Saturday, November 25, 2000 5:03 AM
Is there anyone out there that remembers the double dip on the Pippen (at Kennywood)? I rode that coaster a number of times but do not have a clear memory of the particulars of this ride. I was 10 years old the last time I rode it.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 5:06 AM
I am answering my own post. Thats Pippin with an i, not Pippen.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 5:37 AM
Psssst! Notice the little "edit" link. You can edit or delete your own posts.

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Jeff
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 8:43 AM
It's still there. The Pippin was rebuilt into the Thunderbolt in 1968 and the double dips were retained.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 12:47 PM
Dutchman,

I am speaking of the double dip who's second dip is now the drop after the helix on the Thunderbolt. The old Pippin was sort of like a big Jack Rabbit running clockwise. The rider came off of the lifthill, made a 180 degree turn, and then executed a double dip, similar to the Jack Rabbit although I don't recall it being as extreme. Am I the only over 40 person out there?(No doubt my age probably contributed to my missing the edit feature Jeff.)
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 3:45 PM
I know what you're talking about. Yes, it was not as extreme as it is now. That second double-dip is now coming off a hill that is at least 50% higher than when it was the Pippin. Even with the block brake the trains are hitting the dip faster than when before the first rebuild. Andy Vettel did some recontouring in the helix the winter of 68-69. There were a couple of speed bumps that proved to be a bit much for the GP that were removed. And yes I am very much over forty.
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Monday, November 27, 2000 7:01 AM
I would LOVE to have ridden the Thunderbolt before those speed bumps were removed. Sigh...


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--Greg

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Monday, November 27, 2000 3:04 PM
Yep. Up out of your seat and thrust to the left. MY MY MY what rush it was! *** This post was edited by Dutchman on 11/27/2000. ***
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