Knoebels HSTC - gone

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 1:08 PM

Hello everyone,

According to this http://www.rcdb.com/id146.htm, HSTC will not be back for the 2009 season.

Knoebels does not have their 09 map available yet to confirm. It should be up soon.

Sorry if this was posted already, I looked around and didn't see a topic related to this.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 1:17 PM

^ wow. that is a little ironic...I had never even known this coaster existed until 3 or 4 days ago (I've never been to Knoebels) when I had got on to RCDB and it was a random coaster and now its gone...weird...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 11:09 AM

:( This is Sad News :(

High Speed Thrill Coaster (AKA "The Baby Coaster on 'Roids") Had the honor of being the smallest Coaster on my Personal "Top Ten" List.

(Steel Non-Looping under 100' Tall for the Record)

She was all of 15 Feet Tall but she packed a greater whallop than some coasters ten times her size! She pinned you on her turns, and those small hils gave MAJOR Air Time. This ride bucked like a Bronco! Thanks for the memories HSTC. You will be missed!

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 11:55 AM

Sad news indeed, fabulous ride with intensity that couldn't be believed unless you've ridden, or at least seen it in person. I'd be more upset if I didn't know that KG takes this kind of stuff VERY seriously, and wouldn't take a ride removal lightly. They spent time and effort trying to figure out a way to keep the ride operational. When KG is done with the ride, I'd virtually guarantee the next stop is the recyclers. On a more positive note, the steel coaster just purchased by Knoebels is also a "classic"... :)

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 12:14 PM

Who's starting the petition?

Last edited by eightdotthree, Thursday, February 5, 2009 12:25 PM
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Thursday, February 5, 2009 2:26 PM

Interesting to note that on Knoebels Rates Page they list two new kiddie rides (bug ride and Himalaya) with a .75 price tag AND a new family coaster (Golden Nugget I assume) with a TBA price listing. Looks like they are planning on getting it up and running this year.

FYI Flying turns is listed at $2.50.

Tom

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 4:55 PM

I understand that the HSTC required a lot of work in recent years. It has been two years since I started hearing that the ride's days might be numbered. But there will be a new coaster in '09 and rumor is that it will definitely please fans of the HSTC.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 6:39 PM

This is the only Known OVERLAND company coaster out there.Gator, Since when it Golden Nugget steel?

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 6:47 PM

Since always.

http://www.rcdb.com/id400.htm

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 6:54 PM

Interesting to note that on they list two new kiddie rides (bug ride and Himalaya) with a .75 price tag AND a new family coaster (Golden Nugget I assume) with a TBA price listing. Looks like they are planning on getting it up and running this year.

The new family coaster is NOT Golden Nugget. That ride won't be put into use for some time. They'll be concentrating on getting Flying Turns open.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 7:45 PM

The link below has pictures of the removal. Apperently it is being replaced by a simiar ride. 9Not Flying Turns or Golden Nugget)

http://www.screamscape.com/html/knoebels.htm

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Thursday, February 5, 2009 10:09 PM

I've got early money on a Miler in place of HSTC. Turns, I'll remain hopeful I will ride in '09...sometime. Pretty sure I read somewhere official-ish that Nugget was likely '10 or '11...

edit: Now I know where I read that last bit... :)

Last edited by rollergator, Thursday, February 5, 2009 10:14 PM
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Thursday, February 5, 2009 10:53 PM

You're making a good bet there, Bill.

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Friday, February 6, 2009 11:17 AM

Dang...I knew I should have ridden HTSC when I was there last season. I kept looking at it and thinking, "You know, I know it's a kiddie coaster and I don't want to be a credit whore, but I've heard such good things about it...." I couldn't quite get past the kiddie aspect, and now I'm bummed. Does anyone know if it's being permanently dismantled or if it's going to another park or something?

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Friday, February 6, 2009 11:39 AM

^bunky, we can be pretty certain that Knoebels would have kept it around if it COULD have been saved. No park has the skills, personnel, and equipment to match KG when it comes to preservation/restoration. If they can't refurb the ride, it's a virtual certainty the recycler's is the final resting place. Learn from my mistakes, NEVER pass up an operating coaster - some really are better than their looks would lead you to believe.

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Friday, February 6, 2009 1:21 PM

eightdotthree said:
Who's starting the petition?

Ahh, just refuse to buy season passes. That'll teach them.

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Friday, February 6, 2009 4:21 PM

rollergator said:^bunky, we can be pretty certain that Knoebels would have kept it around if it COULD have been saved. No park has the skills, personnel, and equipment to match KG when it comes to preservation/restoration. If they can't refurb the ride, it's a virtual certainty the recycler's is the final resting place. Learn from my mistakes, NEVER pass up an operating coaster - some really are better than their looks would lead you to believe.

Yeah, he walked on the kiddies heads to get on Phantom Jr. :)

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Saturday, February 7, 2009 1:17 PM

Wow, that's sad. As I just logged in to CoasterBuzz today this is the first I've heard of High Speed Thrills removal. I have tons of pics of it and guess I will have to make kind of a tribute page to it like I did of Williams Grove.

www.coasterfan.org

Last edited by robert mosley, Saturday, February 7, 2009 1:17 PM
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Saturday, February 7, 2009 1:52 PM

I rode it a few time and wasn't impressed. I never did see what the hype was all about. It seemed to me to be just like every other oval shaped kiddie coaster out there.

Not to say that it wasn't special to other people, but I never understood what the big deal was.

From what I've heard, it's replacement will be very similar.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009 2:36 PM

Back seat on HSTC was sick. The whipping action over those little hills was awesome.

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