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Musical Pete

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  1. From those photos it looks like a park with many years ahead! You might like a picture of Texas Cyclone I just found. Original first turn, with original bendy four-row PTC cars!..
  2. Luckily my two favourites are in the same park. Taken from personal footage this year.. ..and so was this! This was fun!..
  3. He's a nice guy, I spent a couple of days with him and his brother Martin (whom I occasionally speak to on MSN) on the RCCGB USA trip this year. I suppose that's big companies for you. Good luck to him I say. He's responsible for my interest in coasters afterall!
  4. Hey I know, and what a good time I had at Knoebels! That does perplex me somewhat, but then some regulations and the way things are worked in this country, are actually tighter than in the US, despite how it may seem. Different states have different regulations afterall, whereas over here there's basically one "set", and a stupid set at that! (well, as far as I can tell.. I could be wrong regarding regulations, I'll admit I know little about them) As I know a few PB managers reasonably well, I might try to urge them to talk to Knoebels.. I doubt anything would come of it though.
  5. Ultimately, blame our ever-so-lovely Health & Safety executive here in the UK. The people in charge of running things (not the ops, but the operations managers) themselves hate the changes they have to make. They genuinely love the rides as much as we do, including wanting them to run how they were meant to, i.e how the designers intended. The feeling is among them that new regulations etc. really are ruining their rides. But what can they do? - modify to suit or keep the same and be forced to get rid..?
  6. ^For everybody hoping to ride the Grand National for the first time next year, I'll keep enthasising my second sentance above - the new cars and braking system might detract from it somewhat, until it's all either "worn in" well or modified over time - "tweaked" perhaps. Being a Nash expert (as BPB operations managers see me as) and an avid rider, I'm anxious to see how it'll perform next year. Large people won't be too comfy in the tight seats.. (the new upholstery really needs removing, thinning down and refitting - just an inch off each panel would do nicely). I've SO got to be there when you all visit BPB next year - aswell as being like a human BPB encyclopedia ready to answer questions, I really want to see in person what you all think! I might even try to get a job there. I've been thinking about it for a couple of years now..
  7. Nothing quite comes close to the Grand National for me. If you're new to it next year, give it a little leeway - the new cars are a little tight, and they've ofcrouse got the standard ratchetting bar & seatbelt combination PTC swear by now (and so do BPB operations managers literally, as they hate the belts, in their words the belts will be an "operational nightmare", but because PTC have got anal over safety and include the belts as a "required" restraint in their design now, BPB simply have to use them - it ran for five decades with no restraints at all before the old PTC trains were bought in 1980, and the only people to be injured were those who stood up on purpose!). I rode it yesterday (sunday) for the last time in the old remaining two trains, and they were flying, absolutely belting round, with the usual thigh-snapping airtime in the usual places. Those trains and the manual brakes are now retired however, in name of the new cars BPB arent particularly happy with (I won't go into a rant why.. they're just not happy with what PTC have done, in certain places) and magnetic brakes. I was under the impression that the manual loading and unloading brakes would stay, but BPB's resident Nash expert told me there'll be air brakes. He (Peter Saddler, whom rebuilt the brakes last year from memory, as there's no plans) reckons it'll never run four trains again though, due to issues with the new brakes and blocking. If a train is stuck in the new air powered unloading brakes, and the other trains are past the lift, there's nothing they can do but expect a "bump" in the station when they come back, as the new slowing brakes, being magnetic, won't be able to stop a train. I hope they see sense and fit a mechanical stopping brake within the magnetic slowers! Enough of that.. So far I've ridden the Nash (obviously - many, many, many times!), Lightning Racer, Racer (Kennywood), Gemini and Colossus. Even Kennywood's Racer doesn't come close to the Nash - John Miller was requested ny Kennywood to build a fun but mild coaster, which is what he indeed did with Racer. Charles Paige however just built a coaster, and quite poorly at that - the profile is bad, the turns aren't banked enough - and those things are precisely the things that make old coasters so damn bloody superb - exactly the things most modern coaster sorely lack, in the name of fancy precise calculated design. Some of the world's best coasters are vintage ones, and they weren't calculated, despite what people these days think. The designers admitted themselves that they sometimes didn't do proper plans, and built what looked right to them, without calculation. And you know what, it bloody worked, very well! Computers and calculations are just a part of life now, but designers take liberties with the modern tools they have, and produce samey rides with little character, and they over-support them too, to a spine-jarring extent. Nothing like the oldies..! Phew, rant over. Definately Grand National for me!
  8. Cedar Fair may operate parks slightly better than six Flags, but if they all went Cedar Fair, we'd get the annoying extra rules and announcements, such as the one telling guests they cannot use their cameras on ANY ride at Cedar Point, etc. SFEG and SFMM didn't mind me filming, on their big coasters.. could just be lazy staff though (yeay, better than jobsworthy powermad teen staff!).
