We have lost a lot of coasters recently

Monday, March 11, 2002 7:25 AM
King Cobra, Windjammer, Viper, Drachan Fire, Thunderbolt, Wild Cat and Jackrabbit.

Some gone for the better, some dead for years, some awaiting a new life.

I was compiling a list of coasters that have been recently uprooted or razed and was amazed of how high the number was this year.

I am not utterly complaining mind you, but there are a few in this catagory I was hurt to see go, thus never having the opprotunity to ride and enjoy. Others whom I stood in front of in their decaying states and could only imagine what they could have been like.
Others which I am glad I could enjoy when I could.

Remember friends....Always treasure your moments...because you never know when they will be gone.

Monday, March 11, 2002 8:17 AM
How very true... appreciate what you have, because it could be gone tomorrow.
Monday, March 11, 2002 8:20 AM
Amen, Mr. Peck. All the more reason I especially treasure the classics and support the parks they're in.
Monday, March 11, 2002 1:54 PM
God this is depressing! *sniff*....but it really hits home when it's a ride you grew up on, or get to help with. Conneaut's Blue Streak paint-till-you-drop is much more than a way to spend a weekend at a park....it is a chance to help preserve part of a dying breed. I hope everyone near Conneaut takes a weekend out of their April schedule to help.

We cannot change what has been done, but we can do our part to keep what we have. Soon the scale models will outnumber the prototypes....
Don't.....look.....back! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002!
Model coasters and rides

Monday, March 11, 2002 1:57 PM
Not coasters, but two of the three existing S&S 'Absolutely Insane' pneumatic sling-shot towers are now bye-bye as well, after not even a FULL year of operation. I'm glad Magic Mountain is planning to keep theirs in operation, with modifications to the structure of course...
Monday, March 11, 2002 5:08 PM
And to think, I passed up a Vertigo ride this year.... :(

I seriously believe we will see more of those though. The ride design is good, but the structure needs some re-designing.

Monday, March 11, 2002 6:15 PM
I wouldn't dwell on it too much. Nothing is forever, enjoy it while you can, but don't live in the past.
Monday, March 11, 2002 8:06 PM

john peck said:
And to think, I passed up a Vertigo ride this year....

I seriously believe we will see more of those though. The ride design is good, but the structure needs some re-designing.

Even if they do make another or fix the ride if its not a totally different design I don't think I will be riding Vertigo after what happened. Im glad CP took it out instead of chance it.

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*** This post was edited by CoasterDude316 on 3/12/2002. ***

Tuesday, March 12, 2002 7:59 AM
I'll always regret the rides that I never got, but to quote one of my favorite bands....

"Let me tell you about living in the past,
if it was so good, then how come it didn't last?
If it helps you, I'll put it in a phrase,
Those were the times but these are the days"

The Human League, "These Are The Days"

"Just remember, wherever you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai

Tuesday, March 12, 2002 9:05 AM
Oh yes. So very sad that Windjammer was removed.

-Chris aka "Metrock"

*** This post was edited by sfmmman2001 on 3/12/2002. ***

Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:48 PM

Anyone quoting the Human League (who had a new album out last year that is actually quite good) is okay in my book!

Out of all the coasters mentioned above (and Vertigo, too) the only one I rode was Drachen Fire.

I hate losing old rides, especially unique ones, but as long as the new construction outpaces demolition, I guess we're alright.

That being said, you can remove Raging Wolf Bobs and replace it with a taco stand for all I care.

"When I was growing up, we were taught something called manners. You'd understand that if you weren't such an idiot." - Jack Handey

Tuesday, March 12, 2002 1:46 PM

kpjb...ouch! I have been pretty outspoken in my dislike for RWB, but a taco stand? RWB is one of three woodies that rated a "check" in the coaster count...RARE event in my book. note: yankees don't make good Mexican food, maybe replace it with something more "local"....lol.

I've seen a lot of rides come and go, and it never fails to disappoint me,,,even when they're being replaced by a "better" attraction, the nostalgia factor goes a long way with me...

Thursday, July 25, 2002 8:21 AM
No we can add the Whizzer to that list for the 2002-2003 off season... :(
Thursday, July 25, 2002 8:38 AM
...dont forget about X
Thursday, July 25, 2002 8:44 AM
This isn't the Kennywood Jackrabbit we're talking about is it?
Thursday, July 25, 2002 8:45 AM

Viper is still there and it has been operating all year.


Thursday, July 25, 2002 8:49 AM

He was referring to Viper at SFOG.

Take a Virtual Ride:
Mike "Viper" Semtak

Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:10 AM

My thoughts on Wild Cat and Jack Rabbit (Idora) and Thunderbolt (Coney Island) is that we lost these rides years ago.

Wild Cat, being partially destroyed in a fire back in the 1980's never ran after that, and since the closing of the park in the 1980's, both of these coasters were left to rot... which is basically what they did from all accounts. After a certain point, nothing was going to save them.

Accounts of Coney Island's Thunderbolt were the same. Idle since the 1980's and left to the elements, when it finally was torn down there was not much really worth saving.

So, while they were torn down recently... they were actually lost years ago... in my opinion.

Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:15 AM
when was the coney island thunderbolt torn down?
Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:16 AM
In the year 2000.

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