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Woodrail Pinballs

By PinballFever

6 years ago

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#69 5 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

it only looks stained in the pics

That is called patina.

Every serious pin collector should own at least one woodrail!

#71 5 years ago

The two that i own.


I actually own a 2nd Golden Bells, but it has retrofit metal siderails that fit over the wood siderails,
Apparently some operator felt the need to try and modernize and spruce up the older looking woodrail.
It looks terrible by the way.

#72 5 years ago

Though when WMS went with its new modern styling look,
I think it looked great.


2 weeks later
#207 5 years ago
Quoted from amkoepfer:

Has anyone ever heard of a woodrail called co-op?

Or did you mean C.O.D. ?


11 months later
#456 4 years ago

Going to share a couple of photos of my new kitten (Mo)
discovering my (dusty) woodrail collection.

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7 months later
#474 3 years ago

Probably was a woodrail when i first played pinball
when i was about 5-6 yrs old (1960-61).
Can not prove it, but think it may have been GTB World Beauties.
I write about it some in following basement topic blog.

3 months later
#524 3 years ago

Swing : What is that elongated mech or apparatus in the middle and what is its purpose (role)?

Also looks like it may be missing some mini posts and bulb cover near bottom of the elongated apparatus.

Very cool looking game, hope you can bring it fully back to life.

#547 3 years ago
Quoted from DCRand:

broken plunger / ball cover bracket.

Your repairs look pretty good, as best as can be expected cosmetically,
but hope that repeated or over enthusiastic use of the manual ball lift plunger
does not make your repairs fail.

#559 3 years ago
Quoted from Tyamry:

going rate for a 1953 Gottlieb Grand Slam

Based on your pics and assuming there are no serious hidden flaws
I think that pin should command a minimum of $1000

1 month later
#599 3 years ago

In Case anybody needs these to help to recreate a cleaned up S/I Card for Gusher.

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#604 3 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Never knew this thread existed until now. Thought I'd post a picture of mine. Enjoy!

Genco Metro
Is it fully working?
Russ Jensen's favorite game.

#607 3 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Gawd! ...this game is gorgeous.

Too bad that someone possibly tried to pry the coin door open, but it gives the game character.
Also surprised that the biggest wear spot on the game is the place where you figure a flipperless pin might not have any;
at the place where flipper buttons might normally be located.
Your bottom five (bell) light covers, look to be pink, other games I have seen them being white.
though based on the paint circles underneath the covers, seems to be pink?

#612 3 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Anyhow, those are some of my thoughts about the bumper cap situation. Admittedly, a can of worms not too many folks are likely to find of interest, but perhaps PinWizTom will find it interesting.

I find all that you have researched and other findings very interesting,
and tend to agree with your conclusions.
Also in no way did I want to disrespect or pick on your game's condition.
I found it to be in beautiful condition,
but was just pointing out the unusual wear near the "phantom flipper buttons".
Had not seen that a lot on flipperless pins before.
And since we know each other casually, I am sure you did not take it that way.

This game obviously had a special place in Russ Jensen's heart,
and when he passed, a group of us fellow collectors on the west coast that attended his memorial,
pooled together some funds to buy his Metro pin from the family and then donated it to the PPM,
in his memory.

#619 3 years ago
Quoted from presqueisle:

Stay in the garage?

That is where all the action and drinking happens.

3 months later
#683 3 years ago

I have played Nine Sisters at both Clay's VFW hall in Michigan
and Randy Peck's Pike's arcade in Long Beach
and it is a surprisingly fun playing and addictive pin.

#685 3 years ago
Quoted from PinballPianist:

Did that happen too when you played the games at Clay's and Randy's?

I do not recall any problems with the flipper being too strong. You may want to check your game to see if coil is original or modern replacement.

2 months later
#725 2 years ago
Quoted from Matesamo:

Genco Big Town

Looking on ipdb Genco Big Town certainly looks to be a very handsome looking game,
but not sure what the actual play would be like (is it fun?)
Max i would pay would be in $300-500 range depending on condition and playability.

1 month later
#753 2 years ago

One of my WMS Golden Bells has these retrofit metal rails installed. Looks like crap IMHO.

#762 2 years ago

Alert Nicovolta, another middle pop game, although not original by design.

4 months later
#830 2 years ago

How are those rubbers attached for those special side lanes?

#836 2 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

rubbers to the siderails

IS the rubber really needed, it appears to serve no purpose
other than maybe looks.
Maybe the bottom 3-4 inches past the sidelane exits, you might get some rebound action

3 months later
#889 2 years ago
Quoted from newmantjn:

World Beauties

This pin is possibly the first game that I can actually remember playing in my youth back in early 60s;
though all I really remember is that the game had lots of pretty girls and an A/B/C feature.

1 month later
#935 2 years ago

WMS Regatta
Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda CA has one for play and display.
Very sweet game to play.

1 month later
#1006 1 year ago

If you only have room for one woodrail,
i would choose Balls A Poppin

#1015 1 year ago

In October of ‘56 it cost $70

that is when Balls a Poppin was released
likely that pinball for sale list is from late 1959

#1022 1 year ago
Quoted from singlezero:

m confused about that gottlieb flipper i always thought it was a wedgehead?

A few were done as woodrails during that transition period in early 60s

1 month later
#1045 1 year ago

I worked on a Shoot the Moon about 20 yrs ago for a client when I lived in Bakersfield, California. I can not remember if I took any photos. I will try to look thru some old hard drive files but chances are the camera I had at that time was probably fairly low res. Or it might have even been old school and on film not digital. Do not hold your breath. I remember the game having impulse flippers but fairly fun none the less. The game also had all the cabinet graphics stripped to bare wood.

#1047 1 year ago

I think Steve Young at Pinball Resource owns that game, though do not know if he will go out of his way to take hi-res photos?

2 months later
#1095 1 year ago
Quoted from Happy81724:

Got it setup, need to adjust some of the scoring

Shoot the Moon is a great looking game with both rockets and beauties.
Do you have original impulse flippers or did you retrofit; to have more more modern double wound flipper coils and mechs.
I had the pleasure (or frustration) to work on one years ago.
Fun game with BG animation, but always felt it would be better with slightly more powerful modern style flippers.

#1109 1 year ago

Was it a unnecessary precaution to screw down playfields
when the MFRs transitioned from woodrail to wedgeheads/metalrails and different lockdown bar mechs?
I know though that Williams still used those twist clamps for several years before eliminating them all together
and GTB had those spring loaded levers underneath to lock the Playfield in place.
Were all those screws and lock mechanisms really required in first place.
Maybe only when transporting a game from location to location.

5 months later
#1215 1 year ago

I am surprized that o-din let Frontierman go

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#1232 1 year ago
Quoted from crujones4life:

cool metal habitrail. Any other wood rails have them?

WMS Skyway

2 months later
#1269 11 months ago
Quoted from desertT1:

types of targets have a specific name

Your Golden Bells Right side plastic has faded to pink, just like one of my games.

4 months later
#1352 6 months ago

United Blue skies

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Damn, too slow and new page threw me off

3 months later
#1440 82 days ago
Quoted from Mopar:

Gusher's lower playfield indicates it got some use in its day,

Your Gusher PF looks in similar shape to mine, especially KOHole wear and general wear&flaking across the selector lights field.

1 month later
#1532 40 days ago

I know that WMS Shoot the Moon had impulse flipper
but that was well before 1955.

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