On Ride Central interviews Trevor Hite of Chance-Morgan

Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2002 4:49 AM | Contributed by Brett Stevens

On Ride Central has just published an interview with the general manager of Chance-Morgan Manufacturing, Trevor Hite, regarding the revamping of the Steel Phantom into the Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood.

Link: On Ride Central

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Tuesday, May 7, 2002 5:44 AM
Very good! The questions were things the general enthusiasts would ask. I still think theres a little more to it though. Sounds like Steel Phantom was tearing itself apart, which could have been even more of an issue, but we'll never know.
Tuesday, May 7, 2002 5:58 AM

That may be true I never even considered that. I rode that alot and never thought the 'roughness' would do that. It makes a very interesting point.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2002 9:17 AM
Excellent interview. I guess I would have asked a bit more about the new coaster design he kept referring to (or was that all he was going to say?)

But again, kudos to a great report.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2002 2:02 PM
I like the fact that other parks have shown interest in getting their rides re done. I am alos interested in this new restarint system. Sounds very cool.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2002 5:20 PM
Any update on the tunnel?
Tuesday, May 7, 2002 6:23 PM
well, I can understand that it was getting rough and it might cause problems if they did not do anything about it. But did they have to get rid of the inversions? to have inversions on a coaster with that big of a drop was awsome, but oh well, I guess Turning it into a non-looping hyper coaster was the best thing to do.
Wednesday, May 8, 2002 5:49 AM

Actually, they did have to get rid of the inversions -- they were the main culprits in the "roughness" comments. Could they have taken the old ones out for new ones? Perhaps, but the lesson we took away from this ride the first time around was that those speeds and loops weren't working too well, so Kennywood decided to try something else.

Judging from the lines it draws, I think they made a good decision.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2002 9:29 PM

It is an awesome ride, and its nice to know a little about how that clever transformation came about.

I thought it was interesting that other parks were "interested" in doing the same thing to their old rides as was done on the Phantom.

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