What will happen to Flyer Comet

Sunday, February 24, 2002 1:03 PM
Now that Whalom Park is all but dead what do you think will happen to the Flyer Comet?  Will it be scrapped or sold and who do you think might purchase it.
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Sunday, February 24, 2002 1:07 PM
i think it will be sold to the same buyer who bought drachen fire if you catch my drift.

anyways why are you so concerned, from what i've heard ThunderBolt at SFNE is the same kind of woodie as the Flyer Comet, a figure 8 so if you have a sudden urge to ride comet, go to SFNE

The ride itself will most likly be torn down, if the park isnt purchased by the Bowens(i think).

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Out of the coasters i've ridden here is what I rank them overall:(ive been to canobie lake and SFNE)
1. S:RoS 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Riverside Cyclone 4. Canobie
Corkscrew 5. Thunderbolt 6. Galaxy 7. Mind Eraser 8. Dragon coaster 9. poison ivy's tangl

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Sunday, February 24, 2002 1:17 PM
Why am I concerned!!!!  I hate to see any coaster torn down.  For the record Thunderbolt and Comet are similar but the Comet has a better first drop, more airtime, better laterals, and a great tunnel. 
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Sunday, February 24, 2002 1:25 PM
Are you kidding, Mike?  "Why are you so concerned?"

How could you not be concerned that a great wooden coaster is being torn down?  BTW, there is no comparison between Comet and Thunderbolt.  Even identical woodies can give completely different rides.

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- Peabody

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Sunday, February 24, 2002 1:50 PM
At least one new england coaster is being saved (Lincoln Comet). Flyer will probably never run again.
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My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
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Sunday, February 24, 2002 2:20 PM
yeah, there was a little confusion as ton WHICH NE Comet was being saved by Little A-Merrick-A.  Thanks for clearing that up, bigkirby...you are definitely one of the 'buzzers whose "contributions" I appreciate.  Unfortunately, I fear you are correct about Whalom's coaster...hopefully, this will be one of those rare events where you're wrong, LOL...
Oh, and no offense Mike, but ANY coaster we lose is a sad day, and when it's a WOODEN coaster, we lose a piece of our amazing coaster heritage, and that's always a bummer;(...got to see CI T-Bolt in total disrepair, unsalvageable, and it still saddened me to hear of its passing...

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 2/24/2002. ***

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Sunday, February 24, 2002 2:28 PM
Thanks rollerG :)
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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
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Sunday, February 24, 2002 8:02 PM

MikeMir87 said:

anyways why are you so concerned, from what i've heard ThunderBolt at SFNE is the same kind of woodie as the Flyer Comet, a figure 8 so if you have a sudden urge to ride comet, go to SFNE

Thankfully the folks at Knoebels, Wild World, Lakemont, Frontier City, Belmont Park, Great Escape and Magic Springs didn't have that attitude!


Coaster preservation is an important issue to many people, and I would love to see Whalom park re-open and the Comet Flyer thrilling riders once again.  If that doesn't happen, I would be happy to see it moved somewhere, anywhere, just so another classic wooden coaster lives on.


While the Comet Flyer and Riverside Thunderbolt were both based upon a coaster for the 1939 World's Fair, they are two different rides with different features.  Similar, yes, but identical, no.  Hopefully a park out there will see the beauty of moving a wooden coaster in the event that Whalom doesn't survive...

*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough on 2/25/2002. ***

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Monday, February 25, 2002 4:11 AM
Don't give up on the Comet just yet. The Whalom Park effort is still going strong.

Iowa's Arnold's Park was all but dead too but $6-7 million was raised in just a few weeks and the park survived.

I'd like to see that kind of support for Whalom.

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everything's better with a banjo

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Monday, February 25, 2002 4:18 AM
You're absolutely right, stranger things have happened...
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Monday, February 25, 2002 5:06 PM
I live 10 min from Whalom and most of the rides out front have already been taken down and sold to area carnival companies.  The famous Whalom Park sign is also gone, it was sold for $25,000 to a local farmer who plans on turning it into a windmill.  So sad as it is to say, Whalom Park will soon be a memory.
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Monday, February 25, 2002 5:37 PM
That would be cool if Flyer Comet went to Canobie for their 100th anniversary.  What will happen to some of the flat rides?  The Hampster Wheels were my favorite.
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Close Calls 1. Grizzly (PKD), 2. Batwing, 3. Montu
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Monday, February 25, 2002 7:34 PM
The way it sounds to me is that they (The enemy) Already have controling interest in the land and once they got the green light it is instant bulldozer so they can build a bunch of half million dollar homes :(

Chuck, who dose not want any woodie destroyed. 

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167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:12 AM
Hey Steel Force, any word on their Tumble Bug?
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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 5:12 PM
The Tumble Bug is still there.  The swings and Pirate Ship are gone from out front.  I can still see the Tumble Bug from the road.  As historical as that ride is (I beleive its one of 3 in the country) I would hope it would be bought and given a new life.  I'd love to see Canobie or LC get it so it could stay close to home
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 2:29 AM
Wouldn't it be neat for a park like Indiana Beach to buy there Tumble Bug?

Bless them Bowens and there rides.

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