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Rollercoaster Failures

Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:52 pm

Thought I'd start a new topic for rollercoasters that in your opinion are badly designed, badly made, painful or just plain terrible.

I'll start off with this: [url=http://www.rcdb.com/3050.htm?p=20301" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.rcdb.com/3050.htm?p=20301[/url]

Made me laugh a little bit. It's listed as a flying coaster :lol:
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:47 am

Isn't this kinda similar to the Strange Coasters topic?

I'm gonna go with Drachen Fire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It was meant to be a B&M but they were too busy designing Kumba for Busch Gardens Tampa. So they called in Arrow to do it who apparently didn't modify the layout for Arrow trains. So it was incredibly painful and beat itself apart. It only last 6 seasons.

It's an Arrow multi-looper with OTSR's, so it's looks like it'd be tick tock headbang'o'clock.

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I've heard if you ask staff at the park about it they will completely deny its existence.
 
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:20 pm

I'm nearly ashamed to show people this :oops: #-o

[url=http://www.rcdb.com/1841.htm?p=15730" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.rcdb.com/1841.htm?p=15730[/url]

This is advertised as the only rollercoaster in Ireland. Is it any wonder very few people in England have heard of it :oops: :oops: :oops:

It's on our north coast in Portrush at Barry's. :no: :no:
 
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:17 pm

"Justtracy" wrote:
This is advertised as the only rollercoaster in Ireland.

Firstly it is in the UK, not Ireland, and secondly that very park has two coasters! :P
 
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:03 pm

Was Drachen Fire realy meant to be B&M? Wow, did not know that! I suppose if it was the drop would not have been straight, the cut back would be an overbank and various other crap pieces of design would have been sorted. And it would have been much smoother.

Shame, I would have loved to go on it, it had a great layout and was supposedly very forceful, even with the crap build and design quality and Biblical-scale roughness
 
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Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:53 pm

@Sam

Now that looks a very impressive coaster at first sights - a bit like Goudurix. But, I can imagine, as with Goudurix, you'd come off it needing to see the osteopth and to have your neck muscles replaced.
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:37 pm

Drachen Fire looks like something that was made in RCT3. :shock:

That must have been extremely painful in it's prime. I can imagine your neck would not be the same again after going through that corkscrewish over bank 'thing'. :P
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:34 pm

I'm not sure if this ride should be counted as a failure but I think the crystal beach cyclone for its figure eight helixes which generated huge G forces for rides which caused huge stress on the structure and eventually forced the ride into disrepair.

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http://www.rcdb.com/1522.htm

If you have no limits you can see it on there as a pre made simulator.

Here is a vidio which contains a few seconds of actual POV of the ride from the 30s it also shows the train going arround the helix in slow motion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRMlFSKF_L8
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:49 pm

Video of the ride here:
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hMveMFnigM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hMveMFnigM[/url]

Lots of bad rumours about the Crystal Beach Cyclone. It was one of three built of similar design, but the Crystal Beach one got a terrible reputation.

There were deaths, yes, and broken limbs. Probably no more than on the Grand National or Wild Mouse at Blackpool though. The reputation was played on by the owners, but while there are many apocryphal tales of the coaster, contemporary interviews with riders are pretty good. It's said two boys rode it 52 times on its second day of operation, so it wasn't THAT bad.

The biggest issue was that the structure was under supported and the force of the train was too much. Eventually, the intake wasn't high enough to cover the constant maintenance and the ride was taken down. The two sister rides lasted longer though if I remember correctly.

My failure has to go to:
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:31 pm

If a coaster or ride for that matter is designed wrong like the one above who foots the bill? the theme park or the designer?

I mean the park are paying for a ride that works after all
 
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:49 pm

How about the Batflyer?
[url=http://www.rcdb.com/780.htm?p=1170" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.rcdb.com/780.htm?p=1170[/url]

Or the Skytrak?
[url=http://www.rcdb.com/2380.htm?p=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.rcdb.com/2380.htm?p=0[/url]
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:27 am

Up here in Scotland, we have the big Pinfari 'Tornado' :P

[url=http://www.rcdb.com/1070.htm?p=2770" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.rcdb.com/1070.htm?p=2770[/url]

This was the first time Pinfari made a Corkscrew, which was so rough that they got rid of it for the '06 season and replaced it with a high bank curve.

Pinfari coasters are so rough, they make Vekoma look like B&M :lol:
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Re: Rollercoaster Failures

Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:02 pm

(July 28, 2013) - At Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, North Carolina, a circular swing ride called the Windseeker stalled, leaving 64 passengers stranded in the air for over an hour. Park officials said that the ride's safety system engaged, causing the ride to stop. Passengers were unloaded from the ride after the gondola returned to the loading platform.
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