Phantom's Revenge track pics at Kennywood Boulevard
Posted Friday, January 12, 2001 4:06 PM | Contributed by cernelli
Track for Phantom's Revenge began arriving on Tuesday in Kennywood's parking lot. There are several sections of track as well as a few supports sitting there. Pictures of the track and supports have been posted on the pictures page of Kennywood Boulevard.
I don't know about that completely. They have to make it the same gauge or else the coaster will not go together (but that is common sense). The design is a little bit different now. It is more of a wait until they actually have the track attached before we will know. It is unfair to say they fabricated it differently now or anytime until we see it against the Arrow track.
Sure the coaster colors look great and the first drop looks impressive. The real question is will this coaster live up to the old Phantom and become one of the top ten best coaster's to ride. I guess we will have to wait and see.
I'm glad to see this happening to the "old" Phantom, although I find it strange that Kennywood will be without a looping coaster for the first time since, when, the late 70's/early 80's?
I remember riding the Phantom in 1995 or 1996, and I remember it being two good drops and an assortment of rough inversions. This modification of the coaster seems like an extremely smart move on Kennywood's part, as they will be getting what is essentially a new coaster for what will probably be much less in terms of cost. The ride looks to be a bit on the short side but it could very well pack as big a punch as other Morgan hyper coasters such as Steel Force.
Nice to finally see some pics of progress being made on the coaster!
Phantom's Revenge will be the same height as Steel Phantom - 160 feet tall. The second drop, which we know is the longest, was originally supposed to be lengthened by five feet. However, judging by Kennywood's Phantom's Revenge page ( http://www.kennywood.com/new2k.htm ), it'll only be extended three feet, reaching a maximum speed of 82 miles per hour.
If I remember correctly, the exact plans were supposed to be released sometime this month. No word yet, though. (One would have to think that, since track is already being manufactured, the plans are indeed finished.)