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  1. Did anyone notice that Intamin support that isn't used to support track? I also noticed that Intamin is using an I-beam design for most of their supports, and will be putting sound reducing materials in the cylindrical supports.
  2. Pretty much, but it has two speed-controlled drops , and has about 4 lift hills throughout the ride. Knoebels also posted another Facebook picture showing a miner with a dynamite plunger. I noticed the track next to it and it was all the way down on the floor (in the beginning of each level the track is about 3 feet above the floor and gradually descends to the floor before the drop). This means it's right before one of the drops, so I figured the trick is to have the miner "blow up" the mine, and then you drop down one level as a result of the "explosion". That's going to be one awesome trick!
  3. Here's mine: Twister Knoebel's PA,y,y,1 Phoenix Knoebel's PA,y,y,2 My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere **,y,n,3 Lightning Racer - T Hersheypark PA,y,y,4 Lightning Racer - L Hersheypark PA,y,y,5 Silver Comet Martin's Fantasy Is. NY,y,n,6 Big Dipper (SBNO) Geauga Lake OH,y,n,7 Wildcat Hersheypark PA,y,y,8 Jack Rabbit Kennywood PA,y,n,9 Thunderbolt Kennywood PA,y,n,10 Racer Kennywood PA,y,n,11 Giant Dipper Belmont Park CA,y,n,12 Jack Rabbit Seabreeze NY,y,y,13 Blue Streak Cedar Point OH,y,n,14 Grt Am Scrm Mach SFoG GA,y,n,15 Comet Hersheypark PA,y,n,16 Cyclone Lakeside CO,y,n,17 Gwazi-Tiger Busch Gardens-Tampa FL,y,n,18 Rolling Thunder SFGAd NJ,y,n,19 Twister II Elitch Gardens CO,y,n,20 Wilde Beast Canada's Wonderland ON,y,n,21 Thunderhawk Dorney Park PA,y,n,22 M.Can.Mine Buster Canada's Wonderland ON,y,n,23 Georgia Cyclone SFoG GA,y,n,24 Predator Darien Lake NY,y,n,25 Mean Streak Cedar Point OH,y,n,26 I just realized something: I have more steel coasters under my belt than I do have wooden coasters!
  4. I've been waiting for something like this to make my ballot submission eaiser!!
  5. Nope- it was a Zamperla TeleCombat ride. I miss the Flying Dutchman, Journey to the Center of Earth, The bumper cars that was right next to the Coaster (now known as Thunderhawk, the coaster went under the bumper cars on the way to the lift hill ), Iceberg/Metorite, and the Rockets.
  6. And there you have it. The coaster will be called "Flying Carp".
  7. I hope RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) doesn't get wind of this group using the "RIT" namesake.
  8. It actually makes business sense to test it on a few of the vehicles to ensure that it works as intended while maintaining the safety of the guests. It's cheaper to test and tweak it on a few cars, and once everything is satisfactory, they will roll it out on all of the vehicles.
  9. It looks like it's going in the area where Sol Loco used to be. I don't know if it's still there because I don't see it on their website. After riding the Flight at Martin's Fantasy Island, I can confirm that Windseeker will have a great thrill factor because of it's height. It might look simple and timid from the ground, but once you're on the ride and at the top, the thrill factor is much higher.
  10. I'm assuming that it's a double cross over section, like what GCI does on Lightning Racer where one track crosses over the other track then ducks underneath the same track it just crossed over, and then threw in a 90 degree banking between the two cross overs. Engineering something like that isn't that much of a feat, just that it will end up using a lot of lumber unless they use steel latticework for their bents on this coaster. If, their concept actually has the track running parallel like how one person came up on NoLimits, then that would be an engineering feat! Imagine the feeling doing that, an odd floaty feeling as the centrifugal force of going over the hill balances out with the earth's gravity. Kinda like a "sideways airtime"!
  11. Not a problem! One interesting thing to note is that both the Huss and Chance model double-tire system uses a hydraulic system, which makes sense for a double tire system. I also saw a Huss Pirate swinging ship that uses a single electric reversing tire at Darien Lake. So there is a variation on that model. Zamperla uses a single electric reversing tire on the Galleon. Also, Chance came out with a 2nd generation of their swinging ship, called Pharaoh's Fury. This one uses 4 electric tires in a row that switches direction. They don't raise and lower like the Sea Dragon did, and the tires are smaller than the Sea Dragon.
