Defunct Python at SFA

Monday, April 29, 2002 7:05 AM
OK, first of all, is the Defunct Python at SFA still sitting in pieces behind S:ROS and Batwing? I haven't been yet this season so I don't know if its still there or not. But what do yall think they will do with the ride? Rumors had it that they would rebuild it but those rumors died and nothing has been done with it yet Do u think that they are holding onto it for a reason, or they just don't have anywhere for it to go?

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Monday, April 29, 2002 7:27 AM
Yes Python is still there in about half a dozen pieces just sitting to the right of Batwing as for plans to rebuild the coaster at a later date it's still anyone's guess.I'd just rather see them get rid of it myself,after all python's track spotting plus all the land clearing last year is what touched off that bogus rumor about a B&M stand up going in that area.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 8:17 AM
I'm assuming that the coaster will be sacraficed to keep Six Flags two operating Arrow shuttles (Frontier City's Diamond Back and SFEG's Sidewinder) in operation. Either that, or use the parts for other Arrows that may utilize common parts (braking systems, rolling stock, etc.) Honestly, I can't see any Six Flags park installing the ride... if a park were to decide on a used shuttle loop, there is always SFOG's Viper floating around.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 9:18 AM

From personal experience I can tell you that old junk tends to lay around at a business for a long time if it isn't trashed immediately. The problem is it costs money to get rid of it, and until management gets so annoyed with it that they let/force you tospend the money you have better things to do with your maintenance budget.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 10:49 AM

Rob Ascough said:
... if a park were to decide on a used shuttle loop, there is always SFOG's Viper floating around.


Still hoping SFoG (the closest SF park to me) reinstalls the ride....but that's not likely, so I'm sticking with my original wager of SFKK. WW/EV is another possibility, although that's a ton of transport costs....what if SF does go through with the purchase of Visionland?

I think these used rides still have some life left in them, and wish there weren't SO many of them "in storage". Although I'd (obviously) prefer the Antons, I hate to see good coasters going bad. If Viper doesn't go anywhere next year, I fear it may become another victim of the *graveyards/boneyards*...sad!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 11:15 AM

It was my first looping coaster so i hope they put it back up.There probably wouldn't be as bad as all the other lines.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 11:41 AM

rollergator: I agree with you regarding rides in boneyards and graveyards, with the Tidal Wave/Viper being the one exception for two reasons:

1) The Tidal Wave sat unassembled for three years between 1992 and 1995 before being resurrected as the Viper at SFOG. I don't see any reason why SF won't procrastinate with this ride and wait to rebuild it again.

2) Schwarzkopf shuttles don't seem to ever die, they just move to other continents! Kennywood's Laser Loop went to Mexico (okay, technically not another continent) while another (was it King Cobra?) went to Africa. Don't hold me to it, but I don't think that any Schwarzkopf shuttle has yet to close and never reappear.

Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope that Viper doesn't suffer the boneyard fate!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 11:48 AM

But I'm *hearing* that the Schwarzkopfs are getting harder and harder to get parts for, don't KNOW for sure, but it's been repeated quite frequently....of course, there is NO misinformation on the web....;)

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 12:08 PM
I believe that it was my first looping coaster as well. Its interesting to hear all of these extinct coaster stories. I never guessed that there were that many rides in parts.

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So...you can't handle a rollercoaster huh? Well...you ARE the Weakest Link! Goodbye!
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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 2:38 PM
Well I can tell you guys from taking a walk through the field of where it sits that it's gonna be a very long time before it gets rebuilt at all. The track is overgrown with weeds, everything is faded, and there are many large patches of rust all over the track. It's a shame they couldn't have at least put big tarps over it or something, because even though they're mostly cosmetic problems, it's still quite an eyesore compared to its heyday of Adventure World times.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 2:46 PM

rollergator said:

But I'm *hearing* that the Schwarzkopfs are getting harder and harder to get parts for, don't KNOW for sure, but it's been repeated quite frequently....of course, there is NO misinformation on the web....



Mabye thats why the Lazer at dorney takes five minutes to get up its lift hill. That may be why they dont fix it.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 3:05 PM
Tarps get condensation under them and in the long run can increase corrosion of stored steel. To preserve things, you need to put a cover over it, but allow adequate ventilation. Or alternatively, you can seal things up real tight and add a vapor phase rust inhibitor.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2002 12:59 PM

Rob Ascough said:
2) Schwarzkopf shuttles don't seem to ever die, they just move to other continents! Kennywood's Laser Loop went to Mexico (okay, technically not another continent) while another (was it King Cobra?) went to Africa. Don't hold me to it, but I don't think that any Schwarzkopf shuttle has yet to close and never reappear.

You're right about Schwarzkopf shuttles being relocated to other continents! However, the King Kobra (Anton's first shuttle) went to the UK first as Thunderlooper at Alton Towers, then to Hopi Hari in Brazil as Katapul. Paramount's Carowinds' White Lightning is the one that went to Africa, specifically Gold Reef City as the Golden Loop.

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*** This post was edited by Vater on 5/1/2002. ***

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002 4:13 PM
Before thunderlooper it was kng kobra at jolly rogers in o.c.!

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