Leap the Dips has reopened!

Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:48 PM
Good news! Leap the Dips reopened on Friday, Aug 12th. Lots of lumber has been replaced, mainly on the track and some of the structure. The ride seems to be running as good as ever, though there is heavy rust on the rails since it hasn't operated since last fall.

Kudos to Lakemont Park for returning this classic to operational status!

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Sunday, August 14, 2005 11:51 PM
kpjb's avatar Is Skyliner back open, too? Last I heard, it was also down.

Hi

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Sunday, August 14, 2005 11:53 PM
Yeah! I'm looking forward to riding it during a first time visit to the park next weekend. It's good to hear that the park has finally got her up and running this season.
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Sunday, August 14, 2005 11:55 PM
Excellent! I'm planning on a brief stop there on the way home from a Penn State visit later this fall... glad to hear I'll get to ride some classic wood.

Bill
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Monday, August 15, 2005 12:12 AM
Yes, Skyliner was also operational!
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Monday, August 15, 2005 1:26 AM
I know who you are Brother Dave.
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Monday, August 15, 2005 1:28 AM
Is he anything like Big Brother? And is he watching me?
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Monday, August 15, 2005 2:38 AM
nasai's avatar I think I might know his identity as well. ;)

The Flying Turns makes all the right people wet - Gonch

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Monday, August 15, 2005 3:00 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar Now I am scared. LOL!

Good to hear the Dips reopened! In a sadistic sort of way I really liked the coaster, although it didn't like me.

-Tina

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Monday, August 15, 2005 8:37 AM
It seems every yaer people say there's more new wood. I wonder how much if any wood is left from the original stucture over 100 yaers ago.
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Monday, August 15, 2005 10:24 AM
This is excellent news, indeed. I was at the park on Saturday the 6th, just missing it. I am glad to hear that it is now back up and running. Skyliner was running great, imo, so I may try to get back to the park when I'm in that general area this weekend. Great stuff.

- Jeff


If I were more clever, something funny would be here.
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Monday, August 15, 2005 10:24 AM
Probably very little. But that's the case with most/all wooden coasters
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Monday, August 15, 2005 11:29 AM
Yeah. pretty much all of the wood was probably replaced during the past decade. At least the cars are original!
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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 3:50 PM
I think I know too. I can read between the lines.

This is GREAT news indeed! LTD is a must ride for any coaster enthusiast. I've got to get there in the next few days.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:23 PM
rollergator's avatar Even treated lumber isn't gonna make it past 20-25 years....granted, LtD is *not* your normal coaster, it's a piece of hardwood furniture reconstructed by *furniture makers*....completely different animal than any other wooden coaster you've ridden....

VERY happy to see it "back on track".. :)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 5:18 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar It was rough but fun to ride in the pouring rain. The staff was having a field day with us last year....laughing their butts off.

VERY unique coaster.

-Tina

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005 11:44 AM
Its a fun ride too, more exciting than you'd expect.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 12:27 AM
All I know is on August 24 it was re-closed, with a car sitting several feet from the bottom of the lift hill. :(
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 1:26 AM
Sorry to hear that, RatherGoodBear. I just heard that there may have been a problem with the chain lift this time. Hopefully, they can repair it soon.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:03 AM
On a PBS show called "Great Old Amusement Parks", (which is available online on VHS) they did a lengthy segent about Lakemont/Leap The Dips. And on there, while they didn't go into a tons of detail they did say Ashley Rischel, (I'm guessing on the spelling.), a local furniture maker was payed to do a "full restoration" on LTD. He said that the wood he had added was "saturated in motor oil to give it longevity, and life" and that he approached the coaster as "...one big piece of furniture."

Take those comments for what there worth. And above all, listen to those who have been there, (which I haven't). From the few up-closeshots they gave it appeared the parts he was talking about were probably around the track itself, and not so much around the structure.


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