Modern version of retro coasters. What would you like to see produced again?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:46 AM
On a new show on PBS the other night, 'Carousel of Memories', they showed footage of the "Skyclone", and it looked absolutely sick. Anyone know where any photos are of it, or any more info on it?
Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:47 AM
@ Vater: I always guessed that the structure of the ride would rotate (like an upside-down, tilted umbrella) which in return would cause the trains (there were 2) to move, always running downhill in an endless spiral.

It was shown in the great Coney Island feature film and looked sensational. While I donĀ“t think it offered a thrilling ride, it certainly was thrilling in its insane (and certainly dangerous) conception. *** Edited 7/21/2005 2:55:55 PM UTC by tricktrack***

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:50 AM
Vater, that is *exactly* what I was referring to in the second part of my that thing looked like awesome fun....and likely was quite dangerous as well... ;)
Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:09 AM
^I think you have it right, Vater and Bill. :-) If I remember correctly the show didn't exactly give any details on it, it was just featured in some old footage.


Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:25 AM
tricktrack - that actually would make more sense. Quite a unique concept...

Gator - I didn't even read the second part of your post! I just clicked on your links and responded...oops! How juvenile of me...looking at the pictures and ignoring the text! :)

Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:57 PM

coasterqueenTRN said:
Hey Clint, give Thunder and TTornado my love!

I know this has been said before, but I would like to see The Bat (from PKI) make a comeback, but one that runs more reliably.

How about just a plain old switchback railway? ;-)


I have to agree. I was lucky enough to ride the bat during it's short run at PKI. (What did it last, about one season?) By far one of the best suspended coasters I have riden. If I remember correctly, a park worker was killed while inspecting/working on the ride. Am I correct? If so, is this the only reason that they closed it down? *** Edited 7/21/2005 4:59:23 PM UTC by Kraven the Raven***

Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:23 PM
I am not exactly sure what the problems were. I thought most of them were mechanical but maybe some of the locals that post on here can shed some light on what really happened. ;-)

There is not THAT much on the net, but I did find THIS to be informative.

I got to ride it once as well, during my first PKI visit.....'82 I believe.

Actually I don't remember much about the ride, other the the trains looked kind of creepy. ;-)


*** Edited 7/21/2005 5:28:28 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Thursday, July 21, 2005 2:36 PM
the original cyclone racer had sofa sized seats and the trains were open front. besides, ptc's are pieces of crap.
Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:05 PM
Ha! Been on Kennywood's Racer lately?

- Josh

Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:06 PM
...ptc's are pieces of crap?

What? Care to back that up? Why do you say such a thing?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:18 PM
I don't think anyone ever died on the Bat. It was removed because it was a maintenance nightmare. No banked turns were constantly wearing out the shocks. I did get to ride it and I thought the Bat trains were the coolest.
Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:26 PM
4 words -

Belle Vue Bobs please

Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:40 PM
I want to see the Crystal Beach Cyclone come back so I can burn it into the ground.

But really, more Arrow Dynamics. I want more of everything they made. Their Sitdown coasters were beggining to kick butt(most 90's loopers they made, especially TN Tornado), their Suspended coasters are awesome, and they probably would have sold more 4ds by now than S&S. Not to mention the Arrowbatic concept.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:50 PM
I personally would love to see the Idora Park Wildcat rebuilt. The most intense coaster I have ever ridden.
Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:15 PM
I'd like to see more Schwarzkopf terrain loopers like SFOG's Mindbender and SFMM's Revolution.
Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:18 PM
I would like to see a rebuild of the Cincinnati's Coney Island Wild Cat. Also fix The Beast trains so they have no lap bar or seat belt just one bar that comes down. This would make alot more air time that I miss.
Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:06 PM
Votrtex were the Beast trains originally like that or is that just a wish of yours?

I know I would like to see one of those I think it was called a tobaggan(SP) I remember them a long time ago when I was a kid, they use to have one at the fair. I haven't seen one or rode one in ages I thought they were pretty fun.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:26 PM

westcoaster man said:
Votrtex were the Beast trains originally like that or is that just a wish of yours?

Yes The Beast trains where originally like that. Their was not alot of padding on the seats also. If you have rode the Beastie it had the same bars at one time. Does anyone know why they got rid of the one bar that came down?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:00 PM
They probably were the single position (buzz bar) PTC trains. Insurance is most likely the reason they changed them.

The trim brakes remove any possibility of airtime anyway. It seems like they never wanted any airtime either on it.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:09 PM
I'd love to see Flahback without the Otsr.

NAD trains copied. More looping coasters using just lapbars.


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