Roller Coaster Items for the home

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:00 PM
I was wondering if anyone here had any good ideas where to buy roller coaster accessories for the home. I'm thinking of things like paperweights, coffee table books, etc. Just small things that make a roller coaster room more authentic.

Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:16 PM has a paperweight of the Coney Island Thunderbolt.

Some of the parks out there, including Six Flags, have various paperweights at different times.

Things pop up on ebay from time to time as well if you're persistent.

Amazon has a couple different "coffee table books" including "Roller Coasters" by Robert Coker and "The American Roller Coaster" by Scott Rutherford.

Hope that helps a little.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:59 PM
If you have specific rides or parks in mind, try checking their official website.
Thursday, March 30, 2006 12:24 AM
Thursday, March 30, 2006 1:05 AM
Actually, I'd be really interested in hearing from anyone who's got some coaster books they really enjoyed reading. Preferably something that's a good read, but also has some really nice pictures in it too.

Mark, or anyone else really, do you own any of the books listed in your link? There are about 4 or 5 that look great, just wondering if anyone has any reviews. Also, if you've ordered from them, what's their shipping like?

Thursday, March 30, 2006 6:36 AM
^My favorite book is "Cedar Point: The Queen of American Watering Places." The vintage photos are awesome!

As far as coaster stuff Ebay is a good place to look, or attend an enthusiast event where they have auctions.


Thursday, March 30, 2006 7:16 AM

bassman2003 said:
Actually, I'd be really interested in hearing from anyone who's got some coaster books they really enjoyed reading. Preferably something that's a good read, but also has some really nice pictures in it too.

Here's a list of some of my favorite coaster/park books:

Harry G. Traver Legends Of Terror by Richard Munch

The Increadible Scream Machine by Robert Cartmell

Roller Coasters by Scott Rutherford

The American Amusement Park by Samuelson

Mouse Tales & More Mouse Tales by David Koening

The Great American Amusement Park by Gary Kyzari

Kennywood Memories, More Kennywood memories, Idora Park & Goodbye Westview Park by Charles Jacques

Hopefully this gives you a start.

Have Fun

Paul Drabek

Thursday, March 30, 2006 7:39 AM
Also "Knoebels: An Amusement Park With A Heart" is a pretty good book to add to that list if you can get there. *** Edited 3/30/2006 12:40:09 PM UTC by P18***
Thursday, March 30, 2006 10:16 AM
And for anybody who has kids:
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

As for paperweights, there were some nice ones available from The Raven or Legend at the Coasterbuzz Fall Affair in the form of wheels.
*** Edited 3/30/2006 3:19:46 PM UTC by onceler***

Thursday, March 30, 2006 11:08 AM
Legends of Terror is good stuff! That's where I learned all about the Airplane coaster at Rye.
Yhe book includes plan views of several coasters--useful for NoLimits recreations :)
Thursday, March 30, 2006 11:26 AM
But there's that pesky little problem of the book being long out of print and used copies seem to go for amazingly high prices ($200+)
Thursday, March 30, 2006 1:56 PM
Its already been mentiond, but e-bay is a great place to get coaster related itemes for your home.
Thursday, March 30, 2006 3:52 PM
White Knuckle Rides: The Illustrated Guide to the World's Biggest and Best Roller Coaster and Thrill Rides was always one of my favorite books. A little out dated now but still has some nice facts and great pictures. It can easily be found on Amazon.
Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:53 PM
There used to be a book listed on for preorder, The Rides of Werner Stengel or something along those lines. The cover had Millennium Force on it and the synopsis made it seem like a book about the engineering behind todays rides. Anyone know if it ever was released? Looked to be a pretty wild book...
Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:55 PM
Wow, I'll sell mine for $200! :)
Thursday, March 30, 2006 6:17 PM
The Stengel book, titled "The Roller Coaster Designer Werner Stengel" actually exists--in German. It was supposed to be translated into English and released back in April of 2004. When I pull up my Amazon account, it still shows it as backordered. I have heard the project to translate the book was cancelled. Too bad, I've seen the German version and it looks like it would be very interesting--if I could read it.

*** Edited 3/30/2006 11:18:14 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***

Thursday, March 30, 2006 10:34 PM
A couple of months ago I picked up two books called "The vintage age of roller coasters (in postcards)" and "Ohio's Amusement Parks (in vintage postcards)".

The link is right here: Arcadia Publishing ...Once you click here you'll have to click on "Bookstore", then click on "Catalogue Search". Go to "Search By Author" and type in DeMali Francis. Sorry! I gave you the whole address at first, but it kept coming up as "Couldn't Find Page" when I tried the link.

This link should take you to the books I mentioned above, as well as, a book on Cedar Point, one on Chippewa Park, and one on Akron. The two books I have are not just postcard pictures, they do have captions about each photo. I was totally engrossed with the history in these two books.

The authors are a husband and wife team, David W. and Diane DeMali Francis *** Edited 3/31/2006 3:36:20 AM UTC by Floorless Fan*** *** Edited 3/31/2006 3:37:21 AM UTC by Floorless Fan*** *** Edited 3/31/2006 3:42:55 AM UTC by Floorless Fan***

Thursday, March 30, 2006 11:18 PM
I have that Stengel book back ordered on Amazon too haha. I've just about given up on ever receiving it.

The Traver book is highly recommended, but yeah hard to find and pricey. I was fortunate to get it back in the 80's. :-)

Riverview Gone But Not Forgotten is another treasure trove.

Shawn, I've only ordered from Gunther Hall once and the service was very fast. I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again.


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