Please remember that most old woodies have probably been rebuilt almost totally from the ground up twice in thier lifetime with several track replacements.
Chuck, who still says thats cheaper over 80 years than one 25 million dollar steelie that dosn't work reliably :) *** Edited 5/13/2004 9:49:16 PM UTC by Charles Nungester***
As long as they aren't removed for expansion reasons, I think you'll see quite a few modern steel rides around for a long time. Also, the replacement idea isn't making sense to me...while you can easily replace wood parts, how often do you hear about a steel ride needing a new support or piece of track because an old one has worn out?
1EyedJack said: Any good carpenter can trim wood to replace boards supporting a coaster.
I wouldn't say any good carpenter. You actually need to know what your doing when you retrack a wood coaster. If you don't do it just right you will get a horrible ride and will need to replace that section again sooner than if done corectly.
As for the structure thats easier to rebuild then retracking a ride.
As for wood and steel lifetimes the oldest wooden coaster is over 100 now but it did ave an entire overhaul back in 99. There are some steel coasters left from the 50's like the High Speed Thrill Coaster, and Matternhorn.
I guess it all depends on how much money a park wants to sink into keeping an ageing ride up and running. Look at the HSTC at Knoebels. There are a few spots where pieces of plates were added to the track to fix bad parts.
*** Edited 5/13/2004 10:26:05 PM UTC by coasterpunk***
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