I remember riding the thunder looper in its first week of operation. You could tell it was a used ride even than as it kept breaking down. They seemed to have great trouble with the compressed air for the train take off. However, for the people who experienced the ride, it really was special. We went for the front seat everytime, seeing the long take off track stretching out infront of you with that massive loop, waiting for the countdown, was the most fantastic experience. Then you were accelerated forward, faster and faster until you hit the loop, bang!! full on 'g' then out of the loop and up up up, look to your right and you could see for miles, the train then hung for a second until you were sent accelerationg backwards, back through the loop which was made even greater as you couldn't see it coming, then backwards throught the station at an incredible speed, watching the people in the station fly past in a blur, then up the small de-acceleration hill, still climbing quite high and down into the station where the air brakes tried to force your head from your shoulders.
Fantastic, Fantastic ride, nothing in the park comes close. For all of you who never experience it, you really missed out.
The last time i saw the ride was in small pieces, dismantled in an old steel works, just off the new A50 bypass through longton. It must have been stored here until it was shipped off abroad.