There's more than corn in Indiana...
There's more than potatoes in Idaho... :)
5) It's wonderful to see the PHOENIX (#4) still pointing strong and staying high on the charts. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that it's been operating with little or no regard to OSHA or industry safety standards since its relocation to Knoebel's in 1985. Those PTC bench trains and the "fixed position lap bars" are such timeless classics that who would have the heart to do anything to them??? Before the pile-on, know that it ranks right about there on my list as well. I wouldn't change it for the world. . .
Thanks, Barry, for the kind words portion of the paragraph. However, please do not assume that our approach to operating this coaster, or our other coasters and rides in the park, be the approach here unusual, or there plain vanilla common-ordinary -- do not assume the approach is done "with little or no regard to OSHA or industry safety standards".
The State os PA made that mistaken assumption a year ago concerning a little matter with our Twister roller coaster and they ended up profoundly embarrassed, and then educated, about how carefully we operate our rides. Unlike most parks, we are also a ride manufacturer who must understand all aspects of the creative process. Unlike most ride manufacturers, we must live with and operate our equipment. This unique background occasionally leads to unconventional solutions, but it never produces the sort of results which might be realized if we were we so careless as we are (probably innocently) charged.
The fixed-position lap bar system mentioned was designed by John Allen. It is a highly appropriate solution to coasters of many, many certain configurations - Phoenix included.
We are blessed to be able to stand up the safety record of this coaster and any of the other rides in this park to any yardstick of comparason, and have been able to do so for decades. I will grant that we utilize some unconventional solutions. Be assured that they are deliberate and results-oriented, and in no way deserving of (even innocent) maligning.
63 Home PArk Coaster
50 Texas Giant how did that do so well that is painful as can be and the track sways when the train goes over it
So that tells me I have ridden some really crappy wooden coasters. Seriously some of these I think are wrong. Anyone else
John, glad to hear that you were able to enlighten someone in our illustrious state government-- more importantly, that they were open to learning something. Sounds like a far cry from most of the bureaucrats I get to deal with daily.
About the only one there is a consensus on is PGA's Grizzly. :)
It is a testament to Allen's incredible design that it remains such a Top Woodie today as it has been for so many years previous. No one can hardly enter the state of Pennsylvania without hearing it beckon. . .
Shame neither HP nor DP cares about rankings...LOL! :)
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