Friday, September 24, 2010

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Foot Pedal from a Screamroller/Extremeroller Train

A Foot Pedal from a Screamroller/Extremeroller Train
A Foot Pedal from a Screamroller/Extremeroller Train

A Wheel from the Schussboomer

A Wheel from the Schussboomer
A Wheel from the Schussboomer

Top of the Track Support Column from the Zambezi Zinger

Top of the Track Support Column from the Zambezi Zinger
Top of the Track Support Column from the Zambezi Zinger

The coaster was re-tracked at one point, and, given that it is now operating in Columbia, this was a piece that was replaced.

Brake Shoe from the Orient Express

Brake Shoe from the Orient Express
Brake Shoe from the Orient Express

The trains for the Orient Express had fins on the bottom that went through the brake shoes, one on each side. When the shoes were compressed together, they would slow and stop the train.

If you were ever unfortunate enough to be heading back into the station, but they were slow getting the next train sent off, the brake run outside the station would stop you in short order. You can figure out on your own how I know this.

This is one side. The top part is what would grip the brake fin, and it's made of solid brass. I lifted the thing, and it's heavy. Because it doesn't show much wear, they think it was used below the station in the train storage area.

Parts from a Wood Coaster

Parts from a Wood Coaster
Parts from a Wood Coaster

These are parts from a wood coaster, though not the Timber Wolf. There's a section of track rail, a chain dog and a chain lift link.

Parts from the Orient Express

Parts from the Orient Express
Parts from the Orient Express

Parts from the Orient Express

Parts from the Orient Express
Parts from the Orient Express

These are some parts from the Orient Express. There's a small segment of the track, a road wheel, a link from the lift hill chain and part of the anti-rollback trough as well as a anti-rollback lug.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mamba

Mamba
Mamba

Zulu

Zulu
Zulu

On the Zulu

On the Zulu
On the Zulu

Prowler

Prowler
Prowler

Prowler

Prowler
Prowler

Prowler

Prowler
Prowler

Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon
Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon
Sea Dragon

Octopus

Octopus
Octopus

Octopus

Octopus
Octopus

Let's be honest, this really doesn't resemble an octopus.

Bamboo

Bamboo
Bamboo

In the Orient section of Worlds of Fun.

Snoopy at Worlds of Fun

Snoopy at Worlds of Fun
Snoopy at Worlds of Fun

I think this could be a fun job. Except when it's 90+ degrees out.

Willow

Willow
Willow

Actually Wilhelmina, after Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.

She's a sweetie, and enjoyed some roughhousing and running around with me.

Timber Terror and Tremors

Timber Terror and Tremors
Timber Terror and Tremors

The coaster in the background and on the left is Timber Terror. That's the turnaround portion of the track. The coaster on the right is Tremors.

I had to find a few pics on the web that showed these two in relation to one another so I could figure out what I was looking at.

Tremors

Tremors
Tremors

Timber Terror

Timber Terror
Timber Terror

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Aftershock

Aftershock
Aftershock

Coming down the first drop.

Aftershock

Aftershock
Aftershock

At the top of the second drop.

Aftershock

Aftershock
Aftershock

Going through the loop.

Aftershock

Aftershock
Aftershock

Going through the cobra roll.

Aftershock

Aftershock
Aftershock

At the top of the first drop.

Aftershock

Aftershock
Aftershock

Aftershock is a Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang. The vertical drop hills make it an awesome ride.

I thought it was interesting that it includes a crossover. Like it sounds, a crossover is where the track crosses itself. In this case, the loop crosses over the loading area.

Panic Plunge

Panic Plunge
Panic Plunge

Coming down.

Panic Plunge

Panic Plunge
Panic Plunge

Going up.

My Trusty Steed

My Trusty Steed
My Trusty Steed

Rosebud

Rosebud
Rosebud

But I thought it was a sled.

Me on the Carousel

Me on the Carousel
Me on the Carousel

Yeah, we rode it. Wanna make something of it?

Carousel

Carousel
Carousel

Antique Cars

Antique Cars
Antique Cars

That's me sporting my Cedar Point shirt, and Heath being, well, Heath.

Antique Cars

Antique Cars
Antique Cars

What would a park be without antique cars?

I think my driver violated all of the rules.

Krazy Kars

Krazy Kars
Krazy Kars

Not your ordinary bumper cars, these are gas powered.

Tilt-a-Whirl

Tilt-a-Whirl
Tilt-a-Whirl

If you work it right, you can get some good spins, and we did.

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

Coaster fans will recognize this as the classic Arrow corkscrew coaster. This is the same model that was at Worlds of Fun where it was known as the Screamroller, and later the EXT or Extremeroller.

Also of note, Corkscrew began life at Knott's Berry Farm in southern California. When it opened in 1975, it was the first modern inverting coaster in the world, and also the first coaster to take riders upside down twice.

I'm glad to say I was able to ride this coaster at both parks. I rode it at Knott's in either 1988 or 1989. Arrow's coasters aren't really known for their longevity, so it's amazing this one is still operating after 35 years.

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

Corkscrew

Corkscrew
Corkscrew

A Camp Setup

A Camp Setup
A Camp Setup