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Wood or metal rollercoasters

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by gimmeatele, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. gimmeatele

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    Anyone have a preferred coaster build? Many may never have been on a wooden one, but they were my favourite
     
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    The wooden ones are way scarier IMO.
     
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    No wood Coster had the ability to scare the hell of me as those two.
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    The only wooden roller coaster I ever rode is the one at the Dallas Fairgrounds. Talk about shake rattle and roll. I swear it moved in the wind before the ride even started. Loved it!
     
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    There will always be a space in my heart for wooden coasters. I no longer do amusement parks unless it’s a water park.
     
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    Wood for sure. And I also swear the coaster at the Dallas Fairgrounds does move a bit.....but it’s cool
     
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    Not a fan of roller coasters in general but the last wooden one I went on scared the crap out of me. Felt like it was gonna fall apart.
     
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    Used to love the old wooden ones, especially when the infrastructure would shake or the wheels of the last car lost contact with the track.
    Yeah, I'm an odd sod.:twisted:
     
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    Wood for fun, metal for vomit.
     
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    I always remember the click clack in the way up.
     
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    That's exactly it! The old Thunderbolt at Kennywood in Pittsburgh was not huge or fast, but man it felt good to walk away in one piece!
     
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    Nothing like riding a wooden coaster that's almost 100 years old.
     
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    One has to wonder about the maintenance - has all that lumber been checked for rot? How many bolts have rusted to the point where they will quit.
    As a kid, I never thought about such things. The steel coasters are far more acrobatic with spirals, etc, but the old wooden ones are scarier.
     
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    When I was young, I was a coaster addict.
    Part of an early bucket list was to ride every one I could possibly get access to. Trimpers on the pier in Ocean city MD, to that little vintage ride on the pier in Santa Monica CA. and every one in between.
    Friends and I would plan weekends to major amusement parks, and just ride every coaster in the place. With occasional breaks riding the "rotor" (think- stick to the wall of a large rotating drum while the floor drops away)

    Sometime in the eighties, I was road testing a car, and at the end of a dead end street I prepared to make a u-turn. When I checked over my shoulder and then returned to looking ahead, my inner ear went nuts. Sudden waves of motion sickness that caused nausea that I just couldnt shake.
    After that day, trying to ride anything like a roller coaster or spinning ride easily made me ill. I still tried now and then, but usually just one and done for the day. Mild but tolerable nausea.
    So I got choosy.

    One called "the big bad wolf" was an early "hang from the rail above" design. It threw me around so violently I got a bruise on the side of my face... From hitting it on my own shoulder.

    Another of the last few attempts was some crazy thing that accelerated by magnetic impulse, something like 0 to 70 in slightly under a second or sonething, sucking the breath right out of you- then turned straight up, half twist, shoot over a sharp crest and straight down again, another half twist, all in about five seconds it seems...
    But that one, despite being insanely fast- was quite smooth.

    The last few vintage wooden coasters I rode felt like driving a Jeep Wrangler.
    I'd prefer to avoid either at this age, thank you very much.
     
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    Wood.
     
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    As a kid near Altoona ,this was the only one we had. It turns out it's the oldest operating wooden coaster in existence
    I now live near Hershey Park and have plenty to choose from but still prefer wood
     
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    The wooden Comet at Hershey Park. In service since 1946, it clanks and bangs like a Tele. Only ten minutes from home but the price of admission keeps me from returning. When My brothers and I were kids the admission was free (to picnic and such) and tickets were sold to ride the rides.
    The Comet also has 2 or 3 of those negative "G" areas that float your belly.
     
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    There's nothing like the sensation from the dips in the Giant Dipper in Santa Cruz on the Boardwalk, where you rise up in your seat and become weightless for a second. I've never been on a newer metal style one that does that, but the only ones of those I've been on are at Great America in Santa Clara. The upside down corkscrews on the Demon there are super fun too.
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