Arrow employees during their forgotten years

Wednesday, January 24, 2001 2:32 PM
Since arrow was practically gone from the coaster scene after 93, and made I think one in 94, what did they do for the four(?) years before making tennesse tornado? Did they seriously have NO projects? Were they just testing their fourth dimensions? How did their employees get income? Sorry to ask so many questions, I'm just curious about this company's disappearance and then resurfacing!
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 4:04 PM
I don't know. They do make other things besides coasters so they may have lived of that.
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 4:45 PM
They also spent a majority of their time making replacement parts for operating Arrow rides, as well as developing their mad mouse and putting ideas together for the Arrowbatic and 4D.

Not to mention that they have been working a lot with NASA on developing a LIM technology to move vehicles though space ports on a track. (No. I am not kidding)
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 8:30 PM
A coaster in outer space? Think about the air time on that baby!
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 9:44 PM
They built several projects in the Asia market, including coasters, monorails, flumes, etc. Remember, all those coasters in the US still need track sections, wheels, controls, photocells. Flumes need troughs, logs, belts, the list is endless.
Thursday, January 25, 2001 8:23 AM
They developed as well a prototype of the Virginia Reel ride. That was actually a "hommage" to the old times, which never took the steps beyound the prototype stage. If they didnt sell the 4d, the could have called themselves ProtoDynamics Inc.
Oh, and dont forget that they receive a license fee for every sold Vekoma coaster that uses the arrow track design, and the arrow looping elements such as the teardrop loop, and the corkscrew. Not bad for doing "nothing";)
Thursday, January 25, 2001 8:27 AM
That's a point that a lot of younger enthusiasts forget. Arrow was the steel coaster industry for many years. (Yes I'm aware of Intamin and Schwarzkopf) Without their innovations, we wouldn't have the B&Ms, Vekomas or Morgans of today.

Scott W. Short
Thursday, January 25, 2001 12:32 PM

john peck said:
"...and putting ideas together for the Arrowbatic and 4D."

I wonder what ever happened to the Arrowbatic coaster. It has been on their website for a while now, yet hasn't seemed to catch on in the amusement park industry. It seemed like a lot more sensible coaster then the 4d, which sold before we found out all of the specifics on that type of ride.
...But that's just my opinion. Unless it's also someone else's.
Thursday, January 25, 2001 2:19 PM
I am surprised to see the 4D BEFORE the Arrowbatic.

Another interesting fact about Arrow in the 80's, is that Bacon had other ideas for rides like a Swinging ship and several carnival rides. BUT...since being partially owned by Huss at that point, they wouldn't allow other rides to be built other than major rides.

It will benice when they get their LIM coaster on the market. I wouldn't be surprised if they put togther an Idea for a water coaster as well. I love Arrow!

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