Woodies Without Handrails

Friday, November 3, 2000 5:33 PM
I just got done watching a segment on the Lakeside Cyclone in Denver. I noticed that it doesn't have a handrail or walkway along one side of the track. I was never on a woodie like that but I always thought it would give a more unsecure feeling compared two the two handrails.

If you were on a woodie without the handrail does it do anything for the ride experience?

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Saturday, November 4, 2000 6:00 AM
You have to remember that the hand rails are there principally for the maintainance people. It's only been recently that the insurance companies have insisted that there be railings on both sides.
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 12:03 PM
Well for the SOB it would be impossible for there to be handrails on both sides throughout the entire coarse (the loop). *** This post was edited by coastergenius on 11/7/2000. ***
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 12:15 PM
Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA does not have handrails and is the world's oldest operating rollercoaster.

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Rob Vaccaro
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 12:25 PM
So if they would tear dow Leap the Dips the Wild One would be the oldest coaster and wheres that(:
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Sunday, November 5, 2000 9:52 AM
You're wrong Coastergenuis. If, godforbid, anything ever happened to Leap the Dips, then the
Jack Rabbit at Clementon Lake Park would be the oldest operating coaster in the US.

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Rob Vaccaro
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Sunday, November 5, 2000 9:58 AM
I've ridden the Cyclone many times and it doesn't score points as a thriller but the no handrail is one of the few thrilling elements on that ride.
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Monday, November 6, 2000 4:03 AM
I had always believed that Clementon's Jack Rabbit was the oldest operating coaster (prior to the Leap the Dips restoration) but it isn't! Jack Rabbit opened in 1919 while Wild One opened in 1917, Although Jack Rabbit is the still operating in it's original location and original name. Wild One orignated at Paragon Park as the Giant Coaster and was Moved to SFA in the 1980's.

Of course don't forget about the SBNO Jack Rabbit at Idora Park built in 1910!
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Monday, November 6, 2000 1:23 PM
Clementon's Jack Rabbit was the oldest operating coaster. Then Tierco got the Wild One running again, and it became the oldest operating coaster. Then Lakemont Park got Leap the Dips operating again, and now it is the oldest.

What a wondrous time we live in when the 'oldest operating coaster' is getting earlier and earlier...!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Monday, November 13, 2000 11:56 AM
The Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake also only has a walkway on one side. The guiderail is only about 3 feet off the walkway.
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Monday, November 13, 2000 3:06 PM
I doubt very much that it's an insurance issue, look at the lifts of the new Intamin steelies (take it from some one who had to get out of one at 140 feet... it's a long way down). If anything it's an issue with OSHA, I suspect.

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