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Everything posted by ricklap77

  1. Best thing ever!!!!!!!! All the concrete work was pretty much done!! Wow!!!
  2. It doesn't mean because Sea World made an offer to buy Cedar Fair that it will be sold.
  3. I thought they called their triple loop Cyclone! It would have been a great name!
  4. I doubt they will close SROS. It is the star attraction. Scrapping it would be very surprising. There are ways to fix whatever needs to be fixed.
  5. It will look awesome with a fresh coat of paint! Awesome! I think there will be extensive testing when it's all assembled. They will probably make additional repairs and then repaint it.
  6. I totally agree with you. CLP is not the last park to get demolished. And Blue Streak is not the last coaster to get demolished. There will be more. We have to enjoy the parks and coasters while we can. They are not eternal. Although we have lost many wooden coasters since the new millenium, we are lucky to still have classic parks and wooden coasters around to ride. Times change. And right now, the pandemic is certainly not helping.
  7. Yes I think those impulse LIM coasters are not the best fit for small parks (cost and maintenance wise).
  8. I find it hard to believe no other independant smaller park wanted it.
  9. I am just wondering why they did not sell or relocate Wicket Twister instead of demolishing it!?
  10. It is indeed very sad. As far as I am aware only the trains were saved from the demolition. Apparently all signs inside the station were scrapped. I have a hard time thinking some organizations such as ACE didn't step in drastically to save the Blue Streak. I know in the past they did and have been monumental in keeping the coaster up. I know some people just think its time had come but I am sure more could have been done. Obviously the pandemic is somewhat a bit responsible for the outcome. Had it not been for the pandemic and the closure of the park in 2020 I think CLP would still be in business. The park was profitable and the Blue Streak received new track work on the lift hill in the Fall of 2019, which the trains never rolled on. I guess the pandemic, and, the sale to the wrong new owner are the cause of all this. We certainly can blame him for many things, but he was the only bidder at the sale of the park. Last Fall the Knoebels were seen at the park purchasing some stuff like benches...etc. I just wish they would have stepped in to save and or relocate the Blue Streak. They are the best at doing this. But again I ackowledge the coaster was not in the best shape and it was maybe just as much money to relocate it than to build brand new. What makes it more sad and frustrating in this whole story is that the owner Todd Joseph never spoke the truth about the park. He seemed to hate it and wanted to get rid of the amusement park as soon as he purchased it. Had he been transparent all along, the people and the community would be more accepting of the outcome, and some stuff from the Blue Streak could have been saved and auctionned off. The Blue Streak had a lot of history with it. It's the least he could have done.
  11. Apparently the Devil's Den, Carousel and kiddie rides will stay for this season.
  12. I am wondering what will happen next! Will they keep the Hotel Conneaut? Some amusement rides? Will they build new homes right away this summer!?
  13. For sure pretty much everything was quite delapidated. Glad I went in 2005 and 2017! They should be able to sell the carousel. Devil Den might not be as easy to disassemble and rebuild.
  14. The station and what was left of the lift hill were demolished today.
  15. https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/45579421/conneaut-lake-parks-blue-streak-catches-fire
  16. So sad to hear this but not surprising! I am sure a lot of people saw it coming. I really hope they investigate on the cause of fire.
  17. RIP Stan and thank you for all the innovation you brought to the industry.
  18. If it's as intense and smooth as the West Edmonton Mall's Mindbender, it will be awesome! The WEM Mindbender is one hell of a coaster! Quite INTENSE!
  19. You have to keep in mind wooden coasters are very temperamental. The weather, humidity, time of day, where you sit etc.... all affect the ride experience.
  20. Maintenance, layout, quality of design and fabrication all play into whether a wooden coaster will age well. Aggressive layouts, IMO, have to have a forgiveble structure so that the structure is not too stiff, allowing some sway as the train travels on the tracks. The way it is braced is really important, more so on intense layouts. And of course the trains must be appropriate for the coaster they serve. All very curvy, twisted layouts SHOULD have articulated trains. PTC box train cars sould only be on out and back layouts with mostly straight hills, not on twisters!
  21. Is there another train option!? PTC trains are heavy and harsh on tracks. As soon as the tracks become a little loose those trains beat them pretty good. Bring back the light and spacious Morgan trains!
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