The Gulf Coaster at SFGAM

Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:09 AM
Does anyone know who built the old Gulf Coaster that was at SFGAM and why it was only at the park for a few seasons? I know hardly anyone knows about this coaster, but maybe some one knows the answer to this.

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Shock Wave
1988-2002
Good by old friend :-(

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:12 AM
The Gulf Coaster? Do you have more information on this? A description perhaps?

-Nate (never heard of it)

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:20 AM
The Gulf Coaster was a small Kiddy coaster that operated next to Orleans Orbit from 1976-1978 I belive.
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Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:53 AM
Where was the Orleans Orbit located?

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Shockwave 1988-2002
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Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:05 AM

I think Orleans orbit was located next to the old car rides that were replaced in the early 80's by roaring rapids. it was moved to HTS where it sits today as the orbit. If im right, I think that orbit was moved out of orleans place for some type of construction (Roaring rapids I think) and replaced the home town fun machine which was moved closer to whizzer. And this small kiddy coaster operated next to orbit while it was in orleans place for a few seasons.

Anyone confused yet? ;-)

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:07 AM
This is news to me. What did it look like? what was the layout?
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Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:08 AM
I remember reading that SFGAm once had a Bayon Curve (sp?) , which could be mistaken for a small coaster. Could this be what you're thinking of?

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Rest in Peace - Shockwave - 1988 - 2002
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Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:37 AM

No, the Bayern Kurve was called Yukon Yahoo and later moved and changed to Delta Flyer.

I have heard about this supposed kid coaster when the park first opened but no details. How did you find out it was called the Gulf Coaster?

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 10:39 AM

I do not remember a kiddy coaster fitting that description in any year of operation of the park (then again I was all of 8 years old in 1976 so my memory might be fuzzy on this). I asked my uncle who worked at the park from 1976-2000 and he doesnt remember anything like this either but he worked in the entertainment department and not the ride department those many years.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 12:00 PM

No its not the Bayren Curve, It was actually a small kiddy coaster. My friend told me about the coaster cause he worked there when the park first opend, then on this page http://www.greatamericanthrills.com/SpecialFeatures_Trivia_Answers.html

Theres information about the one at PGA.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 12:03 PM

Heres another site that talks about it at the top of the page

http://sfga_il.tripod.com/Whizzer.htm

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Shock Wave
1988-2002
Good by old friend :-(

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 12:07 PM

SFGAMNUT9302 said:

. If im right, I think that orbit was moved out of orleans place for some type of construction (Roaring rapids I think) and replaced the home town fun machine which was moved closer to whizzer.

The (Orlean's) Orbit was moved when Roaring Rapids construction began (then called White Water Rampage (I think thgat was the name)). The Orbit replaced Bottom's Up which was a trabant located where the Orbit is today.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 3:13 PM

I stand corected, I found a picture of Bottoms up where Orbit was moved to, I mistaked it for the Home Town Fun Machine, Here it is:

http://www.geocities.com/ezeiza/demon01.html

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 1:00 AM
The GULF COASTER at Gurnee operated for the 1976 season only. It was removed because the Southern Cross skyride station was built on its site. Southern Cross opened in 1977. The GULF COASTER / Southern Cross site is now occupied by the rapids ride.

The Santa Clara GULF COASTER operated for a longer run than its Gurnee twin. You can read an article, including photos, about the GULF COASTER in the PDF link titled "Summer 2002 (258 KB)" on this page: http://pws.prserv.net/steven/ace/ncd.html

Steven

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 12:59 PM
Thanks for the info. Steven!
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