Old coasters, keep them or scrap 'em

Saturday, December 29, 2001 7:59 PM
Old roller coaster do you keep them or dismantle them? Coasters such as Corkscrew at Alton towers, Thunderbolt at Dreamworld, and Revolution at Magic Mountain, do they cause too much pain to the riders and hassle in maintenance for the parks to keep??

I think that parks need to balance keeping some of the oldies and goodies for nostalgia's sake but also a parks reputation for having coasters that people will enjoy. Lets admit it riding a really rough coaster such as Thunderbolt gives you a serious headache and looks bad on the park (Dreamworld, Australia)

What do you all think, should parks follow Knotts and dismantle those coasters that just don't work well anymore?

Saturday, December 29, 2001 8:03 PM
The thing is, with proper maintaince, the majority of steel coasters will age quite gracefully. Look at basically any Schwarzkopf looper from the '70's *that still has the original restraints* for prime examples.

Tyler Eaves

Saturday, December 29, 2001 8:16 PM
I highly agree with you gyjnb about older coasters giving a good park a bad name. I think a lot of the older coasters should be kept up and running though as long as they still provide a great ride, aren't painful and are safe as all the newer coasters coming in each year.
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Saturday, December 29, 2001 8:30 PM
I think parks should stop building quite so many newer coasters, and take care of what they have.  If the coasters require too much maintenance to keep them running adequately, then they should be dismantled or sold.  There is absolutely no reason to allow a coaster to sit, unless there are IMMEDIATE plans to take care of it, or sell it.  Attention:  BGW!
Saturday, December 29, 2001 8:34 PM
TylerE and nasai must be trying to get on my good side...LOL.  Missing Viper before we even get its replacement, some lucky SF park is gonna get a great Anton shuttle looper.  Wooden coasters should NEVER be scrapped, but they will ALWAYS require maintenance - don't build 'em if you don't want the upkeep.  Steel coasters nned to be maintained too, just not as much...once in a great while, I hate to admit, a ride comes along that requires total dismantling or total re-work (a la SP to PR)... hope its true that the Togo Viper returns at SFGAdv, I really liked the quirky ride...
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*** This post was edited by rollergator on 12/30/2001. ***


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