Blackpool Virginia Reel history/pics/demolition

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 1:23 PM
Click here for an interesting article and interview about the last operating Virginia Reel, which was sadly demolished in 1982.

Thanks to Jim "Invy" Hemphill for finding this.

mOOSH

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 2:13 PM
Thanks Moosh but the credit really goes to Colin McWilliam who gave me the link this morning after I spent a fruitless evening searching for it. It's amazing what a hyphen (yes, I said hyphen lol) can do for a web search lol ;)


-Jimvy!

*oops, spelling correction
*** Edited 3/15/2005 7:14:01 PM UTC by invy***

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 5:37 PM
That's a great find for a lot of neat Blackpool info!

I've wanted to ride a virginia reel for years.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:48 AM
The Reel was the ideal start to a day at the park. You didn't spin a great deal but it was pretty nippy around the course and IIRC you could get a pop of airtime coming out of the helix into the tunnel.

It was a sad day on my first visit the year it was removed and replaced by a Huss Ranger which promptly emptied my pockets of every piece of small change lol


-Jimvy!

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 9:19 AM
Same here, Millrace. I have always wanted to ride one of those. :-( Maybe one day they will bring it back, but that's doubtful. Even if they did it would not be the same.

-Tina

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 9:27 AM
I wonder what happened with Arrow's "new" Virginia Reel? The article states that it was supposed to use trains instead of individual cars... I wonder how that would have worked?

Either way, it was a great article. I had no idea that a Virginia Reel operated up until the 80's!

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 1:04 PM
There are already Virginia Reels out there. They are called Reverchon spinning mice and Gerstlauer spinning coasters. Same concept, different ride vehicle... :)
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 1:14 PM
Totally different ride experience too - I wouldn't directly compare them to each other.


-JImvy!

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