Wood Coaster on Water

Friday, July 22, 2005 6:06 PM
It always amazes me the stuff you can find on RCDB. Check this wooden coaster built completely over water. Anyone given this thing a ride? The construction and engineering that went into it must have been ridiculous. http://rcdb.com/ig1243.htm?picture=1 *** Edited 7/22/2005 10:07:04 PM UTC by DorneyDante***
Friday, July 22, 2005 6:15 PM
Isn't that awesome. It's a great coaster by all accounts. Intamin has built some sweet wood (non-prefab) coasters, and most seem to be in Japan.
Friday, July 22, 2005 6:16 PM
Perhaps Peabody, Nasai, or someone else who's been there can comment but I think only a portion, albeit quite large, is built over water.

But building over water is nothing new. Hoosier Hurricane's out portion is built over water and it open six years earlier. I know there were wooden coasters built in the 20s and 30s that were partially over water.

Edit - looks like Peabody beat me to the punch. So P...is it completely over water?

*** Edited 7/22/2005 10:16:38 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

Friday, July 22, 2005 6:20 PM
Thunder Run, Which was originally designed to go at Lesourdsville Lake was going to be mostly over water.


Friday, July 22, 2005 6:50 PM
Buckeye Lake Dips was a 1920's out-n-back coaster built almost entirely over water too. But wooden coasters sure do look beautiful when positioned when they are built over bodies of water like Regina. Omne reason why I like the Great American Scream Machine so much. Even The Beast was better looking when it had the lagoons under it. I hate the way it looks now because it appears bland, with no character or charm like it used to display.
Friday, July 22, 2005 9:34 PM
looks cool in the environment / water setting, but the ride itself looks quite boring (from that one pic)

-- alan j

Friday, July 22, 2005 10:50 PM
I like the cantilevered platforms the structure is resting on.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 1:14 AM
SFDL Dude, didn't you look at the other 7 pics?

Except for the water, that thing looks very "Mean Streakish" to me, which is a compliment.

I love the sign with the girl's body resembling the coaster. It says to me that the coaster is "sexy.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 5:09 AM
Small but entirely built over water (except the station) and another Intamin:


Even Vekoma does it:


That Regina Billboard is the best coaster-ad ever!

Saturday, July 23, 2005 11:22 AM
I agree that the Regina billboard is great. It definately makes me want to ride.

Here's another Vekoma that has a decent sized portion over the water:


Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:46 PM
Wow. That picture is pretty cool.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:57 PM
Never been on it, but will next year, finally! :)

I would imagine that in some situations, water would be very bad for a ride, but with love, and care, it seems to work out, eh?

Saturday, July 23, 2005 5:06 PM
yeah that was my first thought nasai. With THAT much water surrounding the coaster I wonder if it requires extra maintenance. I just hope that area isn't flood prone ;)
Saturday, July 23, 2005 5:15 PM
Here's Hoosier Hurricane at Indiana Beach. http://www.rcdb.com/ig270.htm?picture=4

And also one turn on Raven at Holiday World. http://www.rcdb.com/ig136.htm?picture=1

And finally, the late, but not very lamented Hercules at Dorney. http://www.rcdb.com/ig241.htm?picture=4

All are/were woodies with portions over water.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 11:57 PM
Unfortunately, I doubt you'll ever see a coaster built over water in PA again. The permit process (to "encroach upon waters of the Commonwealth") would probably take years, and the precautions the state would make you take (to ensure you don't muck up the water at all and cause pollution 100 miles downstream) would increase the cost horrendously. Maybe some creative patient soul would figure the time and money was worth it.

RGB, who just went through a four-month process to convince the DEP that an existing man-made ditch was not a waterway and did not contain any endangered or threatened species of plant or animal.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 8:39 AM
Isn't that precisely why Great Bear has those crazy zig-zag supports? Because it was cheaper and easier to pay B&M to avoid the water rather than use it?
Sunday, July 24, 2005 11:48 PM
That's what I had heard Peabody. That originally the design called for piers to be drilled in the stream channel, but was changed when they found out how much of a rigamorole the permit process was going to be. IMO, would have easily added 18-24 months to the process, translating to how much extra cost for construction. Plus what park wants to announce a ride and not have it show up for two or three seasons? How much lost revenue would that be?

But good old PA maintains that economic factors are NOT feasible grounds for expediting or waiving any part of the permitting process.

Monday, July 25, 2005 2:02 PM
At the same park there is a coaster that doesn't seem to have the continuous walkway around the course that I thought was required on all coasters in Japan. Perhaps the rule only applies to rides of a certain height.


*** Edited 7/25/2005 6:02:18 PM UTC by janfrederick***

Monday, July 25, 2005 4:11 PM
RCDB says Great Bear has those weird supports because of environmental concerns, so, take that for what its worth.

I think Regina looks fun. I've heard very good things about it. The reason the ad has a woman going into a wooden coaster is because 'Regina' means 'Queen' in Italian.

Monday, July 25, 2005 4:36 PM
^^Eric, that's because the coaster is about 15 feet off the ground.... ;)

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