Monday, August 22, 2005 7:15 AM
Just visited the eastern Great America for the first time and was blown away by what a nice park it was. Really feels like they took the best of Marriot and just added more to the mix, while still keeping the themes going. It was so much better than PGA in every way, even the Columbia was in better condition. I have one, probably quick, question about the Demon's trains.
The trains that are on the Demon now are obviously not the original trains, like still run on PGA's or just about every 70s Arrow looper still. They are pretty much the bigger Arrow megalooper trains, that I have only seen on Viper at SFMM (although I assume they were on Shockwave and continue to run on GASM.) Did they just take the trains from Shockwave? Are the old trains still around somewhere?
Just wondering because although I like the extra room in these trains, they vibrate through the corkscreams and don't seem to hold speed as well as the originals.
Monday, August 22, 2005 12:12 PM
Those trains ran on Demon even while Shockwave was in the park. However, I do not know whene they were replaced.
Are the bottoms still silver?
Monday, August 22, 2005 12:17 PM
The Shockwave trains are currently at SFMM. Last seen they were just to the left of Scream's station. I am assuming they were brought there as spare parts for Viper.
Not sure about Demon's trains.
Monday, August 22, 2005 3:09 PM
If I remember correctly the trains were changed about a year or two after Shockwave opened, so around 1989, 1990.
*** Edited 8/22/2005 7:10:03 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***
Monday, August 22, 2005 9:50 PM
Thanks for the replies, that's around the time I expected they were replaced. I take it no one on here knows why they would have replaced the trains?
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 1:38 AM
At least one of Shockwave's trains also went to GAdv. You can actually still see the nose of a train labelled "Shockwave" in the place where the season pass parking lot used to be.
Thursday, August 25, 2005 9:13 PM
The change out happened because the theming of the ride was considered offensive and was a common complaint to guest relations. Nearly all the demonic imagery, including the logo was removed and replaced by PC versions or not at all.
Friday, August 26, 2005 12:46 AM
PGA changed the front of their trains, but they didn't have to replace the whole train. Just a couple of years ago they started making the water red again and returned the original fronts to the trains.
I'm guessing SFGAm just wanted to have the same types of trains on both of their Arrows.
*** Edited 8/26/2005 4:46:36 AM UTC by GoliathKills***