Coasters with flanged wheeled trains

Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:25 PM
Anyone know of any coaster that still operates with flanged wheel trains?(wheels like a railroad train)Two that I know of and have ridden are the Vancouver PNE/Playland Coaster and the Coaster Thrill Ride at the Puyallup Fair in Washington.Carl Phare,Prior&Church,and Harry Traver coasters all had flanged wheel trains originally.The upstops on these coasters was simpy a steel bar.

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:27 PM
The Beastie at PKI still has flanged wheels
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Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:28 PM
I know that one coaster is Rollo Coaster at Idewild park in ligonier pennsylvania, all it has is a little bar for the upstop, maybe it has flanged wheels.
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Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:39 PM

The Giant Dipper at Belmont Park uses flanged wheels. I believe the Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz does also, both being built with Prior & Church patents. The former by Prior & Church themselves, the latter by Arthur Looff .

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:56 PM
Teddy Bear at Strickers Grove: http://www.coastergallery.com/2001/SG3.html

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 7:07 PM
i was going to say that peabody, i forgot about it at first
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Sunday, March 17, 2002 4:23 AM
Sea Dragon at Wyandot Lake.

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Sunday, March 17, 2002 6:15 AM
Scooby Doo at Carowinds still has flanged running wheels.

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Sunday, March 17, 2002 10:03 AM
I think all the Scooby Doo coasters (Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland) have flanged wheels, likewise Teddy Bear at Stricker's Grove, Sea Dragon at Wyandot Lake, Comet at Waldameer, and quite frankly any other coaster running the PTC junior train EXCEPT for Zach's Zoomer at Michigan's Adventure.

Among bigger coasters...I know the two with the Prior & Church trains use flanged wheels: Coaster at PNE and Roller Coaster at Western Washington Fair. Someone mentioned the two Dippers in California; I know they originally used flanged wheels, but I don't know what they use now...likewise for the other Prior & Church coaster, the Dragon Coaster at Playland. Rollo Coaster at Idlewild actually uses flat-surface wheels.

What about steel coasters that have concave-surface (basically double-flanged) wheels: the Pinfari Zyklon series, the Schwarzkopf Wildcat and Jet Star series, the SDC Galaxi, the SDC/Zamperla/Premier Windstorm...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Monday, March 18, 2002 2:25 AM
The trains on the PNE Coaster are not Prior&Church trains,although they are very similar.The train on this coaster were designed by Carl Phare and built in house by the PNE/Playland under the direction of Leroy Walker and Robert Bollinger.For more information ,go to www.oakshistory.com.

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Monday, March 18, 2002 5:07 AM
Ronald, you're being unnecessarily pedantic. No fair; that's my department! :) You are mostly correct, of course (I say "mostly" because you turned Walker's name around) but I was trying not to be quite that specific.

The PNE trains are Walker LeRoy copies of Prior & Church trains running on a coaster designed by Carl Phare.

The Western Washington Fair (Funtastic) trains include one Prior & Church train and one Walker LeRoy train...I think there is a third train but I don't know whether it's a Prior & Church, a Walker LeRoy, or a mixture of the two.

Walker LeRoy was the chief of maintenance for Oaks Park right up until his death in...ummm...I'm pretty sure it was 1999. His name is pretty much synonymous with the amusement ride industry in the Pacific Northwest.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Who just barely missed getting to meet Walker LeRoy...My parents got to meet him in 1998.

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Monday, March 18, 2002 5:33 AM
Regarding the Playland Dragon... what ever became of those old Prior & Church trains? Were they scrapped, or thrown into storage?
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Monday, March 18, 2002 8:07 AM

Rideman, yes there is a 3rd train, but I am not sure of its make. I had always "gladly" assumed they were all Prior & Church. I, admittedly, am not a train "worrier." I can't tell the difference. I just know if I like the entire experience. Don't make fun of me.....;)
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Monday, March 18, 2002 2:07 PM
I remember meeting Walker Leroy while visiting Oaks Park in the mid 1970s.I remember him telling me about replacing timbers on the Puyallup Fair coaster and describing a Chance Toboggan coaster as "You go up inside this big tube,spiral down,and it shoots you out at the bottom,it's quite a ride!"I could tell he had a passion for the amusement business.

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