Wood Coasters - A Thing of the Past?

Sunday, February 2, 2003 10:47 AM
It seems that all of the new rollercoasters today are made out of steel. Are there any plans for exciting new wooden coasters, or have they become a thing of the past?

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 11:03 AM
I think with Intamin's Plug and Play woodies, wooden rollercoasters will become more popular as they are able to go higher and faster without getting rougher. I think steel will always be built more than new wooden coasters because you can do more things with steel and it is more marketable.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 11:05 AM
You know, this question has been asked every five years or so, ever since Arrow developed the corkscrew.

But, somehow, they always manage to stay around so that it can be asked again, five years later.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 11:11 AM
The short answer is no. Multiple woodies are built every year. In 2000 CCI built 7 woodies. This year three or 4 will be built (2 are announced.)

Wood is here to stay.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 11:38 AM
There always looking for ways to make woodies different and more exciting, take a look at Gawzi and Lightning Racer for instance.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 12:16 PM
Wood coasters are still being built, just not at the rate of Steele coasters.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 12:19 PM
i wish there were more wodden coaster around. They make a park look great and they have a personality which adds to the ride.
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Sunday, February 2, 2003 12:35 PM
I think alot of it is that the general public prefers steel. When I went to Hershey when Lightning Racer was brand new, I came off with some friends, and they started talking about how "It would have been better if it had loops and was steel like the Great Bear". Wood just doesn't have the same effect on the GP like steel does.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 12:41 PM
i think wood has more of a ride than steel. i dont know about anyone else but goin upside down doesnt thrill that much anymore. Rickedy old rides that beat you up offer so much more than steel.

dont get me wrong , steel coaster are awesome. its just a "been there , done that" thing that makes me want to ride wodden coaster more.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 12:44 PM
I think there will always be a passion and park need for wooden rollercoasters. Steel coasters are not so much "more popular" as they are "easy to clone". The proliferation of steel coasters easily dimishes if we were to look at new designs (steel) versus new designs (wood). I am beginning to see a trend in parks whereby new seel coasters are introduced to make a profit but new wood introduced to make a statement.

The other indication that wood coasters will continue to be produced is longevity. Although steel is easier to maintain, steel appeal does not show longevity. Wood Coasters are each unique to themselves and it seems they never lose their appeal. A look at the Internet Wood & Steel Polls to some degree bears this out. The top 25 or even fifty has a wide variety of coaster spanning decades in creation dates. The top 25 steel are always "the newest" - always the "record breakers". You don't see many early steel coasters cracking into anyone's top 10 lists.

Finally, even amongst the most strident coasters fans you will sometimes here people call for or at least consider the removal of a steel coaster. That just doesn't happen with wooden coasters. I think there tends to be more respect and reverence for wood coaster design and preservation - perhaps it is the lives of the trees sacrificed or perhaps it is recognition that a "good" or, especially, "great" woodie ride is a engineering feat to be celebrated.

Or, maybe I'm just completely full of @#%!&$*!

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 12:55 PM
What R the plug and play coasters?
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Sunday, February 2, 2003 2:09 PM
Ya know, I was just gonna post a thread like this the other day. I think wood is becoming a thing of the past kinda. Doesn't seem like anyone is talking much about em anymore. What new exciting things can they do to woodies? I think they've explored every aspect, or maybe not? Steel? Theres worlds and worlds yet to be explored.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 2:16 PM
Ride Legend, Raven, Timbers, Phoenix, or Twister, then say that wood is going. ;>)

--Ryan

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 2:17 PM
A wood coaster is a vital addition to a young, growing park. It is a staple and tradition in every major park and lower cost to construct.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 3:14 PM

Derrick Whitsett said:
What R the plug and play coasters?

If you mean what are the plug and play coasters (see TOS), they're the Intamin woodies including Colossos at Heide and Balder at Liseberg. They're manufactured off site and assembled on site (just like a steel coaster) so they ride incredibly smoothly. The also run a modified version of the Intamin Hyper trains.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 3:27 PM
Only the track is assembled offsite. It is just engineered lumber with your normal Steel straps attached.

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 3:49 PM
Actually, S&S is either talking about, or in the test phase of a launched woodie. You wanted innovation concerning wood? That's what you get...you should be ashamed! j/k ;)

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 4:31 PM
How come no one ever mentions The Ozark Wildcat when people ask "what exciting woodies will be built this year"?????

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Sunday, February 2, 2003 4:45 PM
I am guessing it is just the *overlook* factor, we know GCI's coasters are for the most part *Money*, and with Intamin's new design, and S&S"s new woodie division people might just be overlooking OW in this thread. I am sure this will be a great ride and don't worry it will get plenty of appreciation.
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Sunday, February 2, 2003 4:50 PM
Don't forget "The Gravity Group" is lurking out there.....

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