Anyone herd of the Screamin Demon at Kings Island?

Saturday, February 9, 2002 7:21 PM
We need this on the Track record, but I don't have the details other than it was a one loop coaster. This was taken down at Kings Island in the 80s. Can anyone help? What happened to the coaster? 

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Saturday, February 9, 2002 7:25 PM
Yes,  it was disassembled at Kings Island and moved to Camden Park as the Thunderbolt Express.  It is an Arrow shuttle loop coaster.
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Saturday, February 9, 2002 7:25 PM
Here's what I could find about it:

http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail313.htm

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Jes
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Saturday, February 9, 2002 7:53 PM
wow, thanks, maybe we can get this listed on the track record?
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Saturday, February 9, 2002 7:56 PM
Submit it by following this link:

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/contribute/coasters/

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Jes
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Saturday, February 9, 2002 8:10 PM
I *think* I remember Jeff saying that he would not list the former location of "moved" coasters if their current location already exists in the database (hence "Flashback" being listed for SFNE but not as a "defunct" Vampire @ SFKK)
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Saturday, February 9, 2002 8:18 PM
Jemery is correct. If you want this coaster on your track record, then you will have to list it as the relocated one.
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Saturday, February 9, 2002 11:54 PM
Though the Afterburner (at Fun Spot) was Arrow's original Launched Loop, Screamin' Demon opened to the public first! It is special to me, since it was my first upside-down ride. I am eventually doing a model of it, and if anyone knows of photos of it (at KI, not Camden) please contact me! Thanx. I have quite a few from a year ago, in its forlorn state.
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Sunday, February 10, 2002 6:24 AM
This was my first upside-down  ride too.  I was 10 years old when it opened and I remember how scared I was when I first rode it.  I was scared when it went backwards.  Even though it's not up to today standards of rides, I will never forget this from my childhood years.
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Sunday, February 10, 2002 7:09 AM

FoF said:
"That would suck having to climb up all them steps."

You're telling me! On Afterburner, the ops wouldn't let us re-ride even though there was anyone else coming into the station. 5 flights up and down getting pretty annoying and tiring...stupid ride ops...


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Sunday, February 10, 2002 7:52 AM
I remember riding Lightning Loops at SFGr8Adv. It was the same coaster except 2 of the interlocked at the loops. It was my first looping shuttle coaster.
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Sunday, February 10, 2002 12:17 PM
CPgenius, sorry about that. You have to be lucky. I got to do about 25 rides in a row....only getting off when the brake on the opposite end failed to let us roll to that end's push cart.....so I got to walk down those stairs, which do not have much clearance! I too hate the stairs, but did anyone know that Afterburner used an elevator when it opened? It's still there (the large rusting gray thing across the field from it!).
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Sunday, February 10, 2002 4:58 PM
The Demon, also called the Screamin' Demon was removed from King's Island to make way for Amazon Falls (now Congo Falls.)

It was the first operating Arrow as others have said, but the prototype/original is indeed the Afterburner.

When the Demon premiered in 1977, looping coasters were very rare.  Many people were scared to death of the ride, especially since it took you backwards.

Currently in total dissarray at Camden Park, it still has the staircase to the top platform.  Actually although the stairs may seem numerous and daunting in photos, the ride is not all that high off the ground.  It was originally brown with a yellow train at KI.  It is now red, white and blue (well semi red,white and blue) with.... you guessed it... a yellow train.

The ride has not operated for the past three years and Camden Park keeps promising to have it open in the coming season(s).  The word from the park was the catch wagon and cable kept breaking and the coaster was very expensive to maintain.  Arrow no longer produces the shuttles and thus the mechanics are costly to repair/replace.

But the truth is, the ride has outlived it's projected life.  Many do not understand that like cars, coasters and amusement attractions eventually wear out.  Coasters such as this Arrow shuttle are given a projected life expectancy and are guaranteed to last through that point.  Any longer and the ride just is not siginificant enough to maintain or keep.  Thunderbolt Express has outlived it's life especially due to the terrible neglect and lack of care the ride received once it left King's Island.

The coaster went from having a full staff of terrific steel coaster maintenance technicians babying it every time it had a burp, to a Mom and Pop operation that thought they could install it and run it without much attention.

The truth is, the ride has more than catch wagon problems.  It can be seen by riding the skyride or just looking closely at it from the parking lot that the track is completely rusted, and nearly completely deteriorated in spots.  I personally was told by someone in the business that the reason the ride no longer operates was not only because of lack of cash flow to repair it, but also because the state's health and safety comission will not allow it to operate.

Shaggy

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Sunday, February 10, 2002 9:18 PM
Whatta great ride!  The stairs would rattle and vibrate when you were waiting.  Actually, Shaggy said it was originally brown, but I'm pretty sure it had "fire" track.  It faded from red to orange to yellow, and the supports were black.  And it originally had the pointed arrow nose on the front and back of the train.  They later painted it ugly brown and took the 6th car off.  It was still cool though...  There was a picture of it in some math or science book I had in school.
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Monday, February 11, 2002 5:38 AM
nice post shaggy.  great overview of a very interesting history.  i rode the thunderbolt express in the last few days of it's operation during the 1999 season. the ride was in horrible condition.  last summer i went on the skyride to take a closer look at track deteoration.  i really don't believe this ride will ever operate again.  the track is the worst i've ever seen.  it's really a shame that Camden Park didn't have the resources to keep this ride in good condition.

  

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Monday, February 11, 2002 8:34 AM
Coasterbill73,

I actually remember her with the brown/yellow paint job AND the pointed nose on the rear car. Was the rear car taken off later???

Later,
EV
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Monday, February 11, 2002 10:39 AM
Does anyone else remember the TV commercials with Dick Van Dyke riding like a pilot, with his scarf blowing? When he declared that it went backwards, everyone dismissed it. How could a coaster go backwards?
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Monday, February 11, 2002 12:09 PM
Shaggy is right. Get to Elitch Gardens, Blackpool, Frontier City or Fun Spot ASAP. We're lucky to still have those.
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