Who made the trains for...

Saturday, August 16, 2003 12:09 PM
I was just wondering if anyone out there know who made the trains for Thunderhawk, Rolling Thunder, and Comet at Hershey. Thanks
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Saturday, August 16, 2003 12:25 PM
The Comet was PTC. You can always check RCDB.
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Saturday, August 16, 2003 12:26 PM
PTC- Philadelphia Toboggan Company

Edit: Well nasai beat me.

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*** This post was edited by GoliathKills 8/16/2003 4:27:46 PM ***

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Saturday, August 16, 2003 12:28 PM
PTC - Philadelphia Taboggan Company - Some of the best coaster trains ever.

Josh

edit: GAH - you both got there before me, but when I started there was no one.

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*** This post was edited by Raven-Phile 8/16/2003 4:29:37 PM ***

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Sunday, August 17, 2003 7:21 PM
Not to be a prude here, but I just felt that it was necessary to mention that the acronym PTC now stands for Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters. It's been that way for several years now. Just wanted to clarify that for the true die-hards out there like me!!

Wood-anything else is an imitation

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Monday, August 18, 2003 9:33 AM
Does anyone happen to know who built the trains for the Jackrabbit at Kennywood?? I asked the ride ops but they didn't know. The trains are obriously very old b/c they don't even have movable lapbars but I was just wondering if anybody knew.

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Monday, August 18, 2003 9:37 AM
I think the JR's trains were built in-house when Vettle worked for the park. I am pretty sure that they date back to the 1940s.

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Monday, August 18, 2003 11:25 AM
and they are remarkably similar to the trains on Conneaut's Blue Streak - a Vettle coaster.

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Monday, August 18, 2003 11:49 AM
How can JR's trains have been built in the 40's when the coasterr was built in the 20's?also the trains on CLP's Blue streak are the same as those on T-bolt @KW,the headlight on the front car is a dead giveaway.

Blue streak's trains,along with T-bolt's were designed & built by NAD sometime between the 40's & 60's if I'm not mistaken.

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Monday, August 18, 2003 12:02 PM
No, CLP has been running the old Vettel Trains again on Blue Streak, which look very similar to Kennywood's Jack Rabbit.

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Monday, August 18, 2003 12:48 PM
Just because a coaster was built in the 1920s, doesn't mean it can't have 1940's rolling stock.

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-Rob
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Monday, August 18, 2003 12:54 PM
Who made the CI Cyclone trains?

^Just curious...

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Monday, August 18, 2003 12:58 PM
I believe they are original... maybe Harry Baker, as he constructed Keenan's design.

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Monday, August 18, 2003 2:41 PM
Wow I love those Vettel trains. Thanks Chris for that link. I can't wait to try them out next Monday on my first trip to Cedar Point! Woohoo!

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Monday, August 18, 2003 3:30 PM
I'm not completely sure, but I've heard that the trains running on the Jack Rabbit are PTC's. You have to remember that John Miller worked at PTC during the era when the ride was originally built. They do resemble the Vettle trains of the late 1930's though so I'm not convinced entirely. Fxnib and I had this discussion a few weeks ago. I stated that the Vettle track style was unique and that it was possible that his trains were actually manufactured by PTC with the different wheel configuration to fit Vettles' track style so they became known as his trains.

At this point even NAD could have manufactured those trains though because Miller started National Amusement Device during the 1930's. I find it interesting that the Vettle trains are interchangable with the NAD Century Flyers that ran on Conneauts Blue Streak. It sure is a grey area for me as I've been a fan of Miller coasters all my life. The man was multi-talented and an excellent engineer. We all owe him our gratitude for his achievements in rollercoaster design and safety.

Wood - anything else is an imitation
*** This post was edited by Thrillerman 8/18/2003 7:34:34 PM ***
*** This post was edited by Thrillerman 8/18/2003 7:37:58 PM ***

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Monday, August 18, 2003 3:40 PM

thrillerman1 said:
Wow I love those Vettel trains. Thanks Chris for that link. I can't wait to try them out next Monday on my first trip to Cedar Point! Woohoo!

They ride as good as they look, make sure to try that back seat at night.

I had thought that the Vettle trains were designed by Vettle, but built by PTC.

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Monday, August 18, 2003 3:44 PM
thrillerman1- those trains are on Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake, not CP.
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Monday, August 18, 2003 8:17 PM
You're right. That gets me almost every time. Theres a Blue Streak at Cedar Point (CP) and a Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park (CLP). Very confusing.

Edit: Spelling Error

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*** This post was edited by MarimbaGuy87 8/19/2003 12:18:18 AM ***

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Monday, August 18, 2003 8:22 PM
Thanks for the info, it was really starting to bug me. Another thing I was wondering about is why did they change from the old PTC trains to the new G-trains for Raging Wolf Bobs at SFWoA?

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Monday, August 18, 2003 8:25 PM
Because the old PTC's were of a failed trailered design that shuffled horribly and tore up the track. Wolf Bobs is the second to last coaster with this type of trains to get rid of them.

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