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^Are you really Australian?!?!? Rarely do we have an Australian poster who gets it and posts great stuff like this!!!!


Thanks, and yes, I am really Australian.


Some of these photos are just incredible, can only imagine how powerful that storm must have been to drag big, heavy rides into the ocean.

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No, guys! He was totally SERIOUS. Stop being so rude to our members who asked a VERY obviously legit question.

Warning: Strong Language

Randy's reaction basically explains mine.


I hope the communities can rebuild themselves as well as the businesses including the piers. The only thing I take seriously about the piers are the people that had jobs there. As much as I hate hindsight I hope they can make the piers stronger now because of this.

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I've been doing some mild searching and haven't found the answer yet, but does anyone know if these two piers were owned by the same company? If so, I could see a mega pier in the design phase.


The S&S as I recall was one of my favorites, largely in part due to the view.

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KT on the ex-kids only Funtown Pier credit!



and indeed all 4 coasters have been lost (in addition to the Star Jet at Casino Pier)

I really don't understand why so many people are focusing on these coasters! They were CRAP!!!


Try to understand, people have lost their businesses, their livelihood, etc, etc.... and it's going to take a lot effort and hardships to re-build. But everyone keeps focusing on the crappy coasters that have been lost.....


I just don't "get" why those roller coasters are SOOOOOO important when there are people who are without homes, lives have been lost, communities have been ripped apart, etc, etc....




Here, if those roller coasters are so important to you, I'm sure when they re-build, they can easily pick up more crappy ones just like them. Here, look at these two websites:




Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll pick up Visionland's Old Boomerang, or Bowcraft's crossbow. OH! OH! I got it!!!! There's Satan's Village old Typhoon for sale! Seriously any of these would actually be an IMPROVEMENT over what was there before...except for the Satan's Village coaster...that would be a 1:1 swap!

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Here's the thing. I'm really not sure all of these are going to be 'scrapped'. It seems to me that they could certainly salvage some if not all of these and rebuild. Probably cheaper than buying something new. And if there's anything we know about the Jersey Shore it's that they're 'Cheap'!

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This ones for Chadster, and all the other whores out there!



I really don't understand why so many people are focusing on these coasters! They were CRAP!!!


They were crap. When I mention a few other rides are defunct it's more in the sense of more of this persons business has been lost, tourism gone, economic damage is done, recovery will be slow, and some may not rebuild. Seaside Heights was super popular in part thanks to MTV, without it, as the Governor pointed out, a huge part of NJ's economy is lost. I truly feel bad for these people, all of them. I see that type of devastation after tornadoes all the time. In those times people all come together, eff the politics or personal beliefs, these people lost everything. It will be short of a Christmas miracle if by next season even 1/4 of Seaside is back to normal.


Here is an article with quotes from the owner of fun town pier who said that only 4 of his 44 rides survived without damage. My question has been answered, two different owners...I guess my dream of a mega pier(s) is lost...


The most enduring image of Sandy’s destruction is the slightly twisted wreck of steel that was a Seaside Height’s roller coaster, sitting in the ocean.


The JetStar coaster didn’t collapse in pieces during the storm. The pier below it was washed out in a fell swoop, and the coaster fell, almost intact. It was Sandy’s version of a tablecloth trick.


The other large amusement rides at Seaside Heights did not fall with such grace. They came down in in jagged heaps, of broken metal stabbing the air.


"When I turned the corner and saw this the first time, you know what I thought? Nine-eleven," Thomas Boyd, the Seaside Heights police chief, said Wednesday as he surveyed the damage.


He was quick to add he didn’t mean to minimize the loss of life from the terror attacks.


But those images of destruction ... seeing something you can’t quite believe, yet know will never forget. Seeing devastation so complete, you forget what the place looked like whole, even if was only a day ago.


That is what the Seaside Heights boardwalk looks like today.


The place visited by millions every summer for a century has been turned into scrap metal.


"There are a lot of good memories in this place," Boyd said, speaking for generations of tourists, and himself.


He was born and raised in Seaside Heights and his family ran the beach patrol from 1933 to 1993. He was a lifeguard, and his brother, Hugh, is now chief of the lifeguards. His wife’s family once owned the Carousel Arcade and his brother-in-law owns the Beachcomber restaurant.


