I saw a support on the Trailblazer that was painted bright yellow, and the tube was painted black. The two places that I saw these paint areas were, at the first Helix after the lift hill (clearly saw from Storm Runner's Queve line), and the first support on the list hill. (saw from the monorail). I have a picture, but due to uploading problems, I can't, but I will keep on trying.
Bright yellow supports??? Ewww, I hope this isn't true, I just don't think that would look right on Trailblazer. But, I have faith in Hershey when it comes to repainting rides...SooperDooperLooper looks great since being repainted.
Hersheypark normally picks good colors or stick with the old ones that worked already....unlike some other parks I know of.
I'm not sure I want it to stand out as much. I mean on one hand, the lines for it are usually fairly long, so it's not like the ride needs the extra "stand-outish" attention...saying "here, come ride me!" (wish my gf would tho...oops sorry family thread) ;)
Anyway...if it's true, a bright yellow and black...sounds like Batman colors to me...so is it trying to become Trailblazer: The Ride? Or maybe they'll just rename it to "Blazer: The Ride"...
It seems kind of odd that the one support that sports this new color is that small one.
Is it possible that it is either a) a test of a new color scheme... seeing how it looks on that little support before deciding on re doing the entire ride, or b) a "repaired" support with the yellow being some sort of undercoat / primer before being painted to match the rest of the ride.
Personally, I hope the ride stays as is. I like how it naturally blends into the surroundings.
I don't think this represents a color change... but rather represents a repaired support that has yet to be painted in that pic. Why? Because that is a pic that is a few months old. Notice that the trees have green leaves on them. Currently the trees are bare... having lost their leaves for the winter. This means that it was taken pre September / October... before the leaves dropped... and even before they turned colors in fall.
As of Saturday, Feb 15, Trailblazer is still its regular reddish brown color. Since this pic is a few months old, if this yellow would have represneted a new paint scheme, I would think that more would have been done by now.
Service road: That is a possibility too. Perhaps permanent, or perhaps temporary (Construction of Storm Runner may have had something to do with it... again, not sure when the pic was taken). Then again... why not just add some sort of reflectors?
So... based on the fact that the pic is at least a few months old, and Trailblazer still has maintained its "red / brown" paint scheme, it still leads me to believe that it is not a sign that the ride is beign re painted. (Either a pic taken before that one support was repainted after repairs OR to make it more visible next to the service road).
If that were the case, shouldn't the supports for SR also be painted? They're just as close to the road, as is the next blazer support to the left. Besides, the track itself above the support would probably be struck before the column would.
Yellow paint would be more effective than reflectors, because they can fade/break/get eaten by squirrels. If you paint it yellow, it's a standard "caution" color. As for why aren't the stormrunner supports painted? Maybe because they're not dirt-colored?
Hershey is about expanding the horizons...Great Bear's intriquite layout...Storm Runner's new and amazing kind of coaster...the list goes on.
Look at Storm Runner, does that bright red get along with the western white horse theme? Not really, but it is still red. Trailblazer becoming black with yellow supports would be diffrent, but remember it was pure white before.
There were always 3 trains i was told by the former maint. Manager. He said that that ride will be popular for a while (years)due to the uniqueness of the ride. *** Edited 1/28/2005 6:33:41 PM UTC by Astro-liner***
Comet Rider said: Of course, if the ride would have been built with the 1400 feet that was removed prior to construction,
RCDB doesn't have a quote for length of Trailblazer... but according to Hersheypark's site, the length is listed as 1,600. Are you saying that original plans had called for an additional 1,400 feet, bringing the total to around 3,000 feet?
If so... why was it cancelled? And where wold it have run?