I personally liked it and have found it to be an extremely moody coaster. Hope to see it open again soon.
As Thriller it was kicking so much a€€, used to run five trains, day in day out for up to 14 hours and was hurled across the Autobahn up to ten times per season.
Since it arrived at SF it suddenly became unreliable. I understand that the climate in Texas was a huge problem for the tire-drive. But I don´t think that the Californian weather could be much of an issue with the ride.
Yes, the accordeon restraints were horrible, but they were in no way worse than the retro-fit on Revolution or any Arrow/Vekoma/Togo attrocity which are still operating.
What is the point in buying the most notorious G-force laden coaster on the planet with the best drop under 180 ft, if you are going to ruin it?
A smaller park should get the ride, bring it back to its original state and watch the people going crazy during the most insane ride since the Crystal Beach Cyclone.
Or even better: re-import it to Germany along with the equally wonderful Dreier Looping which is rotting away towards an unsure future at Flamingoland.
Those coasters are too great to be lost after such a short time.
Even Revulsion is better than an Anton rotting away like PGA's old shuttle... :(
bill, hoping for Premier trains. Wieland, I'm not sure, can you disown a child in the afterlife? ;)
It was the second best coaster we had, only behind the Cyclone. Even if the tire issues were fixed, it had to be chopped to tame it down.
Blame it on:
1. SEN. Markey harping on G forces. It was getting a lot of negative attention for SF's because of him.
2. People in the states are whiney and law suit hungry. It was problematic for customer relations.
It was in AW's best interest to get this out of the park. It was trouble from day one. However I really miss it. God.. unbutchered it was an awesome ride.
The coaster should have never been moved to the States. It would still be in tack and alive over seas. I suspect SF's has learned a hard lesson and will stop throwing money in it. Last time new trains were delivered they did not work out. But who knows...it's SF's and they do have a history of making non logical moves.
At one time there was the Dreier Looping, Thriller, Olympia Looping and Alpina Bahn sharing the big fairs between them. (note that big doesn´t mean long: There are fairs which only last four days but they tend to attract up to 3 million visitors during their short run.)
It was almost oversaturation and good businessmen (and Showmen should be very good at this) always need to upstage each other.
In 1995 there was a sad incident when a young woman suffered a heart attack during the ride. She was dead when she arrived at the station. There was much bad press and maybe the owner lost his interest in the ride.
Shortly before Thriller was sold, the Barth family sold their Dreier Looping to Asia. Alledgedly they got more money for it as they paid for in 1983!
There were rumours for years that Barth was going to build a new multilooper which was going to break a few records. But this will probably never happen. People spend less money on fairs while the costs for transport and maintenance are rising.
Are Alpina Bahn, Olympia Looping and EuroStar the only big traveling coasters still on the German fair circuit?
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