Any old timers remember this SFoG ride?

Sunday, August 8, 2004 10:52 PM
Does anyone remember this old ride at Six Flags Over Georgia?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3924240921

I got to ride it once back in 1970 when our church group went. What a cool photo. Sure brings back memories!

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Sunday, August 8, 2004 11:35 PM
What in the world is that? Never seen anything like that.

Michael
The Blog

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Monday, August 9, 2004 12:27 AM
According to the Fall 2002 ACE RollerCoaster Magazine, it was the "Wheel Burrow". It was the only one of its kind and was made by Chance

Mike


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Monday, August 9, 2004 12:32 AM
Since it's no longer at SFoG, was it moved to some other park?

Michael
The Blog

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Monday, August 9, 2004 6:33 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar It's a double-skydiver with "Ebay" as it's logo? SWEET! I didn't realize Ebay has been around that long. ;-) LOL!

-Tina

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Monday, August 9, 2004 9:33 AM
rollergator's avatar It DOES look like a *double-winged* Chance Skydiver....as IF the ride wasn't good ENOUGH with only one wheel!

Musta been gone by MY first trip to SFoG....but I do remember Flashb....er, Z-Force, in an SBNO state....at least not operating the day *I* was there...

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Monday, August 9, 2004 11:54 AM
janfrederick's avatar Wow, I wonder what capacity was like. Anyone know how the thing was loaded?
"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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Monday, August 9, 2004 12:04 PM
Oh, this looks amazing!
If I am not mistaken, the whole centre pole rotates as well! Resembling a double wheeled Evolution.
It looks like one of the wheels would be "parked" in a vertical position for load/unload like an Enterprise. Then the whole thing would spin around to load the other wheel.
Sadly, rides like this somehow remain exotic and shortlived. It must have been a wild ride.
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Monday, August 9, 2004 12:14 PM
janfrederick's avatar I thought of that too (and I think you meant horizontal right?), but I don't think the wheel would be close enough to the ground for loading in the horizontal position.

I would imagine that capacity was fairly low. If this was to be rebuilt, I think they would need some sort of hydraulic platform so that the wheel could be loaded like an enterprise.

This is funny because it reminds me of "My Stupid Prototype" that we all loved so much. ;)

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=39063

*** Edited 8/9/2004 4:15:03 PM UTC by janfrederick***


"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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Monday, August 9, 2004 1:37 PM
^Ooops, of course I meant horizontal (and I can not even excuse this mistake by claiming I am german ;) )

I think that the perspective is tricky in the picture. Look how high the wheel in the back is off of the ground. The framework makes it hard to estimate the distance between the two wheels. But I think that the depths equals the widths.
You can also see a black extension coming out of the front wheel hub, this could be a "track" in which the wheel is lowered and raised on the loading platform.

(now I really have to excuse my selection of words if my description is too confusing).

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Monday, August 9, 2004 2:35 PM
Maybe this will help:

http://www.playride.com/tug2sfog/gtown.html

There's a description at the bottom of the page.


Their war. Our world.
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Monday, August 9, 2004 8:02 PM
The loading was just as you mentioned above. The wheel would stop in the horizontal position like an Enterprise while the top wheel would continue to turn. I also remember the individual wheels each turning in the opposite direction while the whole thing rotated, similar to the Turbo.

BTW, this ride (also known as a Tumbler) operated at Rye Playland and Coney Island. I have a picture of it in operation at Rye and another picture of it disassembled by the Coney Island Thunderbolt.

Chance had some really unique rides back in their hey day. The Turbo, Orbit & Tumbler are more or less legacy's now. I think there are a couple Turbo's operating in Austrailia but that's about it as far as I know.

Cool view of the Orbit at Springlake Park:
http://www.metrotech.org/campuses/sl-history/orbit1-l.jpg

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004 10:38 AM
rollergator's avatar

tricktrack said:
(now I really have to excuse my selection of words if my description is too confusing).

tricktrack, us *old timers* know who you Europeans are, and RARELY have trouble understanding you....keep contributing, as it's one of the GREAT things about c-buzz to get the "international perspectives"...:)
*** Edited 8/10/2004 2:39:06 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004 11:05 AM
janfrederick's avatar So is someone here gonna nab the picture? Only a few hours left! ;)

Thanks tricktrack....I get it now. ;)


"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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