B&M track sighting east of St Louis, 11-03-02

Thursday, November 7, 2002 11:49 AM

Maybe someone out here knows the answer to this one... it's been bugging me for a few days.

On the way back home to Louisville from visiting friends in St. Louis this past weekend, we spotted B&M coaster track on a truck, heading eastbound on I-64.. about 10 or 15 miles east of the I-255 beltway. Two fairly twisted pieces, blue backbone w/ yellow rails, looked like they might be part of a cobra roll or corkscrew element maybe.

Problem is, the only B&M I know of for 2003 that matches that color scheme is at SFMM, and the truck was on the wrong side of the country heading the wrong way... plus, as far as I know, B&M track is fabbed in Cincinnati. So, unless it was returning track back TO the fab from SFMM, I don't have any idea where this track was headed.

It wasn't going to Chicago, or else it would have turned onto I-255 a few miles before we saw it, and the colors don't match anyway. AFAIK the colors don't match the one Great Adventure is getting either. To be on that stretch of I-64, it had to be heading somewhere that involved going through Louisville or Nashville. It was the wrong side of St. Louis to be headed to SFStL. SFKK maybe, but I'm not getting my hopes up; I'm still assuming, like everyone else, that they're getting an Impulse or Viper.

So anyone have any ideas of where it was headed?

The two photos (slightly blurry, in the rain) are at:

http://www.bit0.com/img/photos/coastertrack-021103/img_0926.small.jpg and img_0927.small.jpg

Unfortunately we didn't get an overall shot of the truck showing all of both pieces.

*** This post was edited by bit0mike on 11/7/2002. ***

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 11:56 AM
It really looks like SFMM track. Maybe the driver was going to find a place to eat ?!?

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 11:57 AM
thats a way cool pic! Looks like an Inverted of a Flyer. To me that looks like it would go to SFMM, and that the SFMM coaster is a flyer. Maybe it was heading back to Cincy to get some extra work on it, or maybe even flown over.

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:02 PM
That peice could be for the top of the drop though.

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:06 PM
It's floorless track, and yes, its from SFMM. I've seen one of those pieces 1st hand when it arrived at SFMM 3 fridays ago. There has been ALOT of talk about "disapearing track" amongst the employees at MM, I wonder if there was flaws that need to be re-done?
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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:21 PM

It's on it's way to Huntington, WV!!

Camden Park is getting a B&M.....................YES!!!! Finally!

(LMAO...I couldn't help myself!)

Tina

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:25 PM
LOL, Tina.....are you *sure* this isn't the Beemer I ordered for gatorland? I *WAS* keeping it low-profile, but now you've got me....
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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:25 PM

Heh. Riiiiight. :)

The "return-to-sender by Magic Mountain" theory sounds best so far... that section of I-64 would be on the LAX-to-CVG route too. So the real question would be why is it going back to the fab? Bad welds or something?

Weird.

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:44 PM

It was seen travelling east, but who knows how long it had been or was going to travel that direction. There are an infinite number of explanations. Maybe the drive missed an intended exit for a quick rest?

Moosh

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:48 PM
Maybe SFMM heard that the CP ride will be huge and they sent it back to get "Bigger".(Sorry, couldn't help myself);)

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 12:54 PM

Why dont I ever see any of this cool stuff when I am on the highway? (probably I live in Wisconsin which is not exactly "on the way" to any cool parks)

Bob who desperately needs to live in a better state for coaster enthusiasm...

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 1:35 PM

Interesting, that far away huh?

Theres really nothing I have to say about the location, but that truck drivers got one long ride on his hands.

I can't believe SFMM is getting another coaster, but I'm looking foreward to it anyways (just found out I'm going there this summer :) )

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 1:42 PM

It's funny cause two pieces of track are completely gone from MM's property...

-Jeff

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 2:04 PM

Kick The Sky said:
" Bob who desperately needs to live in a better state for coaster enthusiasm..."

East St. Louis? Even Springfield is better then that!

Ha! Take that East St. Louis. ;)
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Thursday, November 7, 2002 2:06 PM
well maybe its on its way to sfoga we are getting superman for next year.
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Thursday, November 7, 2002 2:08 PM

rollergator said:
LOL, Tina.....are you *sure* this isn't the Beemer I ordered for gatorland? I *WAS* keeping it low-profile, but now you've got me....


Sorry Gator! I told the driver that Gatorland was actually a pet name for Camden Park......it's my Beema now! LOL.

:-)

Tina

(still in my wildest dreams) lol.

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 2:12 PM
hello whydont anyone ever sa hi to me is it cause im new. but their should be room for newbies.lol
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Thursday, November 7, 2002 2:15 PM

fancy said:
well maybe its on its way to sfoga we are getting superman for next year.


What? Do you mean SFGam. I highly doubt that is for a flying coaster which has the exact same colors at SFMM track.

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 2:35 PM
I hear that the new SFMM coaster will have the same stats as SFMW's Medusa.

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Thursday, November 7, 2002 5:40 PM
Well if SFMM doesn't want it, I know a park in Eureka (or West St. Louis) that wants it. :) Heck send it to Adventureland in Iowa!

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