Rides/Coasters built with "recycled" parts

Friday, November 14, 2003 9:57 AM
I had a friend who went to South Africa last year and said he visited a theme park there where a roller coaster was built using the structure from an old gold mine.

Seemed a little odd to me, but sure enough he is correct. A quick check of RCDB shows you that "Tower of Terror" at Gold Reef City was indeed built utilizing the tower from an old gold mine.

Here's a good picture of the tower:
http://rcdb.com/installationgallery1481.htm?Picture=2

Are there any other rides around that use "non" coaster structure/parts in their design?

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Friday, November 14, 2003 10:03 AM
I didn't know that the tower was a structure from an actual mine... I thought it was realistic theming!

I don't know of any coasters built from parts from other structures, but the Great Escape/Crystal Beach Comet was constructed with steel from another coaster.

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Friday, November 14, 2003 11:20 AM
"Vilda Musen" at Gröna Lund is built completely inside a Schwarzkopf coaster called "Jetline", using about 90% of its columns for itself.
check out these marvellous picture special:

http://www.coastersandmore.de/Rides/vildamusen/vildamusenmain.shtml

(You can enlarge every photo, some are pure art!)

What about "Thunder Dolphin" in Tokyo? It uses a huge building as part of its structure.

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Friday, November 14, 2003 11:31 AM
Volcano: The Blast Coaster was built in and around the mountain built in 1979 that formerly housed three rides.
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Friday, November 14, 2003 11:37 AM
Tricktrack: Does that mouse actually support itself on the Scwartzkoph? It seems like a bad idea to add load to something that was pretty precisely designed for a specific load.
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Friday, November 14, 2003 11:45 AM
Actually, V:TBC uses both stations from the Haunted River which was taken out a long time ago, and the Station for Smirf Mountain is above it; the inside cavities of the mountain were modified greatly to house the blast coaster, though. They basically gutted the entire inside, and reinforced the outside structure a second time. A pretty amazing view from the inside, if I do say so myself :).
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Friday, November 14, 2003 11:53 AM
LoCoSuMo was built in a building that previously housed a dark ride as well.
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Friday, November 14, 2003 12:09 PM
This coaster is attached to the structure of the mall that its inside of.
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Friday, November 14, 2003 12:15 PM
That doesn't look safe. Im sure it is, but it really doesn't look like it is safe having the supports be hung from the wall and side structures.
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Friday, November 14, 2003 12:15 PM
Well The Beast was built on a mountain....hahahahaha.....er ahem! Anyway, High Roller on Stratosphere comes to mind.

*** Edited 11/14/2003 5:17:07 PM UTC by Antuan***

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Friday, November 14, 2003 12:59 PM

ApolloAndy said:
Tricktrack: Does that mouse actually support itself on the Scwartzkoph? It seems like a bad idea to add load to something that was pretty precisely designed for a specific load.

The article I linked deals with all those questions, sadly its in german;)

Actually, the Schwarzkopf coaster was designed to be enclosed with a fake mountain scenery, just like its near "clone" "Bavarian Mountain Railroad" in Japan.
http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1200.htm?Picture=4

But "Jetline" was so successful without the theming, that the park decided to actually save the money for something else.
When the park decided to add a Wild Mouse, they came up with this idea because the park is so small that even a standard Wild Mouse would not have fitted in. Lots of calculations proved that the supports, which were actually designed to handle the themeing, could indeed carry another coaster.
Jetline is said to be one intense, wild coaster and the tracklayout for Vilda Musen looks great. Both coasters combined make for a sensational attraction.

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Friday, November 14, 2003 4:41 PM
Vortex at PKI uses The Bat's old station, Thunder Dolphin uses the nearby mall for some of the supports, and I'm sure there are others I'm missing.
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Friday, November 14, 2003 5:40 PM
Mr. Sky. awsome fact, I did not know that. I was going to agree with rob unless you told me otherwise.
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Friday, November 14, 2003 5:46 PM
That wild mouse looks great! I think that Mack and other mouse builders take the rigidity too far on their mice. Arrow was pretty close by making a more flowing mouse, but I think this is the best, and I'd have to say, the future of wild mouse coasters.

Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World (Australia) uses the entrance and building for what was the Gremlins ride previously. They basically gutted the entire building and stuck in a ghost train, then built a big shed connected, in which is the actual wild mouse coaster.

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Sunday, November 16, 2003 8:20 AM
The VILDA MUSEN/JETLINE article is now available in english!

http://www.coastersandmore.de

just click "english version" next to the available bi-lingual features (watch out for updates)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 4:32 PM
tricktrack, that is most definitely unique how that coaster is built inside/on that existing Schwarzkopf.

This is a pretty good example of just how close those two coasters are...a great us of an existing area, no doubt!

http://rcdb.com/installationgallery1062.htm?Picture=10

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 6:57 PM
Does V2.1 count? ;)
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 9:50 PM
One man's trash is another man's treasure. ;)
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 2:10 PM
LoCoSuMo is recycled.

Vortex at PKI uses several things from THE BAT

Chuck

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 2:57 PM
Speaking of suspended coasters: Didn´t Arrow use parts for the BIG BAD WOLF which were done by Schwarzkopf before?

At least two Intamin Gyro-towers were remodelled into drop rides:
Gröna Lund changed their tower from sightseeing into a regular freefall tower.
Heide Park did the same last year, but they decided to run a Gyro-drop on the existing tower.

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