Thunderbolt at CI?

Saturday, November 24, 2001 3:33 AM
Well, I never got to ride it, but it's been around a year since it stood. So, in honor of that old wooden coaster that's giving rides to angels, lets recall some memories, hey?

So if you rode this coaster, or just want to share something, post it here.

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TiM

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Saturday, November 24, 2001 3:37 AM

MFRULES said:
giving rides to angels,

Coasters in heaven? Alright! ;)
Sorry, couldn't resist!

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Saturday, November 24, 2001 10:55 AM
Nobody? Well, 20 of you guys rode it. What was it like?
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Saturday, November 24, 2001 11:40 AM
I didn't ride it but I went to Coney Island for the first time about 2 months or so before it was raised. It was kinda weird to see a coaster sitting in a field next to running rides. It was covered with ivy and had trees growing up thru the track in places. I remember the big Thunderbolt signs with peeling paint and missing bulbs wishing I could get it for my house.

Too bad it wasn't relocated or got a historic landmark status like the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel and the Parachute Tower. A fixed up Thunderbolt would have looked good in the outfield of that new baseball stadium.

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Saturday, November 24, 2001 1:05 PM
Yeah, it's a shame. I wish I could of gotten a ride. Also, I've heard, never been there, that Coney Island is really starting to die. Unsafe rides, old worn machinery, is this true? Is it true that Coney Island has seen much much better days?
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TiM
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Saturday, November 24, 2001 3:19 PM
They should probably get some good traffic from people leaving/entering the new stadium. I hear that the are is safe, but the politicians have it in for the Island.
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Saturday, November 24, 2001 5:26 PM
Never rode it, but here's a picture I found. Ivy and all... http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery423.htm?Picture=3

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Saturday, November 24, 2001 5:34 PM
Looking at a coaster like that, is very sad. :( Great try for all those people who tried to keep it standing so it could possibly reopen in the near future.

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Saturday, November 24, 2001 5:51 PM
From what I have heard, it was an inferior ride, similar to the Cyclone but not as intense. Poor mantiance was a factor. From people I've talked to who've ridden all of the Coney Coasters that surivived into the 1960's, general concenus is that the incredibly twisted Tornado was easily the best.
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Sunday, November 25, 2001 3:25 AM
That one burned in 1977 right?
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Sunday, November 25, 2001 3:47 AM
Yes.
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Sunday, November 25, 2001 4:01 AM
It's a shame.
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TiM
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Sunday, November 25, 2001 7:15 AM
Yes, here is a description of the Tornado:

Tornado / Bobs (1926 - 1977)


Type - Wooden Twister
Location - Henderson Walk & The Bowery
Builder & Designer - Thompson & Darling / Prior & Church
Height - 71 feet (55 feet on first spiral drop)
Length - 2970 feet
The coaster was built on a very difficult narrow lot that was only 70 feet at its widest and tapered to only 50 feet. Fortunately they were able to design in a five foot overhang along Henderson Walk. The ride cost $250,000 when it opened on Memorial Day 1926. Luckily it earned $300 / hour, at least until the Depression. It was a spectacular thriller with exciting drops, tight turns and crossovers that only Prior and Church's articulated cars could negotiate.

Of course, there were occasional deaths, but the one that is most remembered was in 1937 when a high school boy was pitched out of a twenty passenger car at the beginning of the season. Hundreds heard the scream and saw the boy's fall to the tracks below. He was lying only ten feet above the ground, but the following train ran him over before he could be rescued. The district attorney decided to investigate coaster safety, but soon the furor died down and operations at Coney resumed as normal.

 

Now that seems like a very small coaster that packed one heluva punch. Maybe a smaller park could recreate it.

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My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
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