2013 Rocky Mountain woodie re-do; SOB or Mean Streak or ?

Friday, November 18, 2011 12:56 AM


This is great to hear. I wonder who it will be. There were also rumors about Colossus getting the makeover. Rocky Mountain will also be building their own coaster, all their own design.

Friday, November 18, 2011 2:16 AM

If it goes to a CF park, my money would be on SOB considering Mean Streak is currently receiving massive amounts of re-tracking for the second year in a row.

Friday, November 18, 2011 7:35 AM

Please let it be SOB. Although I've heard Rattler and colossus are up for it.

Friday, November 18, 2011 7:52 AM

Mean Streak has been retracked continually since it opened.

Friday, November 18, 2011 8:04 AM

I'm not sure about the quality of that work though Jeff. One year I was living above a group of Canadians who were working on Mean Streak. Over the Christmas Break my room was terribly cold and I complained to some housing folks. Turns out the Canadians had left all of their windows open and after a particularly heavy storm there were piles of snow inside their apartment.

So, I'm not confident in their attention to detail. (Not too mention they drank every single night.)

Friday, November 18, 2011 8:36 AM

I'm sure Mean Streak has received some amount of work every year. However, the amount of work done last year and what is being done this year, is far above what has been done in quite a while.

Friday, November 18, 2011 9:24 AM

I read somewhere that Rattler was next.

I'm not sure if that POS SOB can be fixed, but it would be cool.

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, November 18, 2011 9:24 AM
Friday, November 18, 2011 10:05 AM

If they do this to SOB - Bring the loop back.

Friday, November 18, 2011 10:54 AM

This news is suspect on many fronts...

#1: Screamscape. 'Nuff said. :)

#2: Rocky Mountain Coasters. This is the same group that told a group of coaster nuts they were going to put topper track on a certain coaster, the news spread rapidly around the internet, and finally the word came back from the park that it was news to them...

I don't doubt that Rocky Mountain has projects lined up, but let's not be premature about identifying them. If I had to guess as to the Texas Giant style overhaul, though, I'd say it's the Rattler. I also suspect that somebody heard wrong. If Rocky Mountain is building a new coaster from the ground up, I would expect it to be an Iron Horse-type ride, not a Topper Track ride. Why? Because the Topper Track sits on top of a conventional wood coaster rail bed; it is designed to replace only the overhanging portion (usually the top two or three layers) of the wooden track. The Iron Horse system, by comparison, replaces the entire track stack with the Rocky Mountain track system. If it is a new ride and there is no track there to replace, it makes more sense to start with the Iron Horse rather than to build a foundation for the Topper.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Friday, November 18, 2011 1:17 PM

If "the" Canadians, the company with the funny name, were working on Mean Streak, that would have been a good thing. They're the ones who made Blue Streak the wonder it is today.

Friday, November 18, 2011 1:21 PM

M&V (aka, "the Canadians") can do some absolutely amazing work, and some certainly less-than-stellar. Here's their list of "realizations"....you decide.


Friday, November 18, 2011 2:26 PM

Maybe it is the result of just doing parts of the ride each year, but the work done on Mean Streak last off-season left an awful lot to be desired by July of this year. In June for my first visit, it was still running in its improved state and the ride was noticeably better. However during the subsequent July trip you could tell it was reverting back to its former self. By August it was possibly worse than the last time I rode in 2009 (was in Florida all of 2010), and I skipped it during Halloweekends because of the August ride.

Friday, November 18, 2011 2:35 PM

Yeah I'm convinced that you can do all the track work you want, but Mean Streak's trains will destroy it by August with the current layout.

Friday, November 18, 2011 2:54 PM

It will be Colossus 35th Anniversary in 2013...Just saying!

Friday, November 18, 2011 4:57 PM

I found mean streak to run pretty consistent all year long. The only difference I noticed was between the trains. The worst spot that I noticed were the first 3 valleys, and that's what I saw them working on during halloweekends.

The first time I made it to cedar point was the mid ninety's. Although it may not be brand wnew, I have hopes that it will be the best that I have ever ridden it.

Friday, November 18, 2011 5:04 PM

RideMan said:
This news is suspect on many fronts...

#2: Rocky Mountain Coasters. This is the same group that told a group of coaster nuts they were going to put topper track on a certain

A lot can change by tomorrow... but I got the news from an IAPPA video interview with Rocky Moutain. It's on youtube (for reasons some understand, I won't/can't post the link here).

The guy said the 2 projects for 2013 are 1-a complete "Iron Horse" overhaul like Texas Giant and 2-a completely built and designed ride by Rocky Mountain, with topper track/steel wheels.

Friday, November 18, 2011 10:16 PM

They're building their own trains too.

Friday, November 18, 2011 11:13 PM

^Including new trains for Sooperdooperlooper. (grunts)

Saturday, November 19, 2011 9:36 AM

CoasterDemon said:
^Including new trains for Sooperdooperlooper. (grunts)

Actually Gerstauler is building the new trains for SDL not Rocky Mountain - they will mimic the original trains (which by the way aren't the current trains in use - I believe the current trains were made by Gionovala and were put on in the 90's).

Saturday, November 19, 2011 2:16 PM

^My bad... I meant Gerstlauer. I'm glad to hear they will mimic the originals. Very cool the trains by Giavanola are on there now - I had no clue. I was wondering how Hersheypark kept suck old trains looking like BRAND new this past summer. The ride was running only one train (with an hour wait) so I figured something was wrong with the 2nd train (which was on the transfer track).

I'm happy that these companies are redoing trains near exact as the originals. Hopefully this is what Great America has in mind with Whizzer and the rumored Mack rebuild. I wonder if Giavanola also built the new train on Revolution? It received a new train (with 'classic Revolution' paint job) a couple years ago.


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