  9. I have that POV on a CD somewhere, along with some jerky Idora Wildcat and Jackrabbit footage, and LeSourdsville's Screechin' Eagle, all vintage footage from the 70s I presume. Aswell as that, I now have full onride footage of a defunct coaster (woodie, ofcourse!) on a pier, I think it might be Sea Serpent at Pacific Ocean park. Also, thanks to Cycloneracer.com I now have some manic messed up footage of Cyclone Racer too. It's onride, but it's not continuous. I wonder you know, how many people out there must have vintage onride footage sitting in lofts and sheds etc, on old film, waiting to be found and digitized. I almost feel mad at people for not doing anything about it, when ofcourse they have no need to do anything, and it's none of my business.
  10. Its profile is indicative of good airtime to me - poorly executed circular hills, like all good old coasters. It had NAD trains. Any rebuild will only be a copy if the same construction is used, and moden construction is different, including track. Nobody would be able to exactly reproduce the profile - uneven funky bits of track arew what really "make" old coasters. These days they don't build funky, and they build too rigid. It just wouldn't be the same. Also, they'd add their own style, with higher banked turns and parabolic hills. Old coasters that have died, just have to stay dead.
  11. Ahha, nice panorama. I've not seen video footage, but Bob Hooley did have a feature page or two on his site about it, with operational onride photos. Atleast I think he did, it's a while since I've visited his site. There were quite a few defunct coasters on there, and it could've been one of many..
  12. Yes please! You'd think as someone who loves old coasters, I'd hate seeing photos of defunct or arguably worse decrpid SBNO old coasters, but I really love studying them. When in operation they have a beautiful atmospheric character, and when standing derelict, sagged and perhaps in places collapsed, they have a whole different, but equally enchanting mysterious character. I love browsing derelict photos of Chippewa Lake and Idora etc, every so often.. I'd love for someone at Puritas Springs to climb down into the ravine and take photos of the Cyclone track supposedly still sitting in place at the bottom, of what was a 90' drop. I doubt I'll see that though.
  13. It's designed to do so! - the flanged rollers which guide the cars, running within the centre guide track, have a gap (maybe an inch) between the flange and the guide rails. When you hit a turn, the car tips, riding on the flange. I own four wheels from it, two of which are the flanged rollers (I should think the car they're from got new ones ): http://musical.pete.fotopic.net/p6030486.html
  14. I'd not heard of your site before. The name is leading me to think it was something to do with defunct parks and rides? (if not, then I guess it was just a trendy type name) Bit of an ironic name.. :shock:
  15. I have footage of it too - http://www.archive.org/download/COASTER/COASTER_BPB_Mouse.mpg (OK it shows basically the same thing, but it'd be wrong for me not to link ) It's a lovely little coaster. If I can manage seven times in a row with arms up.. A word of warning: NEVER ride two to a car. With one it's fun, with two it's hell.
  16. Almost as bad as RCT3, which I won't buy because it's no NL! As for the animation itself being a bit cack though - it's just an animation. A non-issue really. But we're enthusiasts so pick up on every little thing don't we.
  17. Is this footage available online? If so, could you please post the link? Nope, it's in the film "Rollercoaster", availible from many places very cheaply (cost me about £5 here in the UK from Amazon). It might be opening year footage (1976) actually, as the film was released in 1977. I have my own onride Revolution video online actually, go to my site for it. Try to find the error in the title image of the video, you'll have to look hard to see it.
  18. LOL! - have a Scooby snack. BPB is indeed said to be home to some ghosts. The Ghost Train is reputedly home to Clogger, a ride attendant of the original Pretzel (ghost train) ride which preceeded the "modern" 1930s ride. He supposedly patrols the upper level, heard by his clogs clunking along the floor. Now that may seem like a typical ghost story, and the fact it involves a ride themed around ghosts can make it sound less credible, but something made a giant shiver strike down my spine when watching the Most Haunted Live programme late last year. In the Ghost Train, via help from his "spirit guide" Sam, medium Derek Acorah said Clogger had a horrific argument with a Japanese or Chinese man (I can't remember which.. says me sounding inadvertantly racist). The spine shiver happened as I know that the owner/concessionaire of the original Pretzel ride, which Glogger operated, was either Japanese or Chinese (again, I can't remember which, and that's bad). It could all have been researched and the argument story made up for the programme, but it could also be true. I don't know either way myself. Also, I think a couple of children are said to haunt the Flying Machine shop. I know very little about that (well, basically what I've said) but the ride is 101 years old afterall, meaning so is the structure the shop exists in. It even has the original sand beneath the engine room flooring, though that's not really relevant. Perhaps the children fell from the ride, which still has no restraints (though the gondoliers/pilot guys standing free on the planes disappeared a loooooong time ago - yes, free-standing staff, one per plane). Ripley's Believe It Or Not on Ocean Boulevard (the road and buildings at the front of the park) is supposedly haunted too, from what the Most Haunted people showed. Again, they could be spoofs (spook spoofers..!) but there's a lot of freaky stuff in there, regardless. I'm yet to venture in myself. 0ohhh as a side story, rembered due to the thought of Ripley's - a defunct Pretzel type dark ride ("Mad House" I think) at Long Beach (once home of Harry Traver's Cyclone Racer, and the mouse coaster Leonard Thompson was inspired by to build a third layer onto his BPB mouse) had a real human mummy in it. It was a bank robber who died in the late 1800s, killed by a Sheriff's posse. He toured with travelling carnivals for many decades (in mummified form..!) and ended up in the Ripley's at Long Beach. When that closed, he went into storage locally. Somehow, he ended up in the dark ride, probably during a stunt/theming refurbishment, though nobody knew what he really was. I can't help but laugh in a twisted way when I think of all those riders in the following years, riding through the building, thinking the mummy they saw on a wall was wire and rags. During filming for the film "Six Million Dollar Man" inside the ride (don't ask.. I don't know the film) a crew member accidentally knocked the mummy, and an arm fell off, and there was a real bone inside the arm! - analysis by a pathologist proved the body to be genuine, after which its origins were researched (with which I started the story). I'm skeptical but open minded about ghostly things, however that's a true story, and that's freaky! :shock: Edit: Found accurate info on story: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/mccurdy.htm - actually, that makes it sound hilarious! And oh hell, look here: http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/Death/Elmer.html - infact, Google it yourself! Oh, I thought I'd show the Firefox theme I installed a couple of hours ago..