"This place is in my blood. I love this town," he said. "I have to tell you, looking at all this has filled me with grief."


The happy signs for places like Kohl’s Frozen Custard and The Magical Carousel Gift Shop are stained black from asphalt shingles ripped from roofs and strewn around the boardwalk like Labor Day litter.


In some places, the boardwalk is buckled, and fall and heaves like a funhouse floor or bumpy kiddie ride (or like the "Jersey Shore" cast after a night at Karma). In some places, the planks are ripped off, and tossed, nails up, against the shuttered pizza parlors and ice cream stands. In that jumble of boards are pieces of pink insulation, aluminum siding and soggy stuffed animals that washed out of broken arcades.


Underneath, the pilings are either broken or weakened.


"If we drove a patrol car up here right now, the boardwalk would collapse," Boyd said. "The real problem is underneath."


The JetStar was at the end of the Casino Pier. The rest will probably have to come down, as most of the telephone pole-sized piling have been knocked crooked by the storm surge.


At the Carousel Arcade, the merry-go-round was enclosed and survived, but owner Bob Stewart lost 200 feet of pier over the ocean.


Stewart, a volunteer fireman who helped evacuate residents during the storm, rode up on a scooter Wednesday to survey the damage.


"I’ve been here all my life. I started working on the boardwalk when I was 11. I was the Bozo in the Bozo-drop," he said. "I rode out the ‘62 storm, too, and remember the destruction. But this one ... looking at all this ... has made me weak. I just saw Billy Major (owner of Fun Town Amusement Pier). He just got here for the first time today. He saw it, and was crying."


Major is no softie. He owns a construction company and has strong, callused hands used to hard work.


Behind a hastily erected security gate, he described the damage to the pier.


"I have 44 rides," he said. "Four aren’t damaged."


The roller coaster at Fun Town, called the Loop & Coaster, was tilted almost on its side, like a skeletal listing ship. One of the red towers of the giant Slingshot was knocked the ground, the other stood, but at a precarious angle.


Major hinted he will rebuild.


"First we have to clean up, then we’ll see."


Stewart didn’t hesitate.


"We started with nothing. So we’ll start over with nothing."





KT's water soaker

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^Wow, that's a crazy picture, the thing still looks like it's almost completely intact.


Here's a theoretical question for any resident materials engineers reading this thread. I realize this is a fairly crappy coaster that probably isn't worth saving, but if they were able to somehow disassemble this thing and remove it from the water, do you think it could be re-assembled operated again? Again, I know it's probably not a great idea financially and I know all of the electronics and mechanical components would have to be replaced, and likely a few damaged sections here and there would have to be replaced, but overall would sitting in salt water damage the metal beyond repair? Or could they just paint it blue and sell it for new?

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All the coasters at Funtown pier (Dragon Wagon, Funtown Family Coaster, Looping Coaster, Mighty Mouse), and Star Jet at Casino Pier. Idk the sixth one.


I heard Pirate's Hideaway is also gone.


Where did you hear that from? I think you heard wrong! Also, I'm not sure about Family Coaster. In that picture just Jake posted on page 27 you can see the Family Coaster in one piece. Alsoyou can see Pirate's Hideaway and Funtown Family Coaster in these photos.




Also, I drove past Adventurer's FEC in Brooklyn while helping a friend out and the park looked intact from the highway.

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^Yeah, I was going to say the same thing. Looks like one half of the ride is fine, and the other half just got ripped off. Don't care too much about these crappy coasters, it's just interesting to see what these storms can do and discuss the facts. Maybe they can hit up Miler and just order the one half of the coaster again?

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Based on the pictures it doesnt look like the pier itself held up too well. Out of curiosity, does anyone know if it was built up to code? I know that they re-structured the entire pier when they built the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and i've visited the pier. If Galveston gets another hurricane it's not going anywhere. There is steel and concrete everywhere. Its pretty solid. But the Casino and Funtown Piers looked to be made of wood. Was this up to code, especially being on the coast? They may have not had a hurricane in a good while but they had to have known they were fair game for a disaster like this eventually.


Another question, where the piers owned by the same person/company? I had no clue they were literally right next to eachother until I saw the piers on Google Earth.

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