Son Of Beast: Still closed at Kings Island

Posted Monday, April 25, 2011 1:38 PM | Contributed by CoasterDaddy

This summer, as other nearby rides are filled with screaming patrons, Son of Beast will again be silent. When Kings Island opens Saturday, wooden coaster lovers will have one less choice - for the second season in a row. The troubled coaster, once a signature feature at the park and the only looping wooden coaster anywhere, will not be operating.

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Friday, April 29, 2011 3:46 PM
Jeff's avatar

Assuming you're using stock trains (i.e., the PTC's running everywhere), sure. But in this case, virtually everything was clean sheet. That's what I was really after about the "design by committee" comment. So many different components were the responsibility of so many different organizations, and I think that's where failure started to creep in.

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Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:25 PM
CoasterDemon's avatar

^You bet! There were way too many cooks in the kitchen on SOB. They could have used single bench trains if they wanted; the idea of having a 6 car train/36 riders to 'match' the Daddy Beast is kind of obnoxious. Who other than enthusiasts would notice?

Same deal when Texas Cyclone was being built - Astroworld wanted 4 bench trains in order to match the Coney Cyclone (which Astroworld initially wanted to buy and move - thank god that didn't happen!) The 4 bench trains on TCyclone didn't work out well; were sluggish and stopped in the curves.

Sometimes I wonder how could all these great engineers/companies (including Werner Stengel - the guy who drew the lines for Mind Bender in GA - a masterpiece) could do such plainly dumb things. That thought was reinforced in my mind last week when I rode I-305.


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