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Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop at Toshimaen GONE!


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I only rode this coaster once back in 2004 and unfortunatley didn't get that much footage of it. I didn't even manage to get a complete POV (camera shut off during the ride), but here is what I have at least....

 

Personally I didn't find it quite as intense as the other flywheel shuttles. They did brake it coming back through the station, which I thought was odd. (but then again so did Walibi Belgium) Still, it's a Schwarzkopf shuttle that means it was fun!

 

Enjoy!

 

[coastertube]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=shuttleloop_he59[/coastertube]

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That's too bad.

 

We were really hoping it'd be open when several of us went to Toshimaen on our last morning of the TPR Japan tour, in 2007.

 

But it wasn't, unfortunately.

 

Oh well.

 

"Another one bites the dust."

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I bow my head at this news. The loss of any of Schwartzkopf's greatness is a sad and truly lamentable day.

 

As a -very- devout Schwartzkopf Entusiast, I can only hope that we do not lose any more of these great rides. There are so few of them left intact, and to see another one disappear is rather sad.

 

(Perhaps I should start a "Save our Schwartzkopf" campaign?!?!?!

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No No Nooooooooooooo!!!

 

This was my favourite out of the 5 different Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loops I have tried.

 

Back in 2000 when I first tried it, it was running to perfection! No braking on the return through the station and even a water feature during launch.

 

I truly am sad hearing this...

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What a small world - we were at Toshimaen on Saturday, the day before you.

 

For what it's worth, the (Google translated) Toshimaen web site basically says that the ride was closed due to excessive maintenance or repair costs - the reason for closure is not 100% clear but it is clearly gone for good.

 

The new Mini Cyclone kiddie coaster at Toshimaen is...well...a kiddie coaster. Bright red. Limited theming (think theming like the car park coaster at SFMM). Long wait in line for credit whoring purposes only.

 

Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures of it.

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I have now failed three times in my quest to ride the world's Schwarzkopf shuttle loop coasters.

 

1. Back in the 80's I went to ride White Lightnin' at Carowinds, unfortunately I went on a Friday...nuff said

 

2. I travelled all the way to the Jersey shore to ride the King Kobra at Jolley Rogers (or whatever that place is called) I arrived to find a bucket of bolts that looked like it had not run in months (fortunately I was able to walk all over and under that thing...almost just as cool as being able to ride it)

 

3. And last year on my TPR trip to Japan I scheduled an extra day so I could travel to Toshimaen and get this credit...as luck would have it it was closed...and well you know how this story ends

 

Hopefull I will have better luck as my World trek continues...Next stop Africa & Brazil

 

Here is a tribute to its last days

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one last farewell to Toshimaen's Shuttle Loop ... RIP

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you can see the close neighbors in the distance that were not fans of the noise of this ride

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another view of the station with the Corkscrew in the background. Hey is this Knott's?

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footer porn

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On overview of the entire ride. The trains are still on the track

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a look at the station and ride in the distance

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Sorry this attraction not operating today...or something like that in Japanese

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the station

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I was SO close yet SO far

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the partically enclosed loop

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it sits silent

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launch area

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oh, the beauty of an erect schwarzkopf shuttle

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it was closed all season but still managed to make it onto their banners

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The interesting thing about this picture:

 

 

It looks like the train is there. When we were there in 2007 I was pretty sure the train was GONE. So perhaps they may have gotten it back up and running then sold it? Not sure.

 

Speaking of closed Japanese shuttle loops, anyone know what ever happened to the one at Yokohama Dreamland:

 

--Robb

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The interesting thing about this picture:

 

 

It looks like the train is there. When we were there in 2007 I was pretty sure the train was GONE. So perhaps they may have gotten it back up and running then sold it? Not sure.

 

Speaking of closed Japanese shuttle loops, anyone know what ever happened to the one at Yokohama Dreamland:

 

--Robb

 

Did Toshimaen sell the shuttle loop? If so then all is not lost, maybe I can ride it at the new location.

 

The trains were definitely on the track when I was there.

 

I believe the Dreamland shuttle was junked...sold for scrap

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  • 1 month later...

 

The new Mini Cyclone kiddie coaster at Toshimaen is...well...a kiddie coaster. Bright red. Limited theming (think theming like the car park coaster at SFMM). Long wait in line for credit whoring purposes only.

 

Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures of it.

 

I took the picture and rode it.

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Mini Cyclone at Toshimaen

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This is too bad. By my count it is only 5 Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loops still operating!

 

For anyone interested, I've made a map of Schwarzkopf coasters still in operation (except for wilcats, jumbo jets etc..)

http://tinyurl.com/qqld9p

 

The list is really starting to grow short:( Hopefully some of those who have been closed the last few years will find a new home!

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