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Re: Lightning Rod - Dollywood 2016

by Rita Fan » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:09 pm

Don't know if anyone's seen this yet, but...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CIu4d2eBRIs
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Re: Lightning Rod - Dollywood 2016

by Aidan Lowe » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:57 pm

360° video, can be watched in 4k resolution for slightly better clarity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcgfQdYmBtg
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Re: Lightning Rod - Dollywood 2016

by lewis97 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:35 pm

Here are the latest photos from RMC's Facebook, with track now extending up into the wave turn.

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Re: Lightning Rod - Dollywood 2016

by Capt. Barnacles » Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:50 pm

RMC's construction teams really don't hang around when building their coasters. The first pieces of dual coloured track went up on the Joker at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom yesterday too, so they like to get a move on! Feels like only last month Roar shut for good but it was August! But more to the topic, Lightning Rod looks amazing, I have a feeling this will get the notoriety and publicity that FireChaser Express didn't quite get. Whilst FE is a nice thrilling family coaster, this is going to rip apart everything there. And again, it's nice to see RMC creating layouts without inversions to add diversity to their line up of installations.
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Re: Lightning Rod - Dollywood 2016

by Aidan Lowe » Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:36 am

In the loop has a construction video from 23rd December, doesn't really hit on anything not seen before in previous pictures but its a quick look at the promotion stand, station & lift hill.

But this thing looks amazing, the lift hill alone looks far steeper and higher than I had thought it would be.
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Re: Lightning Rod - Dollywood 2016

by Aidan Lowe » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:26 pm

Coaster Studios have the train reveal over at their Facebook page.
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Re: Lightning Rod - Dollywood 2016

by lewis97 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:56 pm

Devin Olson Media are producing a documentary for Lightning Rod, with Dollywood uploading the first part of 'Under the Hood' to their Facebook page yesterday.
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Re: Dollywood

by lewis97 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:13 pm

The next episode of 'Under the Hood' is now available, taking a look at the launch technology and track manufacture process.

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Re: Dollywood

by lewis97 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:02 pm

After much speculation, it has been confirmed that Lightning Rod will not open with the park this Saturday, as RMC have requested more time to commission the ride. However they have released this off ride video of testing...

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Re: Dollywood

by Justin » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:04 pm

I love the look of this and I'd love to visit Dollywood for the experience!
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Re: Dollywood

by lewis97 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:51 pm

RMC have released a statement on the delayed opening of Lightning Rod;
RMC’S STATEMENT ON THE DELAYED OPENING OF LIGHTNING ROD ROLLER COASTER AT DOLLYWOOD THEME PARK

HAYDEN, Idaho — Rocky Mountain Construction co-owner Fred Grubb has released the following statement on the recently announced delay to the opening of Lightning Rod at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN:

“We take the highest level of pride in every attraction we create. RMC is equally disappointed that Lightning Rod will not be opening as originally planned. We have been working with the launch system subcontractor on-site to bring it up to speed and working as intended.

As is often the case with prototype attractions and especially with launched coasters, delays are an ever-present possibility. During the course of testing, we determined that the third-party launch system would not be able to perform at the level required for proper operation.

While we strive to meet all of our deadlines, we cannot and will not sacrifice safety or ride quality in the name of saving time. RMC never has nor ever will open any new attraction until it has passed our rigorous standards.

At this time, we cannot speculate as to when the attraction will open to the general public. That date is ultimately decided upon by the customer, therefore all questions regarding an opening should be directed to Dollywood.

On behalf of all the employees at Rocky Mountain Construction, I want to personally thank the management team at Dollywood, the fans of the park as well as our fans for their patience and understanding as we work to bring you Lightning Rod.”
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Re: Dollywood

by dazza4783 » Mon May 23, 2016 6:41 pm

Lightning Rod is currently in technical rehearsals, some guests on park have been able to ride.

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Re: Dollywood

by Tom » Tue May 24, 2016 9:48 am

Some footage of the launch lift hill during testing: https://youtu.be/lmhvA6Sy_K4

Looks nice and fast, I eagerly await a POV!
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Re: Dollywood

by Max » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:03 pm

Credit to CoasterFanatics on YouTube.

POV is here, looks seriously quick.
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Re: Dollywood

by lewis97 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:58 pm

Here's the official and much better quality POV. The quadruple down looks insane with it retaining an impressive amount of speed as it comes into the final brakes.
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Re: Dollywood

by Justin » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:10 pm

This looks amazing. I really want to ride it, especially with that lift hill!
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Re: Dollywood

by lewis97 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:12 pm

After a delay of almost three months, today is Lightning Rod's official opening.
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Re: Dollywood

by MakoMania » Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:25 am

Seems Lightning Rod is experiencing the same issue as Wildfire, and has been ordered to close by RMC.
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Re: Dollywood

by Max » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:49 pm

It seems as if Rocky Mountain have ordered that some coasters be closed due to the defective train cylinder, along with Lightning Rod. Thus far, only Lightning Rod, Wildfire and Wicked Cyclone have been closed.
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Re: Dollywood

by Owen » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:03 pm

The ride has set on fire, expected to be down to the launch/rollback system becoming too hot.

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Credit to Parks and Coasters Workdwide Facebook.

Anyone would think RMC like having their coasters on fire...
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