Pinfari & Galaxy, which is which?

Saturday, April 7, 2001 6:28 PM
For the Ghost Who Walks, sorry, Those Who Know...

They both seem to have the same basic portable coaster with the same track. There is a distinct difference in the layouts though. Would Pinfari be the Italian Division and Galaxy the US Division?

Anyone know if this is correct?
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Saturday, April 7, 2001 6:42 PM
Correct me if i am wrong ( which i may be) But I think pinfari specializes in flat rides and used rides. They do have rollercoasters but they are often the ones you would see at a carnival or in a kiddies section of the park or something. I have no clue about galaxy though but i am pretty for sure pinfarie specializes in flat rides casiono games, arcade games and kiddie coasters. They also do estimates or management of parks.
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Saturday, April 7, 2001 7:07 PM
Actually Pinfari builds what is probably the most recognisable portable coaster used in the USA today, the Zyclon.It is available in both the standard layout or with a loop. They also list Giant wheels of various sizes.
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Saturday, April 7, 2001 8:09 PM
Dutchman, not unexpectedly, got that one! Pinfari builds the Zyklon coaster in a variety of sizes; they also have a couple of other portable coaster designs including the ZL-42 "Looping Star."

The Galaxie is another Italian coaster, similar to one of the Zyklon designs, but built by (now defunct) SDC srl. SDC also builds...er built...the Windstorm coaster. But the catch is that the Windstorm was licensed to Premier Rides, then Zamperla bought SDC.

Anyway, if you're looking at a coaster and you can't tell whether it's a Zyklon or a Galaxi, take a look at the lift chain. If it looks like a standard lift chain, it's probably a Zyklon. If the chain has a couple of pins sticking out from the sides of the chain links, you're probably looking at a Galaxie.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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