Ther original Magnum design?

Monday, September 9, 2002 4:58 PM

Im not sure if this is true but i heard that when the magnum was first built it caused alot of injuries. There was even a rumor about someone breaking their neck on the camel backs. To fix this the pretzel in the back needed to be re-designed. Anyone no if there is any truth to this??

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:03 PM

No huge injuries, no broken necks. Maybe one or two bloody noses but thats it.

You see the drop into the pretzel (where the trims are) used to extend all the way to the ground making it bottom out somethign fierce. The ride is a lot better now in its current form.

I think it was changed after its first season. The same time they took the upstop plates off and installed upstop wheels.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:04 PM
cool

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:07 PM
That first season was amazing! But, I only think I got 8 or so rides.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:10 PM
That third hill must have been quite something.
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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:13 PM

I really shouldn't say the ride is better. I remember it clear as day but as a 9 year old I was scared to death anyway.

That day was my epiphany as an enthusiast.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:17 PM
I have heard that the reprofile was actually done in the winter of '93-'94, but I don't know this for a fact. If this is true, then I did get plenty of rides on Maggie with the original third hill, but of course I was way too young to remember what it was like compared to now.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:20 PM

cool thanks. Also do you guys remember those really cool lights that looked like they were chasing up and down the lift hill? Those were way better then the lights on there now!

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:29 PM
Interesting information. I was not aware of this.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:36 PM
I do

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:42 PM

The trims were previously located at the top of the 3rd hill before the re-profile (some old POV footage will show this). Therefore that 3rd hill airtime bliss which is now apparent on Magnum was cut down some. They were later moved down to there current location at the entrance to the pretzel.

Jerry rode the thing 800 some times in 89 before all the modifications so he probably has the best opinion of the ride before and after this work. (if he's around here :))

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:45 PM

MooreOn said:
I have heard that the reprofile was actually done in the winter of '93-'94, but I don't know this for a fact.

I believe that was a second reprofiling? I'm sure that one was done improperly because Magnum was down for a week or so in mid-June 1994 (I was there for the end of it's downtime). They had to fix the shotty job that was done.

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*** This post was edited by Peabody on 9/9/2002. ***

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Monday, September 9, 2002 5:51 PM

Yeah, the original reprofile was done after the first season.

I dont remember teh trims being on the third hill ever. perhaps I just don't remeber.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 6:03 PM

Oh goody, I get more mileage out of this photo:

http://www.guidetothepoint.com/gallery/img.asp?img=cp00magoff20.jpg

Notice the cross beams in the the supports for the track nearest you? That's where the track used to go. It's not quite as dramatic in the photo, but when you see it live (you can see it from the beach walk if you visit), it's quite a difference and appears to have really slammed you back up when the train went into the pretzel.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 6:07 PM
Im almost positive that it was changed after the first season.

Rideman would know..... Yo, Dave!

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Monday, September 9, 2002 6:18 PM
What's with always calling Rideman when people don't know something? Just because he knows practically everything there is to know about the amusement industry...

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Monday, September 9, 2002 7:03 PM

Someone already mentioned the upstops - to go in to more detail, they weren't wheels like they are now, they were metal plates. When the train would go flying over the third hill, it would hit these upstops which effectively acted like brakes, thus causing people to lurch forward which resulted in the occasional bloody nose. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 7:06 PM

I don't know but they kicked up the sparks on the return hops.

Gemini still has upstop plates with air aplenty. Saturday morning the MCBR nor the helix trims hit. It was flying.

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Monday, September 9, 2002 7:08 PM

I never saw/heard of bloody noses in particular (They happen on any coaster whether the coaster is at fault or not.) The old upstops are bare metal, are they? Weren't they padded?

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Monday, September 9, 2002 7:14 PM

I don't know about the padding but I clearly remeber sparks on the bunnies. I am sure others can back me up on this. I would think that even with padding it would have rubbed off pretty quickly.

I think the bloody nose reulted more from the violent slamming down into the pretzel and then back up.

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