All of the track squeezes through the middle of the ride and here
you can see the covered brake run and the middle hill. Early coasters
brakes were called skid brakes and they basically were a board that ran
between the rails that would raise up and rub against the coaster train
slowing it by friction. Brake runs were covered up because if it rained
and the brakes got wet they were pretty ineffective and the trains would
Here's a look down the brake run. You can see the brakes between the
rails. The two long running boards between the rails are the skid
brakes. As you can see part of the roof has collapsed in and the majority
of wood on this ride is totally rotten. When I walked under the ride
there were several supports that were rotten all the way through.
I don't think you could restore this ride at it's current location but hopefully
someone has the plans and rebuilds it because I'd love to ride it.
Curiosity killed the cat. Well it hasn't done me in yet, but I had
to go explore the Wildcat some more so I headed under the structure.
Here's a photo looking up through the structure under the first drop.
It was really spooky in the park. I mean you can see Idora as a thriving
park but all it is now is dead. Under the lift it was pretty weird.
First off there's a burned out house down there. It gave me this creepy
feeling that some psycho with a chain saw was going to come out after me.
I guess I saw too many slasher movies as a kid. Back to the coaster
this is a photo of the Wildcat's turn under the lift. It's really
buried down in the structure and would have been neat to fly through at