Saginaw FEC operator delays coaster debut to ensure safety

Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 2:44 PM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Plans for the Tri-Cities' stationary rollercoaster in Kochville Township are derailed. Kokomo's Family Fun Center owner Hal Shilling hoped to have "The Serpent" up and running by June, but next summer seems more likely. While erecting the ride was "easy," the mechanical and electrical systems have been a challenge.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008 3:52 PM

Is it really that hard to get a Galaxi running?

Granted, it sat rusting at LeSourdsville for 5 years, but still...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 4:15 PM

I think that's the point though, that the entire ride system had to be replaced from scratch.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5:38 PM

Gee...I'm surprised Hal didn't hire one of the many experts here on CBuzz. :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008 5:36 PM

I'm a bit disappointed that it hasn't opened this year. However, I realize that safety has to be the top priority.

Thursday, September 4, 2008 9:39 PM

It's good to see these small places investing in something like a roller coaster. I always wondered why CJ Barrymore's in Clinton Township (just north of Detroit) didn't invest in something like a SkyCoaster or a small roller coaster. As a side note...CJ Barrymore's has to be the best landscaped "Fun Park" I've ever been too.

Thursday, September 4, 2008 11:03 PM

Believe it or not, I have a lot of fond memories of that coaster as a child, and it may have sat unused for the past five years, but that thing was NOT kept up for many years before that though. Serpent just sat there in the park looking more and more rundown each season until the park closed, before the reopening as Lesourdsville Lake. The new owner is lucky it's able to be run period, IMO.

I remember riding it last in '02, (during the one season the park reopened), and the way the cars grinded along the totally rusted track sections was terrible. I do hope the new owner is able to get the coaster up and running without it becoming a money pit for him.

Thursday, September 4, 2008 11:40 PM

Looking at the photos of it on RCDB, they seem to have done a pretty thorough job of refurbishing and repainting the steel.


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