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Wood or metal rollercoasters

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

  1. MarkieMark

    MarkieMark Friend of Leo's

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    Yep. "Leap the dips" in Lakemont park- Altoona PA. Rode it.
    The comet- Hershey PA, rode it many times.
    Big dipper, Santa Cruz- yep.
     
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    We have a wooden rollercoaster in Helsinki, Linnanmäki.

    It was built in 1951 and they say all the wooden parts have been replaced 5 times to this day. It's a continuous process.
     
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    We called it “Thunderfart” ‘cuz we’d done liketa shat ourselves ...
     
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    Yes.
    I like the clack of the old-school wood, but steel gives designers more options.
     
  5. TG

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    I grew up not too far from Crystal Beach in southern Ontario. It was about 10 miles from Buffalo over the border.
    It had a couple of very old wooden rollercoasters including The Comet.
    I think they were tame compared to modern rides but it was scary enough for me, and the vintage vibe of that place was great. We went every year in the 60s and early 70s.
    It's all gone now, but I think The Comet was taken somewhere and revonstructed.

    Just Googled and it's now in Queensbury, N.Y.
    Apparently it's considered one of the better ones.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Comet_(Great_Escape)
     
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  6. gimmeatele

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    That rock n roll was half the fun :)
     
  7. gimmeatele

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    I have ridden this one on a trip to California, probably the last wooden one I rode.
     
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  8. DougM

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    This inspired me to look on Youtube at amusement parks rides, and a lot of the newer rides at Disneyland are coasters, and the Mt. Everest one looks pretty good. But, my favorite rides there are still the old school ones like the Peter Pan one, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted House, and the Monsanto Adventure Through Inner Space, which is sadly no longer.

    You can take a virtual ride on almost every ride at Disneyland, Disney World in Florida, and many other theme parks and coasters all over the world. I'm gonna spend days exploring this portion of YouTube.
     
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  9. Guitarteach

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    Roller Coaster Tycoon game covers for when I can’t get a summer on some real ones. I should stop at my age but I am addicted and will keep going round and round until I trigger a migraine.

    Wooden ones have a completely different vibe with the looseness and noise.

    Just give me them all.
     
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    Giant Dipper in Santa Cruz on the Boardwalk 1924
     
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    For me a true roller coaster is made of wood. The Comet was a wooden coaster at the old, long since gone, Fountain Ferry Park in Louisville. It was the first coaster I ever rode. I remember the first time I rode it I got the crap scared out of me. The cars did not have any kind of seat restraints at all in them, just a bar to hold onto.
     
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    Wood for me. I always liked the Screaming Eagle.

     
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    I can ride metal all day long - fast and smooth. One moderate wooden roller coaster and my nerves are done for the day!
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Wood.
     
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    Kinda like tube vs ss, I'm nostalgic.... Wooden for me I love the original Texas Giant at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington, TX.
     
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    Steel coasters are sterile .
    Hershey Park is just up the road from me .
    There was a rather notorious wooden coaster at the now gone Rocky Springs Park that was a simple figure 8 with a tunnel . I got to speak with the wife of the man that built it . 97' first drop , it went right back up and turned very tightly , only to drop , rise and turn again . 2 necks were broken on this incredible ride during its run . It is actually illegal to build one like it in today's world because of how downright violent it was .
    Give me wooden coasters all the way .
     
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  18. Guran

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    This is wood, built just a few years ago. Wood but modern. I'ts less then 3 hrs away, but I haven't been there since they built it. I will have to go someday!

     
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    Six Flags, right?
     
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    Wow! Now thats a piece of work!
     
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