  19. Revolution gave me some great rides, despite the OTSRs and trims. Those hilltop things are definately anti-rollback racks, and yes, aside from the added trims which are only really the ones before the loop pass-through (the earlier pre-loop brakes have always been there, they just didn't used to be fully applied) it has always crawled over the hills. Well, footage from 1977 shows so. It does crawl slightly slower over now though due to the way they trickle the trains off the lift. That's become an SFMM trademark! I personally really love Psyclone, but this is a Revolution topic so I'll save my Psyclone essay for another time.
  20. I'll agree there. Twister II is mild compared to Twister. They were both inspired by Mr Twister (how I wish I could've ridden that!) but Twister is much closer to it in design than Twister II, which is very loosely based on it, and it shows in ride experience - Twister II is to Twister, what Rollercoaster (BPB) is to the Grand National.. mild to WILD! I couldn't believe that helix entry on Twister. I'm a rough rider (in terms of being thrown about, not rough trackwork) but that was a big surprise. It's made even crazier by the fact Knoebels removed the seatbelts (or tucked them under the seats, as I've been told previously) and the lapbars are somewhat worryingly loose on their mechanisms (as in side-to-side jiggly movement). Phoenix, well what can I say. It's good, it's great. I'm not bothered that it's however many thousands of miles away from me though - I'd rather have Lakeside's Cyclone a bit nearer (Phoenix has the airtime, but Cyclone is just very funky, with a completely individual character). It'd be lovely for Phoenix to have the vintage trains it had in Texas as the Rocket. The trains on it as Phoenix are vintage themselves to an extent, but they follow John Allen's 1960s design rather than the previous 40s PTC design (which was probably John Allen aswell, but with Herb Schmeck). I wish the station was old style double-position as it was as the Rocket (evident in design, and likely in old Rocket photos I have somewhere) but that's ultimately a minor thing. I'll stop now, I'm starting to annoy myself.
  21. Flying scooters are good fun, especially with lots of successful snapping which was changed to "twanging" by RCCGB people to sound less alarming. I prefer SNAPPING myself. I've ridden a few now. The modern Larson ones are rubbish - it's a shame Oakwood couldn't source a Bisch Rocco set, which seem the best. I filmed full onride footage (including the odd snap) of the ones at Lakeside (Denver) and Pleasureland (Southport). It'd be rude not to film, just like on the coasters.
  22. ..No you won't - I think February 18th is the park's opening day next season, and the new cars won't be in service until then. The new magnetic brakes are being fitted over winter. Good news though regarding that - some of the levers ARE staying, with the station brakes themselves being left as manual. The magnetic brakes will be actuated trims (able to regulate speed to the right degree) before the final drop (as has always been the case, but previously operated or rather "set" by a manual cable winch) and the final slowing brakes, which will be permanent magnets. So, new trains and new brakes, but still no nasty hissing of automatic air brakes on a computer system. The sub-platform manual brake rods will still groan and the levers will still move, and dependant on the skill of the brakemen, the trains will still stop unevenly at the gates (something not desirable in operating terms, but funny and unique regardless). Oh before I forget, have another look here. Some new car photos - http://musical.pete.fotopic.net/c699003.html ..Comfy, as before!
  23. If Knoebels can manage this, it'll be a great acheivement, and give the technology-hungry (tech-whore perhaps) amusement industry a good classic kick up the arse. I can't remember where I found these, or of which specific coasters they were, but here's a couple of photos..
  24. I look for toes during every park visit (well, during any venture out of the house) but I don't often see costume character toes. Now, the Stageworks girls in their tight blue lycra bodysuits at the celebration of BPB's Flying Machine last year, mmm.. I wish I'd got my camera out. I really need a lady.
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