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ricklap77

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  1. Goliath will most likely be removed by the end of the season. Where will it go!?
  2. Structural engineers will be on site this Fall to assess the Blue Streak. I don't understand why not sooner. The way things are going over there at CLP are very questionnable as to what they really want to do with their Blue Streak coaster. They are taking down pretty much every old building or ride that requires repairs. The Tilt A Whirl is being scrapped instead of being refurbished, just like the Tumble Bug ride. Now everybody knows Blue Streak probably needs major structural repairs. The conclusion of the assessment will probably be that it needs a lot of work and money put into it. Looking at the way the new owner acts makes me believe they will just end up taking it down. Might be just me but the park was bought at a good price and the owner just wants to run it as a simple amusement park and is not too worried about the history of the park and its rides.
  3. It's sad they didn't try very hard to save the Tumble Bug. So it seems we can almost thing the same will happen to Blue Streak. The new owners are getting rid of the old stuff in not so good shape. But if they take down Blue Streak, the park will never be the same.
  4. With the IBox being popular now I think there will be a lot more coasters with this type of track. The general public sees them as smooth wooden coasters although they are "steel" compared to the traditional ones with wood track and in the near future parks will have to maintain their wooden coasters very well in order for the general public to appreciate them over the IBox coasters.
  5. Yes I think it's a matter of time. It would fix the coaster for good and give them a NEW COASTER! And Six Flags NEEDS to bring in cash into the park and bring it back to its glory days like in the 80's. A lot of things are not right about that park! But with the money being lost in the pandemic, I don't have much optimism about SF pouring money into the park.
  6. The park is opening today and again this season just like last season, Le Monstre is closed for the season! Sad news. The park doesn't have many rides now. SuperManege was scrapped in 2019, Cobra a few years ago, and the new old coaster from SFMM is not up yet and might never be! It's always been an overcrowded park and now with less rides! Anyway I don't know what to think about Le Monstre. I doubt they will take it down as it is a staple at La Ronde and a real eye catcher for drivers on the bridge but they do spend a lot of time and money maintaining it. It seems it is the case for many big woodies from the 80's. With the Morgan trains it tracked very well and was enjoyable to ride but when they switched to the PTC trains they started to have a lot of tracking and structural problems. I hope they take care of it and bring it back to life soon. RMC drafts were done a few years ago to have it transformed but apparently RMC could not work in Canada for some reason!?!
  7. Let's hope it reopens soon. They were closed all last season. Marineland same thing.
  8. It seems this might be the future of "wooden" coasters! Old or new from the ground up! If it is smooth and low maintenance, the parks will absolutely want this instead of a traditional wood track. I agree that Ibox track is more to make an old coaster a totally new different coaster and that RetraK is simply to improve an old rough coaster while bringing down maintenance costs. But again I could easily see brand new coasters with the Retrak technology!
  9. If parks can retrack their wooden coasters and keep their trains and control systems, we should expect a lot of wooden coasters getting this technology. Plus the parks can do it themselves.
  10. I believe if a customer wants them to build a TRex they will build it. They are capable of a lot of things.
  11. I think the TRex is still possible. They just need one buyer. It might just be me but with all the effects the pandemic has had and still has, combined with the price of steel increasing, I think the main focus is probably concentrating on smaller coasters and coaster refurbishments forthem to be profitable and stay alive. All parks have lost a lot of money lately and things might not be exactly like they were used to. So I think RMC has a lot and the right products to offer. And they are extremely talented at doing what they do!
  12. That would be great if he can lease and run the park! Let's hope it works. I have a good feeling about it.
  13. It can't be good for a large and old wood coaster to be closed 2 years in a row. Yes it ran much better with the Morgan trains! But I heard a couple years ago the park inquired about having it RMC'd, but it somehow fell thru!
  14. I dont know if Le Monstre will be open this season. It was closed all last (short) season.
  15. What I am saying is that the reason a lot of people go there is for Blue Streak ;).
  16. CLP without Blue Streak would not be very enticing. I am very confident it will run again.
  17. I guess they will look at Blue Streak next year. And hopefully they bring it back to life, which I am confident they will since CLP would not be the same without it.
  18. Any news from CLP!? Has the structural evaluation of the Blue Streak been performed by an engineer yet?
  19. Totally agree!! False hope. Plus the parks and rides are deteriorating. It's starting to look like SF New Olrleans!
  20. Thanks! It seems to be far from done. I hope it reopens but if not, I hope Marineland across the river ends up relocating the Silver Comet. It is such a great ride and would be such a great addition to their line up of rides.
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