Iron Wolf to possibly close at Six Flags Great America.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:31 PM

Torn down, as in chopped apart and melted down. No Beemer has yet to be completely scrapped, unlike basically ever other coaster company.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:49 PM

No, but there is at least one SBNO. If fear it could be scrapped if they don't do something with it soon.

Led Zeppelin/Time Machine

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:00 PM

Eh. Time Machine was a fun ride and all, but if there's a newer B&M that were to be torn down, and it happened to be Time Machine, I wouldn't really be that upset. Definitely not the best thing ever.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 12:13 AM

Saw someone post a personal e-mail reply, purportedly from SFGAm park president Hank Selemi, debunking the myth and saying he is an ardent supporter of retaining our classic rides and people will be enjoying IW for years to come. Same line the park issued a few weeks ago.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 12:51 AM

Is that what he calls it? Enjoying it? lol

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Friday, July 22, 2011 12:53 AM

DaveStroem said:
No, but there is at least one SBNO. If fear it could be scrapped if they don't do something with it soon.

Led Zeppelin/Time Machine

That ride will not be scrapped. If that park is auctioned off, Time Machine will be the first to be snatched up and relocated.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 1:18 AM

I did hear from Hank Salemi at a coaster event last summer, that they would like to keep Iron Wolf, as it is B&M's first coaster.

(They also have every intention of keeping Whizzer, yay!)

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Friday, July 22, 2011 9:35 AM

IW is the only coaster I can honestly say I just get no joy from riding after the drop, it's gotten so bad. I used to really enjoy it. I just don't see the point in keeping it, even with the history. It seems like the park has no interest in doing anything to make the ride better, either, which is how they typically treat rides that are leaving. They have gone to great lengths to maintain rides like Demon and Whizzer to keep them enjoyable.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 12:45 PM

Iron Wolf is the 2nd stand up coaster I ever rode, and it was almost the last. Mantis beat the hell out of my head the year before, but this one made me feel like I did a few rounds with Mike Tyson. Heck, I think Great American Scream Machine was a smoother ride.

It'd probably be a fun coaster with regular trains, but it's just too jerky/snappy for a stand up one.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 2:29 PM

I also found IW rough when I rode it a few years ago. I actually remember thinking that I was surprised that a B&M could be that rough.

I have also thought a floorless train would be good on that ride though.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 4:45 PM

Aren't the trains on IWolf actually old Intamin stand-up trains? Either way, the ride was pretty sweet the first 2 years it ran.

Now, I will take one ride on it a year.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 4:56 PM

If you want to be really technically picky, you could say Z-Force/Flashback was the first Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard designed layout to be removed for scrap.

The B&M duo used to work for Intamin and probably took away a lot of the stand up ideas from them. Iron Wolfs trains were built by Giovanola, though designed by B&M.

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Friday, July 22, 2011 5:32 PM

^Ahhhhh,, i c :)

Imagine Iron Wolf with new sit down, lap-bar trains :) Throw in a tunnel or two, some goofy Werewolf theme, and I think we'd have a great ride!

edit - "Revenge of the Wolf"

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Friday, July 22, 2011 5:43 PM
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Saturday, July 23, 2011 3:30 PM

67440Dodge said:
Iron Wolf is the 2nd stand up coaster I ever rode, and it was almost the last. Mantis beat the hell out of my head the year before, but this one made me feel like I did a few rounds with Mike Tyson. Heck, I think Great American Scream Machine was a smoother ride.

It'd probably be a fun coaster with regular trains, but it's just too jerky/snappy for a stand up one.

The thing is, it used to be a much, much, better ride. Yeah, probably too many snappy moves for a stand-up, but the headbanging used to be absent.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011 1:13 AM

I've heard from my sources that IW is definitely moving to SFA. My sources really dont mean much though. lol

I really expected, and really wanted, SFA to replace the closed Skull Mountain water ride. I'd even love for them to keep the stone skull structure and have the new water ride drop through it just like before.

I think that IW is going in that spot though, which means that most photos of the newish coaster will have to be creatively shot if one desires to remove Wild One from the background.

I find the ascetics of an amusement park important. So shoot me. lol

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:22 PM

Big announcement from SFGAm on Monday, August 1! Clues are being provided from the "confidential file" each day on their Facebook page.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:51 PM

LostKause said:

I find the ascetics of an amusement park important. So shoot me. lol

Potty mouth!

I agree with ILRider - the ride used to be kick butt. I don't know how it was; it's so damn *twisty*. I remember smoothness, a strange lack of banging and weird air time that kinda pulled my legs out from under me - or something strange like that. Had to be the first 2 years of the ride, or so.

It damn near hurts every part of my body, these days.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:23 PM

^ could it be that you are 20 years older now? :(

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:31 PM

^Of course, I am definitely 20 years older now.

However, I doubt that has much to do with the ride being very painful now - compared to being new and smooth in 1990.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:31 PM

I think Travis means aesthetics not ascetic. Definitely want nothing to do with being ascetic ;-).

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