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roomraider

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So I have been working to track down the monorail coasters mentioned in at least a couple of posters above. I have a couple of double tracked ones I am are looking into the history of and I assumed (i thought resonably enough) that they were racing versions of R2000 and Monorail Eclair. Turns out I was wrong.

This is a picture of Cyclone at Playcenter in Brazil which ran there between 1970 and 1973. Currently the working theory is this came from the German fair circuit.

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I mean just what the hell?

It seems these were very early versions of Pinfari Cyclones built in the late 50s and early 60s. Still working on tracking them all down and building timelines but at least one was in France in the late 50s and one was in Florida in the 70s.
 

MysticOrb

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Now, I know that this is more of a ‘unique’ coaster, and that it doesn’t necessarily belong under the ‘wacky/strange parts’-category, but I still thought that it deserved a spot on here.
 
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Pokemaniac

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You've seen coasters with a steel structure.

You've seen coasters with a wooden structure.

You've even seen coasters with a hybrid steel and wood structure.

But have you ever seen a coaster with NO structure? With the track fastened straight to the footers, with no supports in the middle? Wonderla in Bangalore has you covered. The picture below shows the track at its highest point off the ground:
https://rcdb.com/3874.htm

Picture from TPR.
 

gavin

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You've seen coasters with a steel structure.

You've seen coasters with a wooden structure.

You've even seen coasters with a hybrid steel and wood structure.

But have you ever seen a coaster with NO structure? With the track fastened straight to the footers, with no supports in the middle? Wonderla in Bangalore has you covered. The picture below shows the track at its highest point off the ground:
https://rcdb.com/3874.htm

Picture from TPR.
I've been on that and didn't even notice.
 

Peet

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gavin said:
I've been on that and didn't even notice.
Me too! It was pretty forgettable.

You've seen coasters with a steel structure.

You've seen coasters with a wooden structure.

You've even seen coasters with a hybrid steel and wood structure.

But have you ever seen a coaster with NO structure? With the track fastened straight to the footers, with no supports in the middle? Wonderla in Bangalore has you covered. The picture below shows the track at its highest point off the ground:
A bit closer to home (if you live in the UK), the majority of this beautiful coaster is like that:
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(image from rcdb)

Actually I could list a lot of The Ultimate's features in this topic:
- No structure (except on lift hills)
- Built on sleepers
- Goes miles away from the rest of the theme park
- Sometimes thinks it's a roller coaster, sometimes thinks it's a train
- Wooden structure supported by guy wires
- This bit:
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I was at Lightwater Valley this weekend remembering how much I love this ride. I always think it seems to have been designed by somebody who has heard of a roller coaster but has no idea what they are supposed to look like - it has to be one of the most brilliantly weird coasters ever built.
 

jayjay

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I always think it seems to have been designed by somebody who has heard of a roller coaster but has no idea what they are supposed to look like
You're not far off. Big Country Motioneering, who first built the ride, only had experience building kiddie coasters and bodged it in every way. They didn't account for the fact it would buckle under summer heat, and trains wouldn't make the full circuit. Of course at this point, Lightwater brought in a seasoned coaster manufacturer to fix all the problems. Actually, no, they brought in British Rail, who to be fair, did the job to finish the coaster ready to open again.

This reminds me that I need to ride this again.
 

roomraider

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A few weird and wonderful things from the fringes of the coastering world for you

This lovely coaster in Zambia which needs an additional propulsion method to reach the end

A Super Loop/Ring Of Fire with what appears to be a chain lift or at least electric lift up one side. Then Coasts like a coaster for the rest of the cycle.
This one might even be a credit.

This lovely circular loop at Sharm Park in Gaza

Enjoy :p
 

Intricks

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I'm more worried about the whiplash that oddly shaped dip would give.

Forreal, did they manufacture the track opposite what it was supposed to be and said screw it, lets use it?

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roomraider

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This one is a patent from 1917 found here
https://patents.google.com/patent/US1230559A/en

Basically the aim of this was a kind of switchback railway for a water park. People board at the top station and the car runs down the track through some water elements like a shower before hitting spring loaded buffers. At which point all the occupants fly off the car into some water (Or a net?).

The car then thanks to the springs is pushed back down a return track where it engages a lift and returns to the start point sans passengers.


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And I quote from the patent

"In use, the passengers, attired in bathing suits, extend themselves in prostrate positions between the boards J, K, on the car. The use of the head or foot rest L M on the car is now apparent. If they so desire, the occupants may grasp the hood grips or handles N, which are so shaped that when the car is suddenly stopped they cannot retain their hold of the same and thus cause themselves injury. When ready, the car is started by an attendant on its downward path. It gains increasing velocity and when the end of the track is reached, the buffer engaging part O on the car engages the buffer C, putting its springs under compression. Thus the car is brought to a stop so suddenly that the occupants are projected through the air into the water beneath."

and

"This track at its terminal part ends abruptly and is suitably provided with a strong spring buffer C to receive the impact of the cars. Beyond the end of the track is an expanse of water D such as a riveror ocean front; and as it is desirable that this water shall be reasonably deep, I prefer to provide a suitable net D to receive the occupants of the car when projected therefrom into the water."
 

Matt N

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Sorry to bump the thread, and I'm not sure whether this is in the right topic or not, but I found this interesting contraption on RCDB:
https://rcdb.com/4465.htm
Looks like some kind of knockoff Vekoma Rollerskater, as it looks bizarrely like one, but it is actually manufactured by an Iranian firm.
 

Peet

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Yeah there was a little bit of discussion about these on the Wild Mouse RIP thread, I love how the "Animal Coaster" has the cars painted up as animals even though they're clearly car-shaped!
 
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