[url][url]Is there a good listing of various flat ride locations somewhere on the web? I've done some quick searching but don't see anything jumping out at me. For example, I'm looking for something like the "List of Huss Pirate Ships".
Some rides have a listing on Wikipedia. For example, troika lists 8 installations in the United States. Is there an "RCDB" of flat rides out there somewhere?
If you go to Wiki, you can get some information there. But, I wouldn't count on it as fact. There are way more flat rides than coasters. I can't imagine any list being comprehensive or accurate unless it was provided by a manufacture. But, even then, they wouldn't necessarily know when used rides are changing hands.
Here is the Wiki link for Huss
Unfortunately, the Pirate Ship is one of the rides with out a stand-alone page.
Best one I've found: http://flatrides.com/
I was going to say that. But he was looking for a list of where all installations are located. FlatRides.com doesn't do that.
I can imagine something like that would be a nightmare to maintain.... Duane relies on lots of people giving him information, I'm not convinced people would be able, or have the desire to provide it.
Nothing to see here. Move along.
And even as comprehensive as RCDB is, even it's not a complete list. There's certainly nothing else out there that even remotely comes close.
We've bandied about the idea of a flat-rides database for over a decade. Adam (flatrides.com) does a really good job...but he's really pretty busy these days.
I would say that it's definitely doable, but really time consuming. The permament installations not much of a problem. The portables is where the challenge comes in, not so much the big shows and the independents with the spectacular tho. The fun would be tracking down the forty milers that are still using rides built by Watkins, King, and a dozen other builders long out of business.
Seems like a wiki-style site would be useful for this sort of thing, but that also takes time and effort by whoever the admins are. I don't envy the server bills that rcdb must pay every month. I think it's great that they don't use ads, but that's hard to do with a site that has any sort of decent traffic.
Pagoda Gift Shop said:
I think it's great that they don't use ads, but that's hard to do with a site that has any sort of decent traffic.
RCDB has an ad at the top of every page.
CB actually has some wiki-like infrastructure that was never fully baked. Hope to see it in a future release. Today, at least, you can add stuff that's missing.
Duane started RCDB as a hobby and kept ads off as long as he could. But, as you might imagine, it got expensive. When he did finally put ads up on the site, he tried to keep them to a minimum.
I'll never understand why people have an issue with ads. Stuff isn't free.
For the most part, TV ads don't bother me too much. But, when you get the fast talking legalese, or the GD Gecko, I feel like never watching TV again. Fortunately, I haven't worn out my mute button yet. Flashing banner ads on the internet make me want to punch my computer monitor. My lack of sleep probably has a lot to do it. I don't want anyone to lose money. In most cases, it doesn't bother me. In some instances, I'd rather pay for an ad free service. Hence my CoasterBuzz membership. I even had the PointBuzz membership for the same reason when it was offered years ago.
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