When I rode it in 1994, over half of the seats were roped off. That was not a reassuring feeling. Also...we borded and they checked our restraints (over a 10 minute period) 8, count'em...EIGHT times! Not reassuring!
Now, certainly, under normal circumstances, I would never express such delight at hearing of the destruction of a roller coaster, even a mediocre one. But in this case, it is truly a good thing that the Thunderbolt Express is coming down. The ride has not operated in years, and was in terrible shape. It never really 'fit' with Camden Park, it has been an eyesore for years, not to mention the twinge of fear any reasonable person would have walking beside that structure and seeing that half of the support columns no longer reach the ground.
The continued presence of the Thunderbolt Express at Camden Park was a symbol. It was a piece of junk that screamed out, "We are on such shaky ground that we can't afford to pull this piece of garbage out of the park." It was a wretched symbol of Camden Park's very real problems a few years ago, and it made the park's recent rennaisance that much less obvious.
Good riddance, Thunderbolt Express. Congratulations, Camden Park.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Some peeps at PKI this past weekend were asking me about the condition of the Tbolt. I haven't been to the park this year but the last time I saw the Tbolt it was literally falling apart.......so sad.
However, I am glad to see that Camden is finally tearing it down. It has been an eyesore for WAY too long. I rode it when in it's heydey as the Screamin Demon at PKI, and a few times when it first came to Camden Park. The LAST time I rode it was around 1998 or so. It was in pretty bad shape then.
Those old shuttle loops are AMAZING. I was reminded of this after riding the one at the Fun Spot a couple of months ago.......SWEET!
Maybe Camden is making room for King Cobra. ;-) Hey......stranger things have happened!
As IF! lol.
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For some time, there was speculation about the park selling or auctioning the train. Does anyone know what is going on with that? I contacted the park about it awhile back, but no reply (as expected). There's no reason that these cars should be junked when I know of 5 people who would jump at the chance to own one.
"If we can dream it, we can do it"
Maybe we will see pieces of the track at the next No Coaster Con? The next time I am by there I will see what's going on. I am curious.
I'm just glad Camden is holding on. I can't wait to go next year, as I've not been in far too long. I too wish that King Cobra would make its way, Tina, but not looking to see that happen, at least until I buy the park in 2008...;)
Edit: Nice to see another West Virginian on the boards, right Tina? :) *** Edited 11/11/2004 3:58:31 PM UTC by TeknoScorpion***
Chances are better IMO that Camden IS looking to put something in there, or else why clear TE now? It's not cheap to remove it, so they're probably looking to spend on SOMETHING to go in that location...
My park? Well, other than the obvious (waterpark additions, LOL), the next most *profitable* avenue as of the past 5 years would seem to be installing a "Sally-brand" interactive. Not having been there (not until Clint and Tina take me next year...), can the park use one of those?
Sure it's nice to have *another* West Virginian around, hopefully Chuck is nicer than the two we already have...;)
You'ns know I'm kidding...:)
So then you are coming up to the Hillbilly state next year, Bill? Thats fine, I'm sure Me and Tina can show you a good time in Huntington/Charleston area. I'm planning to go atleast a couple times, probably once in April. I need the 2 credits from my home state...
I doubt Camden has the capital to install a million dollar attraction like a Sally ride. They are more in line to invest in carnival-type rides. I believe their installs of late (Sky-diver etc) have all been used and portable.
IMO... the park would benefit greatly from a wild mouse. It would not be too costly (cheaper, used versions exist out there) or a galaxy type coaster.
As far as the "Haunted House" or as I like to call it... "Hawnted House," I cannot believe someone would call it "superb." That thing is an accident waiting to happen. Call me insensitive, but I don't get a big thrill when a lone blue light bulb buzzes at me.
The Haunted House is so cheesey you just HAVE to laugh at it......which makes it fun. ;-)
It's more fun to *make fun* of it as you are riding than to actually take it seriously. :-D
As far as a mouse, I would LOVE that (preferably a spinny mousey but that would be REALLY dreaming).
So far the park has been adding what they can.....the Swans, the Kite Flyer, and the Skydiver, which is my favorite torture ride there. :-)
You will LOVE the park. It's so you. Clint and I will be happy to show you around. Er, I will be happy to show you and Clint around.
*** Edited 11/11/2004 11:01:50 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
So Camden sucks, eh? ;)
I grew up in Huntington (Barbersville), but it's been WAY too long since I have been to Camden Park. I remember everything about the park vividly except the layout of "Haunted House". I do remember that the stunts inside were not very elaborate, but the actual ride device was interesting.
Camden is the place I had my first date, first Two coasters, first time being able to go somewhere without adult supervision, first time I got sick on a ride, and the only time I ever saw a nun ride a roundup. Good memories.
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