I like the Intamin style of the bobsleds, it's a traditional bobsled compared to the train that you see on RCT. I think they could run with this idea had they made a more intense version of this ride. I think it would be awesome to go down a huge drop and ultra intense helicies. I think it's possible now-a-days to engineer this type of ride.
Love 'em to death, I think it's a really unique concept in coaster design (flying turns and all that included), and the coasters themselves are getting rarer. Of course, I'm sure having worked Disaster Transport helps fuel my enthusiasm...
DT was down the days we were there, it just wasn't open, maybe it was the lack of other people on a slow day, but I was upset. It would have been my first bobsled, instead it was Avalanche, which I absolutely loved. The "free rolling" is great, real cool ride. The guy that lined up with us said there are only two like Avalanche and one each of three different sleds, I was shocked. That would mean there's like fewer than a half dozen.
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I'd say Avalanche at PKD is a pretty good bobsled coaster.I have not ridden it in quite a while though,the last few times that I've been there it is always either broken or the lines are too long.maybe in august I'll get lucky though.
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Rolling Thunder at SFGAm was pretty cool. I remember it well because it was one of my first coasters. I am pretty sure it was taken down when Viper was built. Does anyone know if it was sold to another park?
RT lives on as Alpine Bobsled at (Six Flags) Great Escape.
Parc Asterix France has recently opened La Trace du Hourra, their new 2953ft long Mack Bobsled. Check out the TV ad on their site; www.parcasterix.com/som.htm
Are there any recreational bobsleds in the US? They consist of inground steel chutes about 2ft in radius. The bobsleds/toboggans take one or two persons & you control it's speed via a friction brake. Have a look; www.corin.com.au/ht_docs/bobsled.htm I've been on several tracks & it's great fun. Once did a run w/o using the brakes at all, hit 45mph, exceeded 90 degrees on some corners & experienced 2-3Gs. I think it needs "block brakes" as was trying to catch up with my friends & rear-ended him & "derailed." :) Otherwise I was very lucky not to get hurt badly as it could've been worse at those speeds.