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Loch Ness Monster @ BGW to undergo major refurbishment in 2024

Steely Dan

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It's very cool to see BG investing in this aged, legendary coaster.

Out of all the arrow multi loopers still around, this one ranks very highly as one of the few that truly deserves to be preserved for posterity.

And it's just so damn pretty too.
 

Nicky Borrill

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I wonder why they've chosen weld on site rather than bolt together.

Either way, great to see another park looking after it's iconic steel rides.
 

Hixee

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I wonder why they've chosen weld on site rather than bolt together.
My memory fails me slightly here - and not got time to dig it up properly - but aren't these old Arrow coasters all welded anyway? So if replacing with bolted sections they'd still need to go through and cut the track and weld on the flanges. At that point might be easier just to re-weld the track - not like it hasn't been fine for a few decades already now.

Waits for someone to come and correct me.
 

Nicky Borrill

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My memory fails me slightly here - and not got time to dig it up properly - but aren't these old Arrow coasters all welded anyway? So if replacing with bolted sections they'd still need to go through and cut the track and weld on the flanges. At that point might be easier just to re-weld the track - not like it hasn't been fine for a few decades already now.

Waits for someone to come and correct me.
Yes, they were originally welded. But haven’t recent retracks all seen Arrows converted to bolted for ease of future maintenance? Nothing wrong with welding, of course, just wondering why they’ve chosen this path.
 

Hixee

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Yes, they were originally welded. But haven’t recent retracks all seen Arrows converted to bolted for ease of future maintenance? Nothing wrong with welding, of course, just wondering why they’ve chosen this path.
Ah, gotcha. Pass.

I have to say I'm not entirely convinced by the 'future maintenance' argument. The original welded track has lasted 40-odd years, after all. It's hardly a regular occurrence (in theory).

Must be a logical reason for it - I'm no steelwork fabricator after all.
 

emoo

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Premier and ACE are on the IAPPA poster: "Salute to Preservation". Are they doing the track work??
 

Matt N

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Premier and ACE are on the IAPPA poster: "Salute to Preservation". Are they doing the track work??
Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I believe that the park confirmed that Premier were behind the Loch Ness Monster retrack, if I’m remembering correctly.
 

cookie

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The track on both loops are now completely gone

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