Deja Vu to Goliath: Moving a roller coaster

Posted Monday, May 21, 2012 5:12 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Goliath, the latest roller coaster ride at Six Flags in Agawam, has been undergoing hundreds of tests to prepare for its official opening on Friday. Built early last decade for a California park, its relocation and reassemby have presented a series of engineering challenges to rival the glory days of the space program.

Read more from The Boston Globe.

Monday, May 21, 2012 7:19 PM

I found it interesting that the park expects to get "at least two years" out of the ride. Why such a short expected lifespan?

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Monday, May 21, 2012 8:14 PM

If they only expect two years, why relocate it? They relocated it to the farthest park away, who thought of that idea?

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Monday, May 21, 2012 8:19 PM

To be fair they're expecting at *least* two years. But that means they realize they may only get two.

What is this, I don't even.

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Monday, May 21, 2012 8:35 PM

Maybe they're planning on making it a touring coaster. 2-3 years per park, then on to the next one.

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Monday, May 21, 2012 8:38 PM

The ride rotation program is coming back? If so, the a Deja Vu is a really good candidate...compact, fewer supports, something people probably wouldn't ride again and again.

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Monday, May 21, 2012 8:40 PM

Perhaps you're reading into it, or it wasn't adequately described, and they mean it's a marketable attraction as "new" for two or three years.

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Monday, May 21, 2012 10:59 PM

Glory days of the space program? My God, it's just throwing a bunch of metal on the back of a few trucks and screwing it back together. It's not one millionth as complex as landing a guy on the moon.

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Monday, May 21, 2012 11:58 PM

The dude contacted me while I was on vacation for a comment. I told him the ride was largely considered unremarkable by enthusiasts. I guess that wasn't the story he wanted to write.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:27 AM

I rode it on saturday and i will be at Media day tomorrow. Heres a video of it getting stuck on the first tower.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0520OxfjUg

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:02 AM

Looks like two videos spliced together: one full ride cycle and the other capture starting after the ride was already stuck. Clever editing there.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:05 PM

Jeff said:

The dude contacted me while I was on vacation for a comment. I told him the ride was largely considered unremarkable by enthusiasts. I guess that wasn't the story he wanted to write.

Well, he did mention that it didn't make the top 100.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:36 PM

The Boston Globe isn't one of the more reputable newspapers any more. I'm not surprised. Most of its articles are from the New York Times from the day before anyway, I didn't even know they still employed reporters...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:59 PM

I think he's a contractor. He contacted me via a personal address. So perhaps they don't employ reporters. :)

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:33 PM

Or maybe two years is all they expect to get out of the 80486 computer that runs the catch car. Unless they had somebody come in and upgrade it, the catch car system is on an industrial PC that uses ISA bus for the I/O cards. It's possible that somebody has designed a retro for this mess using a PLC by now, but if not, the original hardware has a limited life span.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:29 PM

I'm hoping it will be working so I can ride it when I'm up there for a weekend in September. It at least looks interesting, and maybe a little more fun than your typical boomerang.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:39 PM

Hey, the control equipment for the one at Silverwood came in a fancy shipping container! Just plug it in and ride! :)

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Friday, May 25, 2012 2:02 PM

A lot of equipment continue to use the less complex system. More reliable than today's FANCY complex system.

It all comes down to Windows DOS in the end.

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Friday, May 25, 2012 5:11 PM

I've found the GIB's to be quite fun and especially being dragged up the first tower backwards and then dropped is a very unique experience. However, with the capacity and reliability issues, sadly I found that more often than not it wasn't worth it to get in line.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012 6:07 AM

I also enjoy these contraptions. This is the only one that I had not ridden in its original location. I had done the SFGA & SFOG clones before they were moved. Also rode the one in Spain, which I hear is the most reliable...go figure!

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