But that's why it's art.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The coaster was re-tracked at one point, and, given that it is now operating in Columbia, this was a piece that was replaced.
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.
Friday, August 13, 2010
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.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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.
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.