Texas Cyclone demolished this morning

Thursday, March 9, 2006 11:55 AM
Sometime between 7 and 10 am this morning, Texas Cyclone got razed by the demolition crew in Houston.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 1:06 PM
Good-bye good friend. Your memory will remain within me forever.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 1:12 PM
If this is the case, then there are lots of idiotic and lazy park owners who could have purchased a great ride.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 1:19 PM

Agent Johnson said:
If this is the case, then there are lots of idiotic and lazy park owners who could have purchased a great ride.

There would have need to have been major modifcations to the ride if it was moved. It did not meet current building requirements for clearances along the track. Being that it was built under different requirements it was allowed to operate where it was. Had it been moved it would have needed to meet the current requirements.

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 2:01 PM
That's what I heard as well. Still, I agree with Agent Johnson- plenty of great wood rides are lost on a regular basis when they could be preserved, giving new parks a winner of a ride for a small amount of coin. Texas Cyclone is clearly just one in a very long line of good lost rides.

Rest in peace, TC.

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 2:26 PM
This thread's been open for three hours, and nobody's chimed in yet with the "It's a business-- it's all about making a profit-- what's all this with the coaster preservation" mantra?

I'd say some people are slipping tsk,tsk,tsk-- and you know who you are. ;)

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 2:27 PM
I'll never forget the first time a saw it from the bridge, it looked spectacular.

It's too bad about it as it was a the best coaster of it's time. Unfortunatly, it was a shell of it's former ('78-81) self.

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 2:33 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
This thread's been open for three hours, and nobody's chimed in yet with the "It's a business-- it's all about making a profit-- what's all this with the coaster preservation" mantra?

I'd say some people are slipping tsk,tsk,tsk-- and you know who you are.


But if it weren't true, then someone would've surely picked this ride up, right? :)

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Good enough? I'm feeling too lazy to debate today.

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 3:38 PM
Sad to see it go. I only got one ride and really enjoyed it.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 4:55 PM
A pile of steel track sections is worth putting back together as a coaster somewhere else.

A pile of wood is not worth putting back together as a coaster somewhere else.

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 5:08 PM
^

::Looking forward to Rob Ascough's reply to
that::

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 5:32 PM
Such a shame, but by the time you demolished this thing carefully, shipped it, reassembled it, and took are of all the issues with clearances and such, you'd probably be better off just building from scratch. Still sucks hardcore when there's a wooden coaster I'll never ever ever get a chance to ride now.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 6:13 PM
Good bye to an awesome classic coaster. The Texas Cyclone was my first wooden coaster, and will always have a special place in my heart. Too bad I didn't ride it more when I had the chance.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 7:00 PM
My heart is broken. Like many of you I only got to ride the Texas Cyclone once. It was July of 2003. Granted it didn't knock my socks off, but I thought it was a rather decent ride. It will be greatly missed!
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 7:11 PM
What's really sad about this is that the best coaster in the park was mercilously lost. What a magnificent ride it became again during it's last few seasons. I last rode it in April of '02, and the ride completely redeemed itself for me. I practically rode it nonstop for two consecutive evenings that year as it was way too difficult to walk away from.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 9:08 PM

Fun said:

A pile of wood is not worth putting back together as a coaster somewhere else.


Wow...you must have never ridden the Phoenix!

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 10:07 PM
^That & Wild One.

On the bright side at least it wasn't the CI Cyclone that got scrapped as SF had originally intended to purchase that ride in 1975 but found it less expensive to clone it instead.

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Thursday, March 9, 2006 10:47 PM
I've ridden both Phoenix and Wild One; nonetheless I don't see the advantage to reusing old wood from a torn down coaster.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 10:53 PM
What a classic. I'm glad I got to ride closing day. Might I add TC was running incredibly well...much MUCH better than its Georgia counterpart I rode the following weekend.
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Thursday, March 9, 2006 10:55 PM
Sad, just sad.
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