Arrow Stand-ups

Wednesday, November 19, 2003 4:30 PM
Did Arrow ever offer stand-up roller coasters, which were designed as stand-ups? With Rail Blazer and River King Mine Train, I wondered if Arrow ever offered to build stand-ups. ( This is assuming that Arrow was the one to retro-fit those two coasters. )
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 4:40 PM
I believe they did, but during its testing, 1,495 people died.

/sarcastic exaggeration

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 6:22 PM
Yes, Infact, I have a couple pictures somewhere my house of the Standup coaches. The Worlds Of Fun Coaster, Corkscrew aparently used to be an Arrow Standup coaster. It had a name something like EXT, for extreme coaster. I'm not sure, but the cars themselves use the same track as all the rest of their loopers. They were very open, and kinda remind me of Togo standup cars.

(Edit: D'oh, wrong park!) *** Edited 11/20/2003 5:49:38 AM UTC by Zero-G***

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 6:38 PM
Wow that's really interesting. I had never heard that before about the Corkscrew. Any idea what years it ran the stand-up train?
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 7:27 PM
Did Arrow offer to build stand-up roller coasters? I don't mean retro-fit current roller coasters, but actually build a ride for the purpose of being a stand-up coaster. ( Like TOGO or B&M )
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 8:05 PM
Zero-G - it was the old Worlds of Fun [in Kansas City] Arrow corkscrew that was made into a stand-up, but it didn't last long.

mOOSH


*** Edited 11/20/2003 6:26:34 AM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 8:29 PM
where is inansas?
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 9:38 PM
At Worlds of Fun, hence the mention of "Worlds of Fun" in Moosh's post. Nice 7 line sig... not too smart, especially when you include something as stupid as that.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 9:46 PM
http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail496.htm

has info about World's Of Fun's experiment with standup trains on their Arrow Corkscrew. (And what happened to the old trains...)

http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail125.htm

ditto for Six Flags St. Louis on their mine train.

As far as I know those are the only two attempts Arrow ever made to do stand-ups, both as retrofits, both only lasted a year before being switched back to sitdowns.

I saw a picture of the WoF one once, but can't remember where now. It might've been in an ACE newsletter...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 11:47 PM

Turbo said:
where is inansas?

I think he meant to say "IN KANSAS city." *** Edited 11/20/2003 4:55:53 AM UTC by Rob_8421***

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 12:46 AM
Here is a picture of the Extremeroller (EXT) that operated at WOF. (The EXT was converted in early 1983 beating the River King Minetraind (Railblazer) by a couple months and PKI's King Kobra by over a year!)
http://www.worldsoffun.org/pictures/screamroller3lrg.jpg
Also a neat little trivia bit. Timberwolf utilizes the old EXT station -- that's why the cars and the gates don't line up correctly. *** Edited 11/20/2003 3:49:57 PM UTC by Swoosh***
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 1:47 AM
No matter how many times I see that picture, I'm blown away by how weird the trains look. I'm also blown away by the thought of how much rotation the riders' heads must have gone through...
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 4:52 AM
Some Worlds of Fun related site once had pictures of the leftover stand-up cars. They have some of them as stored in their offices as reminders.

I am not too sure about this and I know its risky to speculate about it: but wasn´t there an incident at the stand-up minetrain which wounded (or even killed) one rider?

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 7:55 AM

Swoosh said:
...and PKI's Screamroller by over a year!)...

How about PKI's King Cobra?

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 10:50 AM
Oops! Thanks for pointing that out, it should have read King Kobra, and yes it did beat it out by over a year.
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 11:35 AM
Google is your friend.

Yes, there was a death on the stand-up mine train.

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 11:50 AM
the inansas was a joke, should have put a smiley.
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 12:09 PM

tricktrack said:wasn´t there an incident at the stand-up minetrain which wounded (or even killed) one rider?

A woman was killed after falling off Rail Blazer in July of 1984. Her husband claimed that she was thrown from the ride, while the park claimed that she fainted and fell out of the restraints. There's a close-up picture of the odd-looking trains and restraints on this site:

http://www.geocities.com/Pipeline/Reef/6776/top

Click on the Rail Blazer and Jet Scream link in the navigation pane. You have to do a little searching, but the picture's great.

Side notes: the woman weighed 250 pounds, and, similar to the Perilous Plunge incident, her weight was considered to be a factor in causing the accident. Also, the accident occurred on Rail Blazer's media day. *** Edited 11/20/2003 5:13:21 PM UTC by Olsor***

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Thursday, November 20, 2003 1:00 PM
D'oh! I hate geos#itties... "This user has exceeded his allowed bandwidth of 1K per hour. Please try again next hour." *** Edited 11/20/2003 6:00:55 PM UTC by redman822***
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 1:19 PM
Rail Blazer pictures and the Paris Hilton video... crashing sites like Godzilla stomping through Tokyo.
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