Zippin Pippin demolished after partial collapse

Posted Friday, February 12, 2010 12:05 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Zippin Pippin has taken its last ride in Memphis, partially collapsing Thursday before being dismantled for sale to Green Bay. A commissioner said a portion of the ride collapsed and they decided to tear down the rest.

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Friday, February 12, 2010 11:20 AM

"Dismantle" and "Demolish" seem to be confusing on several of the recent coaster losses.

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Friday, February 12, 2010 4:49 PM
kpjb's avatar

Why would anyone pay for a pile of rubble and ancient prints?


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Friday, February 12, 2010 4:59 PM
Vater's avatar

Dude. Elvis rode it.

;)

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Friday, February 12, 2010 5:07 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

kpjb said: Why would anyone pay for a pile of rubble and ancient prints?

They aren't. They're paying for the blueprints, lift motor, chain, steel running rails, and other salvageable parts. The wood is scrap and was going to have to be replaced during the rebuild regardless of the collapse or how gingerly they took the ride down.

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Friday, February 12, 2010 8:25 PM
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Regrdless of what condition any wood coaster is in. A large portion of the wood is not reused.


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Friday, February 12, 2010 9:33 PM

Didn't Little A Merrick A purchase one of the N.A.D. trains from Zippin Pippin? I believe that is the train I saw during their cool coal train ride.


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Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:06 AM

Well that stinks...

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Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:15 AM
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Zippin Pippin will run Timberliners.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:18 AM

Chitown said:
Didn't Little A Merrick A purchase one of the N.A.D. trains from Zippin Pippin? I believe that is the train I saw during their cool coal train ride.

Did Zippin Pippin have a NAD train many many years ago? When it closed in 2005 it had only one train, an old PTC.

Last edited by Jeffrey Seifert, Sunday, February 14, 2010 11:13 AM
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Saturday, February 13, 2010 3:46 PM

Here's a question. What's a Pippin anyway? And why would half a dozen coasters be given that name?

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Saturday, February 13, 2010 3:57 PM
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I only knew it as a musical. Think about your life... Pippin!


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Saturday, February 13, 2010 4:40 PM
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Pippin is also a type of apple.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010 5:40 PM

^^ But I'm sure this coaster and Thunderbolt are older than Ben Vereen, although finding your corner of the sky is a nice tie-in with a coaster.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:22 PM

Pippin (a.k.a. Peregrin Took) was one of the eight companions who accompanied Frodo on his quest to destroy the One Ring.

'Zippin Pippin' was therefore actually a very ribald nickname whispered amongst the hobbit-lasses.


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Sunday, February 14, 2010 5:15 PM
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Chitown said:
Didn't Little A Merrick A purchase one of the N.A.D. trains from Zippin Pippin? I believe that is the train I saw during their cool coal train ride.

I believe those are the trains from the Lincoln Park Comet.


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