How was Santa Monica West Coaster Built?

Saturday, January 5, 2002 8:21 AM
I've been meaning to ask this for a while. It appears that the supports for this coaster go straight trough the boardwalk and right into the water. How in the heck did they put the supports in for this thing? And which came first, the coaster, or pier around it? Thanks.

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Saturday, January 5, 2002 9:37 AM
Edit: Looking at the pics on rcdb, (I thought it was a wood coaster, whoops) It looks like they could have been built at the same time, and the pier built around the coaster.
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*** This post was edited by bigkirby on 1/5/2002. ***

Saturday, January 5, 2002 12:02 PM
The pier came looong before the West Coaster. I think the pier was bulit in the 20's or 50's (I don't remember). The West Coaster opened in 1997.
Saturday, January 5, 2002 7:58 PM
The Santa Monica Pier was built by Charles Looff prior to the first World War. I have pictures of it dating around 1916. Arthur Looff, Charles' son designed the original coaster on the pier. He also designed and built the Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz. As far as the West Coaster's instalation,concrete pilings were driven in down to bedrock,then a concrete cap poured.The supports were then bolted to the caps. 

*** This post was edited by Dutchman on 1/6/2002. ***


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