Posted Friday, April 15, 2005 10:05 AM | Contributed by Grant
Forty photos of Galaxyland Amusment Park located inside the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta have been added to Coaster Grotto. The update includes photos of the Mindbender roller coaster, plus various other rides and attractions.
Link: Coaster Grotto
Friday, April 15, 2005 11:47 AM
Ever since I saw that grusome photo of Mindbenders accident I don't think I'd be comfortalbe riding it. Even though it might be safe now after 25 years, but that's just me.
Friday, April 15, 2005 12:33 PM
I seem to remember this was a train issue, which is why the train only has three cars now. I feel you about not wanting to ride a coaster that had a bad accident, but I had the same feelings about S:ROS at SFNE, which were quickly forgotten once we went down the first drop:)
Friday, April 15, 2005 1:58 PM
It was a maintenance issue. Screws and bolts were found on the ground all over the place, and those still on trains and supports were way too loose.
The train got so much forces and combined with the lack of bolts, tore itself apart.
Anyway, history is history because it happened in the past, I'd remember the events, but would be comfortable riding it. After all, I'm sure the park has different management that doesn't want to have another accident in their park again.
Friday, April 15, 2005 9:30 PM
This incident was one of the straws that eventually broke the financial back of Schwarzkopf. The maintenance issue was brought up at the hearings, but the Canadian trade unions fought back vehemently, blaming Schwarzkopf for a "poor design that was almost impossible work on". Obviously they didn't ask any of the parks and shows in the United States and Europe that used these rides about how they worked on them.
Saturday, April 16, 2005 3:10 PM
Hey Guys is there any links to some of the pictures of the accident?
Saturday, April 16, 2005 4:54 PM
Actually the original trains are only on one coaster in the United States, Zonga. They are a bit different than any other Schwarzkopf trains... not sure how many coasters in Germany run them.
Sunday, April 17, 2005 8:26 AM
I believe the Zonga trains now have normal OTSR's. When it was the Texas Tornado/Thriller, it had the Mindbender style lap bar with half shoulder harness.
Sunday, April 17, 2005 3:35 PM
Yeah, I wasn't talking about restraints though. The train mechanics themselves are a bit different than most Schwarzkopf trains.
Monday, April 18, 2005 9:46 AM
Except for the track, the coaster is completely different than before the accident. There were maintenance, operator training, wheel design and restraint design issues. You don't need to see the pictures. Just imagine the last car of the coaster, derailed in a loop, and smashed into the concrete pillar of an adjacent track support at 40-50 mph. It was a mess. It was a miracle that one rider in that car survived.
The new system running since the mid-80's has the most restrictive restraints of any coaster I've been on. But it's still a great ride. And probably the safest and most monitored coaster in Canada.
Monday, April 18, 2005 1:37 PM
There is one photo of the accident at this link:
Monday, April 18, 2005 1:53 PM
The dead person in the corner did it for me.