American Eagle Retrack at SFGAm (Red Train)

Monday, October 21, 2002 2:25 PM
For those of you who haven't heard, the red train on American Eagle has been closed since the beginning of Fright Fest. Now we know why. When I was at the park yesterday, (10/20) I saw a ton of wood piled up next to the helix. I have pics of this and Shock Wave removal, but they haven't been developed and I don't have a website to put them on.

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Monday, October 21, 2002 2:28 PM

i kind of thought that was what they were up too.

thanks ondrew

Monday, October 21, 2002 2:57 PM

Thats so annoing I wanted to go on American Eagle really bad yesterday. But the line was really long compared to the regular season. There proably just fixing the ride or something. About the wood I didnt see any. But like I said their proabaly just reparing it it is like 20 years old.

Monday, October 21, 2002 3:07 PM
I saw it too yesterday and took a photo of it from the exit of Raging Bull. I posted it here

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Monday, October 21, 2002 4:05 PM
They may be replacing a few select boards, or a section of track... or maybe the whole thing. Don't get too excited just yet.

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Monday, October 21, 2002 6:33 PM
Same idea though. And I never said I was excited either. I never noticed anywhere on red that needed attention, blue, now thats a different story. The exit from the helix on blue train needs retracking badly.
Monday, October 21, 2002 7:20 PM

From what I remember, the Eagle has been re-tracked on both sides withing the last few years. That lumber I am sure is just to replace rotting wood. Common thing that I am sure they do in sections every year.

Now, as far as a complete paint job, I dont think they have done that in quite awhile (and it needs it badly).

2 superheroes in Gurnee next season? Oh the humanity. :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:57 AM

Wow! I think I'm more excited about this than our new Beemer. I am astonished by the effort a *gasp* Six Flags park is doing to repair and preserve a classic wood coaster. Take that Cedar Fair. Seriously though, that helix did need a retrack, while I liked it, it's bad when my brother won't take a re-ride with me because the helix gave him a headache.

Anyway, enough about a good decision, does anybody know if a new paint job could accompany a retracking job?

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 6:09 AM
I'd suspect that Chitown is correct. A retracking of a ride of American Eagle's size would take a lot more lumber than what's in that picture, and wouldn't make much sense as it has been retracked recently.

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*** This post was edited by chris on 10/22/2002. ***

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 12:37 PM
While I do remember it being retracked pretty recently, what I remember (which my memory is not the greatest) is that only the blue side was retracked because the red side was retracked a few years before that. Even so, I guess the structure holding up is more important than rerideableness.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 12:57 PM

Yikes, I'm going to SFGAm on Saturday but wow...Shockwave gone, American Eagle red down for the year, Deja Vu being Deja Vu (is it even open now or what?)...lines are going to be unbelieveable!

Oh well I still get to see tons of awesome people so all is not lost. :)

"No honey, the monkeys have already done enough damage on this trip." - Guy coming out of front gate at SFGAd


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