How is a woodie relocated?

Saturday, November 10, 2001 11:53 AM
When wooden coasters are moved, like Knoble's Pheonix (sp?)
What goes on? Are they moved bent by bent? Who moves them? in house, CCI, etc?
Thanks!
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My fellow Americans, let's roll!
I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake

*** This post was edited by bigkirby on 11/10/2001. ***

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Saturday, November 10, 2001 12:12 PM
Q: How are woodies relocated?
A: Very carefully...

::rimshot::

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Saturday, November 10, 2001 1:19 PM
Much the same as the way YOU would move a "do-it-yourself" desk. It is broken down into smaller more mobile pieces and sent to its destination where it is re-assembled. Who does this???? Good question. I suppose it would depend on WHY it is being moved. If the park is wanting to remove the ride to make room for new attractions, then they tear it down and put it up for sale (or vice versa). As part of the sale, they would make arrangements with the purchaser as to how/who/where it is shipped. Most likely, either the shipping is included in the sale, or the purchaser is solely responsible for transporting. I am sure it is done both ways, just depends on the deal.
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Saturday, November 10, 2001 1:58 PM
So they wouldn't take a chainsaw to it and move the pieces? I was wondering because Thunder Eagle is almost new and now closed. Wouldn't it go great at a smaller park (cough) Conneaut (cough). To all coasterbuzz:

I know I mention Conneaut Lake Park a lot but I really want there to be a future for this great park.

Back on subject:

How could Thunder Eagle be moved?

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My fellow Americans, let's roll!
I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake

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Saturday, November 10, 2001 3:39 PM
bumpy ;)
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My fellow Americans, let's roll!
I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake
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Saturday, November 10, 2001 3:43 PM
I've never done it, but I would imagine that each piece is carefully match marked for reassembly.  Lots of organization to get it straight.  I would think that some careful surveying would also be in order to make sure that the new foundations match up.
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Monday, November 12, 2001 3:57 AM
Each part is marked... I remember seeing pictures of the Magic Springs Twister after it was relocated and you can see all of the bents numbered.  I assume that the bents are marked against blueprints of the ride's original installation, and that the actual assembled structures are loaded onto flatbed trucks, opposed to being taken apart completely.
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Monday, November 12, 2001 6:27 AM

Rob Ascough said:
"Each part is marked... I assume that the bents are marked against blueprints of the ride's original installation, and that the actual assembled structures are loaded onto flatbed trucks, opposed to being taken apart completely."

Add to this the fact that the pieces are inspected at this time. Rotted / Weak wood or worn mechanical parts are usually replaced at this time. If I remember correctly, much of the original wood on the Rocket was replaced (but the mechanical parts stayed) when it was moved and became the Phoenix at Knoebels.


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