Beech Bend confirms new coaster

Posted Thursday, December 2, 2004 10:05 AM | Contributed by RamblinWreck

The park announced yesterday that it is going to add a wooden roller coaster to its lineup in 2006, and even included a photograph of the park's owner shaking hands with employees of Great Coasters International (GCI) at the IAAPA show last month in Orlando, leaving us to believe that the coaster will be a GCI.

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Thursday, December 2, 2004 12:07 PM
As has been mentioned elsewhere, the website is suggesting that it may be inspired by the Rye Playland Aeroplane- widely regarded as one of the most legendary lost coasters!
Thursday, December 2, 2004 1:25 PM
Unless the website has it's facts wrong, I don't think this will be inspired by the Rye Aeroplane. They state it is from Long Island, Rye playland, while being on Long Island sound is not on the island itself. I think this will be a re-creation of one of the Rockaway Playland coasters. From the "special effect" comment I can only guess it will be a re-creation of the Atom Smasher (also known as the Cinerama coaster). I could be way off base.
Thursday, December 2, 2004 2:07 PM
Wow the last couple of years and the two seasons to come the park has really grown..I assume its doing really good attendence wise.
Thursday, December 2, 2004 2:50 PM
"I assume its doing really good attendence wise. "

Or wants to. A coaster could possibly double this park's attendance.


Thursday, December 2, 2004 3:29 PM
It seems like the owners are committed to growth so they must be doing something right or are planning on doing something right. Best of luck to them.

Rye Playland is on the Long Island Sound so depending on who you talk to, that could technically be considered Long Island. I never thought about the Rockaway Playland Atom Smasher though... interesting thought.

Thursday, December 2, 2004 4:31 PM
This may be a wierd way of debating between Aeroplane and Atom Smasher, personally from the photo's I have seen, Aeroplane seems to be more of GCI's style. Atom Smasher seems to be more "Cyclonic" than Aeroplane. Aeroplane is more dives and wildly bankd turns. There ae great pictures of both if you have The American Roller Coaster, but pictures on the interent of Atom Smasher are a little hard to come by. that is a good picture of Aeroplaine, I think it is right up GCI's alley, after all they aren't known for making any straight drops.
Thursday, December 2, 2004 6:02 PM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the Aeroplane! Beech Bend is the closest park to Nashville (not counting Nashville Valley Amusement Park which is little more than a parking lot with carnival rides), so it draws from a fairly large city as well as Bowling Green too. How exciting regardless if it's a recreation of Aeroplane or not though! I never thought I'd see a GCII less than an hour away from me.
Thursday, December 2, 2004 6:08 PM
The Aeroplane definitely looks like GCII's style. Does anyone have any links to picks of the Atom Smasher? (I don't have "The American Roller Coaster" but I should look into finding a copy.)
Thursday, December 2, 2004 7:47 PM
The Aeroplane...drool. :)
Thursday, December 2, 2004 9:50 PM
From 1997-2001 I lived 10 minutes away from this park, I lived in Bowling Green. The park wasn't anything back then, and now in the last two years it really has grown up alot. The park was a pretty good park in the 70's and 80's, but then something happened and it was closed. Now I live 2 hours away in Lexington,KY. I am glad there finally getting something this big, I think they will do good since they are a big tourist attraction. They have the Corvette Musem and there close to Mammouth Cave. Plus they have Western Kentucky University, and the colloge kids will now have something to do on the weekends.


Friday, December 3, 2004 1:44 AM
I'm totally excited by this news since I live 30 minutes from BB. It's been a LONG time since I've been there (back in the early 80's in fact) but now I will definitely have a reason to go! Hooray for south central Kentucky!
Friday, December 3, 2004 6:08 PM
This is entertaining. They even have links to this thread, one on Screamscape, and new ride listings at RCDB on the Beech Bend site. I think it's a good move for the park to add links to this stuff. People who live near the park may visit the parks homepage then see the "Worldwide" hype getting even more people talking about the ride. Not to mention it's cheap publicity too.

Any thoughts on a name yet?*** This post was edited by coasterpunk 12/3/2004 6:18:35 PM ***

Friday, December 3, 2004 6:15 PM
Yeah, only 'cause you know what it is and yer laughing at those who are way off base ;)
Friday, December 3, 2004 6:34 PM
Moosh, I didn't see the new stuff posted today on the Beech Bend site 'till after I posted my last post.

I only now just saw the mention of: special effect, Long Island, "plane coaster", and replicated.

Friday, December 3, 2004 6:39 PM
Chris and Jeff in suits? BWA HA HA! ;)
Friday, December 3, 2004 6:49 PM
You should have seen me at East Coaster in Febuary sporting a GCII polo shirt without all my jewelry! Talk about a Kodac moment!
Friday, December 3, 2004 6:54 PM
LOL! So anyway, Dan...just email me those Beech Bend blueprints when they're done, OK? :)


Friday, December 3, 2004 7:11 PM
For the calendar right Moosh? I have a nice set of Phoenix prints.
Friday, December 3, 2004 7:59 PM
I'd rather have a nice set of high-res snowy Phoenix photos ;)

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