We started off the trip report covering the stops at Welland and Port Colbourne and the pinball tables that can be found there. We left off with an impromptu review of Red & Ted's Road Show at Colonial Cleaners. R&T was not the only machine that called this little port town laundromat home. There's also Star Wars!
I have spoken previously of the Star Wars table that can be found at Unlovable here in Toronto and you can read all about it right here. I'm quite familiar with the table but there is quite a few differences between the two. Colonial Cleaners is in much better shape than Unlovable's table and a heckuva lot easier to see the playfield! I was talking to Shane about this during the trip and I want to share this insight with you as well. Throughout St. Catherines, there is not as many Stern tables as there are in the City; instead, there's a lot of older 90's era tables. My feeling is that a lot of these tables were put on location back in the 90's and have been there ever since. I don't think there are many, if any, operators in the St. Catherines area and I believe that these tables were purchased by the owners of the businesses to make a few extra dollars here and there. I doubt there is much of a market for buying and selling machines in the area so I imagine that a lot of these tables have sat in the same place since the day they were purchased. That's my feeling for Star Wars and Red & Ted's Road Show at Colonial Cleaners as well as a few other tables throughout St. Catherines. The weird thing is that this particular Star Wars is in better condition than the one at Unlovable even though it has probably been on location much, much longer. My guess is that not many people play these tables in Port Colbourne. Both times we stopped by the laundromat, the tables have shut off and must be turned on. That just goes to show how rarely these tables are used.