Six Flags Great America announces removal of Iron Wolf

Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2011 12:05 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From Six Flags Great America's Facebook page:

"After a long 21 year history at the park, we will be removing Iron Wolf. Make sure to get your last rides in – Iron Wolf’s Last Stand is September 5."

Read the announcement on Six Flags Great America's Facebook page, and more from The News-Sun.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 12:14 AM
ChicagoCoasterCub's avatar

That is one coaster I will -NOT- miss. Just like being inside a metal can and being thrown on the floor. UGH

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 9:55 AM
Jerry's avatar

Lot of scrap steel there - Hope it's not taken a dive price wise in the market with all of my stuff.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 1:08 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

Wish they would just fix it up so it could run like it was new. It's the best compact stand-up design B&M ever did. Those first few years were awesome and even now I still rather enjoy the thing, despite some undeniably jarring moments.


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 2:16 PM

So its *not* moving to SFA? Jiminy Crickets!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 2:35 PM
Rick_UK's avatar

SFA have applied for permits to build a stand up coaster, no?


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 10:48 PM

It's hard to say, but I wonder if this will be a pattern for the stand up coasters. Think of the Arrow loopers that have disappeared recently.... Drachen Fire, Steel Phantom, Python, Great American Scream Machine, Orient Express, etc. Given that a new stand up B&M hasn't been installed since Georgia Scorcher in 1999, it means that the newest standup is 12 years old.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 7:24 AM
kpjb's avatar

Drachen Fire and Steel Phantom were recent?


Hi

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:18 AM
Vater's avatar

Walt S said:
Given that a new stand up B&M hasn't been installed since Georgia Scorcher in 1999, it means that the newest standup is 12 years old.

I've predicted for years that Scorcher was the last stand-up we'd see for a long time. (Double link-back, all the way (what does it mean?))...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:43 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Oooh! Me too. Me too.

Same thread as you, Vater.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:43 AM
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:28 PM
Tekwardo's avatar

Eh. Get over yourselves.

:-P


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Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:52 PM

Vater said:
I've predicted for years that Scorcher was the last stand-up we'd see for a long time. (Double link-back, all the way (what does it mean?))...

Coasterbuzz is not somewhere I expect to have my hipster-dar triggered, and yet...

;)

Unrelated: where does it say that it's not going to SFA? I see no reference to it scrapped. "Permanent removal" from SFGAm doesn't imply anything to me about its ultimate fate...

Last edited by BBSpeed26, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:20 PM

Bill
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:28 PM

BBSpeed26 said:
Unrelated: where does it say that it's not going to SFA? I see no reference to it scrapped. "Permanent removal" from SFGAm doesn't imply anything to me about its ultimate fate...

True, but with Change currently sitting in pieces and not installed, and the fact that this ride is so old, would re-installation make sense? I've got to wonder if there is maybe something technical about this ride / this type of ride that makes it ripe for removal versus others (maintenance or otherwise)? Or does it maybe have to do with low ridership versus other coasters.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:42 AM
Tekwardo's avatar

Chang is currently up and running at SFGadv...


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Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:53 AM
Vater's avatar

Yeah, the only B&M not under construction that is not currently operating is Time Machine, for obvious reasons. We have yet to see a B&M scrapped, so the likelihood of this happening to Iron Wolf can't be based on the company's history.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:48 PM

Well, I got my last ride(s) on Wolfie on Tuesday and , ironically, it was the smoothest I can remember it being for many years...


--George H

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:18 PM
rollergator's avatar

George, you're not going to make it out for my visit on 08/25-26? Not saying that I want to ride the Wolf, mind you.... ;)

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Friday, August 12, 2011 9:19 AM

I wish I could, buddy - but other than Thanksgiving week, I am down to only two vacation days for the rest of the year and at least one of them will be used to help move my father-in-law to a new house when he finally chooses one (his current place is under contract).


--George H

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Friday, August 12, 2011 10:09 AM
kpjb's avatar

I always mean to make it out to this park, but never do. Just checked Southwest and it's $109 each way. I've flown there for $39 before... maybe next summer.


Hi

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Friday, August 12, 2011 8:24 PM
Timber-Rider's avatar

I would bet that Iron Wolf will end up at another six flags park, or they will put it up for sale, and sell it to the highest bidder, as they did with De Ja Vu from Great America. It would be cool if Cedar Fair purchased it, and moved it to Michigan's Adventure which is just across the lake. maybe turn it into a sit down ride like Kumba at Bush Gardens.

Stand-up coasters have been surpassed by all the newer coasters that have come out, and, with all the larger stand up coasters out there, it's kind of past it's prime, not to mention being a bit rough. It's been years since I went on Iron Wolf, but, I always know that the jolt into the brakes always hurts...more than any other coaster I have been on.

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