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They could have used a quick release clamp to allow the grids to slide down. That way we could at least see over them. I think they are too high even for CT. It's like they didn't take time to run line of sight tests.
 
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Interestingly even though they are only running 1 train they are keeping the boiler warm on the second train. I guess just incase something happens and they have to replace one.
 

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You know, it's interesting... net of that entire conversation, which certainly has been explored and subsequently cited pretty thoroughly... last time I rode the train (~ 1 week ago) I tried to pay close attention to the grade behind the picnic area and Festhaus. And having done that, I think I'd have to see some data, a topo image, or hear from someone who personally has seen the same, before I really believe there is a substantial uphill grade at all once you're back there.

Drachen Spire area, yes. Festhaus? I'm, somewhat surprisingly, not convinced.

There are a lot of considerations complicating that judgment, which I should bring up in the appropriate thread. But it's slightly relevant here because it ties to Zachary's idea that the picnic area theoretically moving into the Drachen Spire field would open up that 'Haus-adjacent area. And, of course, because the eventual attraction back there, whatever it may ultimately prove to be, would be very well served by a train station.
The more I look at Google Maps the more I agree that they could potentially swap the catering area out with a train station based solely on the minimal modifications that would be needed for the existing layout.

However, if they were to keep the catering area in some form, they'd either have to move it to where it now takes up a good chunk of FHP and it becomes a longer distance to get people and supplies to, or move it somewhere else in the park (depending on the existing space utilization plans, maybe add some tables in the DK building?).

The question is the incline of the tracks where the catering area is vs further back towards the boneyard road and if it's workable with all trains?
 
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