  12. Actually, the Huss "Pirat" swinging ship at Hersheypark uses the 2 tire configuration, and works the same way. The Chance SeaDragon also works the same way. I also saw a SeaRay swinging ship that uses the 2-tire configuration, but the tire direction were reversed compared to the Huss and Chance models. When I saw the picture of the double swinging ships, I thought it was a Huss model because Huss did offer a double swinging ship back in the 80's, but I don't think they ever offered a portable model, only a park model.
  13. I remember seeing this in Toronto, Canada a few years back. I don't know if it's still there.
  14. The Ranger is one of my favorite rides at Darien Lake. Especially the noises it makes when it runs! I think Wildwood used to have one during the 80's.
  15. Good thing it was in the middle of the train, not at the front or the back! *cough* Mindbender *cough*. Don't get me started on the discussion how this kind of failure on an Arrow / Vekoma coaster would be less castrophic compared to an Intamin, B/M, Gertslauer, Premier, and a Mack coaster.
  16. Interestingly enough, Roller-Coaster Corporation of America was the designer, along with Werner Stengel. Gertslauer was the builder and Premier was the supplier of the trains. The trains were later replaced with PTC's from Myrtle Beach Pavilion Hurricane. I wonder if RCCA is still in business today.
  17. Looks like Swirl City is going to be a Proslide Ridehouse, with a Triple Twist slide (from the Tantrum series). It's a nice update to the aging Cuda Falls slide complex.
  18. @Juggler - I think you're just bitter that we have roller coasters such as Millennium Force, Kingda Ka, and the Intimidator series. I think this roller coaster is pretty cool- the way it goes through a forest (think Knoebels!) The dropping track is a cool element, and I don't know of any other coasters that has this, so it's definitely a world's first. Maybe Intamin will come up with a coaster where the track is mounted on the side of an 2G drop tower. The lift will climb up to the track at the top and then the track would drop down to the ground. Gives a whole new meaning to "first drop"
  19. I guess I'm a bit too late- Photobucket (or Photo[bleep]it, as some have called it...) hit it's limits.
  20. The power outage was caused by too many fat people plugging in their electric scooters to recharge all at once.
  21. We've done loops on a roller coaster and some flat rides (Larson's Ring of Fire comes to mind), but has one done it with a regular car, Hot Wheels style? Fifth Gear tries out that theory- see if they did it or failed!
  22. Here's the full obit- [edit- The Daily Item of Sunbury, PA has posted the obit- here's the link: http://www.legacy.com/dailyitem/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=136682921 ] This was taken from r.r-c. Barbara Ellen (Cook) Knoebel passed into the Lord’s eternal peace Friday, November 27, 2009 at the age of 66. She died peacefully at her home at 206 Knoebels Boulevard, Elysburg, with her family by her side. Born May 3rd, 1943 in Lykens, Pennsylvania, Barbara was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Cook. She was a 1961 graduate of Lykens High School and furthered her education at Polyclinic Hospital becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. Barbara married Richard Knoebel on February 10th, 1968, a marriage that lasted until her death, a span of over 41 years. They are the parents of two sons, Richard A. and Brian L. Knoebel. Barbara was a member of Elysburg Presbyterian Church. She was an active member of Order of the Eastern Star having served as Worthy Matron of Iris Chapter #306, Shamokin. She held the statewide office of Grand Adah during 1984-85 and traveled throughout Pennsylvania in this capacity. She was also active in the Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. She served on several IAAPA committees, most notable the original Hall of Fame Committee. At Knoebels Amusement Resort, Barbara was an important member of the family business. She worked side by side with Dick serving as Manager of the park office and Group Sales Manager. In the latter capacity she assisted groups in planning outings and arranged catered meals for thousands of guests each season. In September Dick and Barbara traveled to California where Amusement Today, an industry publication, honored them with the Golden Ticket award as industry Persons of the Year for 2009. In addition to her husband and sons, she is survived by four granddaughters, Haley, Hannah, Abigail and Ashley. She is also survived by a brother, Walter Cook, of Gowen City, sister in law Ruth Cook, brother in law Ronald Knoebel and his family and sister in law Leanna Knoebel Muscato and her family. In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by brothers Charles “Boom” Cook and Donald Cook. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alan Horne Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the Elysburg Presbyterian Church, Friday December 4th beginning at 5:00 pm and Saturday, December 5th beginning at 9:00 am. Services are scheduled for 11:00 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Barbara’s memory to Give Kids the World, Attn: Development, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746.
  23. I heard over at rrc: Barbara Knoebel passed away Friday afternoon (Nov. 27th) Tentative services are scheduled at Elysburg Presbyterian Church on Friday evening (12/4) with a viewing and a service Saturday (12/5) at 11:00. There will be a viewing prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, Barbara requested that donations to be made in her name to Give Kids the World.
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