Abandoned Coasters

Monday, September 20, 2010 5:18 PM

I'm not referring to coasters rotting away somewhere in an long-closed down amusement park, like in pictures we've seen from that park in Japan, or Chernobyl. I'm curious about coasters that were built, but never opened. Orphan Rocker comes to mind.

I inadvertently came across this coaster in Thailand today on RCDB; I'd never seen or heard of it before. Looks like a pseudo-clone of S:TE or ToT, but with a compressed air launch. The primary[url][url] thing that sets this apart, though, is that it never operated. It's beyond defunct, in a sense, as it was never...um...funct.

Formula One

I also found a couple other coasters in the same country that never opened. What are some other coasters that were actually constructed, completed (and maybe even tested), but never opened to the public?

Last edited by Vater, Monday, September 20, 2010 5:19 PM
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Monday, September 20, 2010 5:25 PM

So the coaster was pre-funct? They wanted the funct, they had to have that funct, but were never given the funct. ;)

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Monday, September 20, 2010 5:28 PM

That would make it more of a non-funct....

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Monday, September 20, 2010 5:30 PM

What is bizarre to me is that park is a FUNCTIONING park... If that ride was built at least 5 years ago I have to wonder why they haven't completed it, or acquired the capital to do so...

Perhaps the proximity to the neighbors caused a legal battle to ensue?

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Monday, September 20, 2010 5:32 PM

So how long until Flying Turns is pre-funct? (I keed, I keed.)

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Monday, September 20, 2010 6:19 PM

This is Funct up

Last edited by Charles Nungester, Monday, September 20, 2010 6:20 PM
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Monday, September 20, 2010 6:48 PM

^^^ Maybe the neighbors didn't want the park to bring in da noise, bring in da funct.

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Monday, September 20, 2010 7:00 PM

Dick Knoebels needs to go find Old Gregg.... after all, he has the funct!

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Monday, September 20, 2010 9:06 PM

There is one coaster I saw... in New Zealand maybe? It goes throughout the trees at a sort-of national park. It was aligned and realigned a few times but never opened. If I can find the link I'll repost.

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Monday, September 20, 2010 9:10 PM

It was Australia, and has an ironic name.

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Monday, September 20, 2010 11:35 PM

Un-funct?

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Monday, September 20, 2010 11:35 PM

Indeed, kpjb. :)


Vater said:
Orphan Rocker comes to mind.

Last edited by Vater, Monday, September 20, 2010 11:36 PM
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Monday, September 20, 2010 11:57 PM

How about the coaster at Rye Playland that was built and then removed without ever operating for the public?

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 12:50 AM

Actually, it seems it was moved to, erected, and not operated at two other parks as well. Weird.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 2:10 AM

I'm not sure if it counts or not since it might have operated at another park but the Jumbo Jet at Great Adventure was built and never opened:
http://rcdb.com/1834.htm

Last edited by YoshiFan, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 2:11 AM
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 3:38 AM

The one that immediately came to my mind was Vertigorama at Parque de la Ciudad, Argentina. Intamin/Giovanola steel racer that is structurally complete but lacks motors, brakes etc.

I'll try and find the article I read about the history of the park - it's a strange but fascinating story.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 8:47 AM

I always thought Orphan Rocker (under construction since 1988) was the oldest coaster still standing never to have operated, however Vertigorama has been around 5 years longer.

That said, I just found an older one than both of those:

Toboggan

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:02 AM

^ Mad to think that one wasn't scrapped!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:04 AM

Ensign Smith said:
So how long until Flying Turns is pre-funct? (I keed, I keed.)

Thee months ago.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 12:01 PM

Thee months ago.

The Quakers have invaded!!!

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