Intamin appreciation

Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:06 AM
Since the late 90's Intamin has given us some pretty incredible rides. Reactions like NO WAY! and HOLY SH!! come to mind, hapilily indeed.

Doesn't there seem to be something about Intamin rides that just feel different and more fun than other rides?

Their skeleton box-track is mind-expandingly awesome..

Now that's what I call real ultimate power!


How can one group of people from switzerland do a bunch of calculations that make their rides more fun than a group of dutch people's rides?
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:08 AM
I think they put something in the water there for those three awesome Swiss companies.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:09 AM

Anti-bush, Anti-war

Well, I like your signature ;)

Maybe it's the airtime and thrills their coasters provide...
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:17 AM
3 swiss companies? B&M, Intamin and ______? Schwarzkopf was German right?

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:19 AM
Giovanola

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:22 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot about them. Thanks- MarimbaGuy87

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:26 AM
People forget to remember that Intamin AG used to be the "Vekoma" to the amusement industry prior to debut of the first Superman Ride of Steel in 1999. Their rides were faulty, never opened on time, low capacity, and had technological problems. Volcano The Blast Coaster and Superman The Escape are two examples. It wasn't until their "new line" of next generation coasters came that their popularity and reputation soared to the top.
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:44 AM
While that may be true remeber that Intamin was known for non coaster amusement rides before rides such a V:TBC.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 11:52 AM
I was just woundering does Intamin hve any full circit Inverted Coastes?
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 12:00 PM
Yeah there are a few, search around on http://rcdb.com and you'll find some.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 12:05 PM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
Their [Intamin's] rides were faulty, never opened on time, low capacity, and had technological problems.

LOL, not much has changed, has it! ;) Okay, maybe the capacity has gone up a bit, I'll give them that.

Joe, who stands by his love of the quality of the Intamin ride experience, however still hates their reliability issues.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 12:23 PM

coo man chu said:
How can one group of people from switzerland do a bunch of calculations that make their rides more fun than a group of dutch people's rides?

His name is Werner Stengel

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 12:32 PM

coo man chu said:


Their skeleton box-track is mind-expandingly awesome..

I think its very interesting how everyone praises Intamin's Box Track and never gives credit to the person who actually invented all the track intamin uses Mr. Anton Schwarzkopf. Intamin just bought the track designs after Schwarzkopf shut down which was deffinately a smart move. Don't Beleive me that Anto developed your precious Intamin Track? Look Familiar http://rcdb.com/installationgallery37.htm?Picture=1
I also remember seeing the Tri Track in a picture of the Schwarzkopf Suspended

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 1:04 PM

Antuan said:

His name is Werner Stengel


Nah, he designed The Flying Coaster which is made by Zamperla (Italy). Not one of the greatest rides, in my opinion.

Stengel has some incredible designs, though.
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 1:51 PM
It isn't just coasters that the Swiss are good at. If you want almost any steel-based structure (particularly mechanical), the Swiss are your best bet. Germany would have to come in at a close number two. The fact that Switzerland has 100% literacy levels is probably the core of the answer (superior education system).

I don't think the reason that Vekoma aren't necessarily as smooth as Intamin or B&M etc., falls down to train construction and maintenance. I think Vekoma's layouts are fantastic; many look better than the Swiss stuff. Just the trains don't look, sound or feel as solid as others, and wheels seem to be made from a very hard compound, that while doesn't wear down easily, gives a much rougher ride.

Werner Stengel has worked with Vekoma too (not sure to what extent), so it isn't all to do with him. I think he delivers great layouts, but without decent trains running on them, there isn't much room for success.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 2:07 PM

Sfgamfreak1169 said:
I was just woundering does Intamin hve any full circit Inverted Coastes?

2 Tornados and Volcano.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 2:10 PM
I agree. To me there's just something in Intamin coasters that make me fall in love with them at first site. Maybe it's the wild layouts, the box track, or just their overall design, I don't know. I just find Intamin coasters to be much more visually appealing than any other brand of coasters out there.

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 2:56 PM
Actually the box track came around when Intamin was part of Schwarzkopf. The now Intamin designed the box track for Anton's use. When Schwarzkopf shut down, Intamin moved to Vekoma, then later became what is now "Intamin", which they still had the patents on the box track (registered patent through designer, not manufacturer)

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Saturday, February 1, 2003 3:17 PM

Forgot about Swar(insert correct spelling)kopf.... The box track is retro-y then isn't it?

Ah well, they also have flat track, and triangular track, which is also mind-boggling wicked bad! (which is a good thing)

Ah Intamin, good as butter
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Saturday, February 1, 2003 4:28 PM

i love box track and the double rail rack... but triangular is ok.
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