I'm a writer at The Washington Post, and I'm working on a story about wooden roller coasters and the workers charged with walking them every morning.
I'm looking to talk to people who have this job; people who appreciate those who do it; people with other thoughts, context, etc., re: wooden coasters and their walkers.
Thanks so much. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org ... and I'll hope to hear something from someone -- or many someones -- soon.
What a fantastic job that would be...unless you are scared of heights.
Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
I'd love to try and walk an older wood coaster since the walkways are smaller and the hand rails are alot lower.
Haven't heard from coastercat (Jeff H.) in awhile. I believe he's "walking" the Silverwoodies these days....probably doing some carpentry and mechanic work along the way, LOL.
Of course, Blue Streak during the C-Mania trip was running better than I have EVER seen it run before...
...and The Voyage, well, it is what it is... ;)
Many thanks to ALL of those who care for our favortie (wooden) coasters...they require more effort, but they pay back that extra effort many times over... :)
Oh, and thanks to Darragh for bringing to light the critical nature of the job these people perform... ;)
coastin' since 1985
Then again, I am not a big fan of "tame" wooden coasters - unless they're designed to be kiddies/family rides... ;)
WO runs smooth as glass for it's age but Roar just runs like complete crap with the only smooth part being in the tunnel section.Stick some M-Flyers on it like HP did with Wildcat this year & it'll be good as new.
If I say a wooden coaster is "too rough for me", that typically means that even any *fun-tensity* is overwhelmed by the roughness (see, Psyclone). Roar West wasn't NEARLY as intense as Roar East, and was relatively speaking, a more boring ride. Smoothness I *might* give to the West-coast version, by a narrow margin, but that's not enough compensation...for me at least. The M-Flyers reduce wear and tear, but I'm beginning to move into the camp of the PTC/GCI fans as far as RIDE quality is concerned....won't know for myself how Ifeel until next season at the earliest...whether that's at Hershey or elswhere... ;)
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