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Weird, Wacky & Strange Coaster Bits

Discussion in 'General Discussions & Opinions' started by ECG, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Peet

    Peet Well-Known Member

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    Me too! It was pretty forgettable.

    A bit closer to home (if you live in the UK), the majority of this beautiful coaster is like that:
    (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:

    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.
  2. jayjay

    jayjay Well-Known Member

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    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.

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