Monday, February 23, 2004 12:38 AM
I found this pick on rcdb.
It shows a portable inverted coaster somewere in scottland. Does anyone have a pick of this ride all set up and running?
Also, does anyone know if this is the only portable invert? If not, are there any here in the states?
Monday, February 23, 2004 12:46 AM
Eurostar is also a portable invert, which I've heard is quite good.
Monday, February 23, 2004 3:57 AM
This park is only a few miles away from me so hopefully I'll get the chance to check it out in the next couple of weeks.
As far as I know the new inverter has been touring a few fairs in mainland Europe before opening here for the 2004 season.
It'll be interesting to see how they hype this coaster - they used the stats and doctored photos of Dragon Khan to hype up the Pinfari triple looper they installed several years ago;)
I'll keep an eye on the progress...
Monday, February 23, 2004 4:04 AM
Wow... seems to be a new travelling inverted coaster - and the rails look like Intamin.
So far, I've only hear about two travelling inverts:
Eurostar, which tours German (or European?) fairs - it's layout is like a mixture between a shortened Batman and the Double Corkscrew of Vekoma SLC - the rails look like B&M but they obviously had nothing to do with it.
It could be a great ride since the design of the dynamics seems to be fantastic - when I rode it 1.25 years ago in Cologne however it felt like a car crash more than anything else - due to the extensive de- and con-struction of the ride, there were offsets between the massive rails that caused serious bumps.
It's in rehab right now - at least it was in December - b.t.w. at Schwarzkopf's former production plant in Münsterhausen, which is now owned by Gerstlauer.
I can't wait to see if they manage to get it into a rideable shape again.
There is also another travelling inverted in Europe: The Eurocoaster - like and inverted Mouse-type coaster:
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Monday, February 23, 2004 5:30 AM
The coaster in quetsion is probably a Pinfari inverter. Its available as a mobile and as a park version.
See pictures of Niglalands "Batcoaster" here:
There is at least one travelling in the UK.
There used to be an onride video available, but I don´t know if I will find it again.
From what I have heard the seats are the most comfy inverter seats of all and provide a smooth ride!
Monday, February 23, 2004 6:00 AM
I think I found the video:
(link at the bottom)
Indeed looks like a short but smooth ride.
Strange how I had never heard of it before.
Monday, February 23, 2004 6:58 AM
I went on it when it was at the Millenium Dome over the xmas period. The first drop and inversion is fun but after that it seems to loose all its power and it crawls into the final brakrun. Its also very short!
Monday, February 23, 2004 7:39 AM
Yeah - it looks like it could use another more intense element after the "relaxation" of the upward helix - something like a third inversion.
Something that keeps the arenaline up before the final breaks are hit - also strange how it seems to give away momentum by having a declining break-run.
Still looks like a fun "little" (?) coaster.
Monday, February 23, 2004 2:23 PM
couple of pics I took of it at http://22.214.171.124/~co1inm/content/fairs.htm
, it was at Hull fair in England October '03. I was talking to Doug Taylor (M&D Taylor) who owns it (was offered a job on it to!LOL) anyway, its been in Spain & France prior to Hull, and then went to the Millenium Dome, it was supposed to be going to Ireland at some point before going to M&D's park
in Scotland... Agree with aflack above, but was impressed, its dead
smooth...not your average Pinfari by a long way.
Monday, February 23, 2004 5:56 PM
Cheers for the info Colin - sounds like a fun little coaster! My parents are literally a few miles from M&D's so I really have no excuse to not get out there and give it a go :)
Monday, February 23, 2004 6:33 PM
When was it supposed to be going to Ireland?
Monday, February 23, 2004 7:04 PM
Couldn't say when Richard,... I think I seen pics showing that its already arrived at the park ready for build-up. 'Doug' (!) was telling me this as we discussed me coming working for him, and where I'd be heading if I was to go with them. I got talking to him after asking the guy in the booth about the staff wanted ad in the paybox!
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 11:41 PM
Even though the ride is quite short, it must take days/ week to set this ride up.
I would like to ride this coaster, it looks like fun......although short.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 12:45 PM
Every year I hope that RCS buys (or brings) one of these cool looking coasters to the Orange County (Ca) Fair. For the last 3 years they have had the same Wilde Maus and Hi Miler.
Anyone know if RCS even owns one of those Pinfari's?
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 1:39 PM
I want the backyard model in ORange and blue! :>)
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 2:29 PM
No, RCS does not own a Pinfari inverted coaster: http://www.raycammackshows.com/html/RidePhotos5x5/16Wheeler.html