Sunday, February 2, 2003 1:52 PM
I've been reading some things about Six Flags Astroworld's old mine train coaster, Excalibur, and was wondering a few things about it. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like one of the taller and longer mine trains out there. So, does anyone know...
Why did SFAW remove it and what replaced it (if anything)?
Why hasn't Six Flags relocated it to another park?
What did you think of the ride and any other information you can tell me?
Thanks for your help!
Sunday, February 2, 2003 2:02 PM
Serial Thriller took it's place. Excaliber is sitting at Frontier City currently, as Im sure you know, but I have no idea why they haven't installed it FC. The rumor was, was that it was damaged when they removed it, but I don't know if I buy that.
Sunday, February 2, 2003 2:11 PM
Yes, I knew it was taken to Frontier City (a park I'm full of questions about as well), but I'm not surprised that Serial Thriller took its place. The SLCs are usually pretty easy to market for parks being inverted and inverting 5 times. Is there not a lot of land for the park to use?
Sunday, February 2, 2003 4:34 PM
SFAW is a very small park. There you go.
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Sunday, February 2, 2003 5:11 PM
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Sunday, February 2, 2003 5:14 PM
What are the stats on Excalibur from SFAW? if it's 80ft tall & 1300 ft long then that is what will become the runaway car ride at SFA in the future.
Originally I assumed it was gonna be RNRC but that is going to GE for 03,so it's gotta be Excalibur that's going to SFA.
Back on topic now,if Excalibur got damaged during the removal or shipping then I'm surprised to hear that it's still sitting at Frontier City & hasn't been scrapped at all yet.
Monday, February 3, 2003 10:09 AM
That would be really nice if the coaster went to SFA since a mine train would be perfect in their line-up and I would like to see them get some more "unique" designs. SFDL would be my first choice to send it to though, but they're probably wanting something bigger than that.
Thanks for the e-mail Smurfslayer. That park has always been like an amusement park oddity to me even though I've never been.
Monday, February 3, 2003 11:07 AM
In 1972 when Excalibur was erected, the pieces were actually welded together. When it was removed, it was removed not at the weld points, but rather measured at the length of a flatbed 18 wheeler, and cut. This processes rendered the ride pretty much useless to reinstall (and AstroWorld was horrorfied when they learned that the company contracted to remove it was doing that) I am told because of strucual weaknesses caused by this removal method.
The ride was removed because a maintenance worker was struck by a train and killed in an accident in 1997 (no, I'd rather not go into the details of the story), and after that, no one wanted to work on it or touch the ride anymore. When corporate decided that AstroWorld was getting an SLC, they decided to remove Excalibur based on that reason.
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