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P. 75 - Waldameer video mentions a future roller coaster
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Postby verticalzero » Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:00 pm

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At 2:14 a.m. Thursday the first of two support arches for Waldameer Park & Water World's new wooden roller coaster, the Ravine Flyer II, was placed across Peninsula Drive.

The crew erecting the supports had hoped to put up both arches Thursday morning, but only completed the southern galvanized-steel arch before they had to reopen the road at 6 a.m., said Steve Reed, project superintendent for Mekis Construction, which is building the bridges.

"We knew it was a stretch," Reed said. "Everything went fine tonight, but sometimes you just don't get as much done as you hope.

"We figured it would take two nights, we just didn't know what we'd do the second night."

The arches are assembled from eight prefabricated galvanized steel pieces. The four pieces that contact the ground were set up and supported Monday and Tuesday. Early Thursday morning a crew joined the two center pieces of the southern bridge and hoisted them into position.

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Bridge assembly: http://www.goerie.com/video/waldameerbridge

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Reed said that the second bridge would be completed late Thursday or early this morning.

If the weather turns to freezing rain, the crew will have to complete the second arch Monday.

Together, both bridges weigh about 55 tons, Reed said, and are designed to hold a 300-ton load. The 165-foot-bridge will attach to the crossbeams on each arch, and a walkway will go along the main supports.

Crews will start work on that walkway as early as next week, Reed said.
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Postby spaceace12 » Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:50 pm

Found these photos on myspace of the coaster.
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.c ... &albumId=0

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Postby kraken613 » Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:54 pm

Hope it wont be as brutal as some of the other GG coasters.

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Postby yankees15 » Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:34 am

I'm really looking forward to this coaster, it looks like it will be a great ride. I really hope my plans work out for this coming summer so I can ride it.

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Postby splzero » Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:05 pm

kraken613 wrote:Hope it wont be as brutal as some of the other GG coasters.


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Postby dr.gumbo » Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:06 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of the old one?

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Postby robbalvey » Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:54 pm

Looks like some new photos have been posted from this past weekend. Ken Jones has a really nice gallery of construction:

http://picasaweb.google.com/kenjones08/RavineFlyer2

Here are a few pics below, but please click the link for more!

And here is the official Ravine Flyer II website:
http://www.waldameer.com/RavineFlyer2.html
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Here's the layout rendering!
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Lift hill and some bunny hops
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The First Drop
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First drop from the campground
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The bridge!!!

Please visit this link for more pics:
http://picasaweb.google.com/kenjones08/RavineFlyer2
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And here's a rendering of what it will look like when it's done!

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Postby doublex98 » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:19 pm

looks awesome! :)
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Postby ginzo » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:52 pm

CTU Agent wrote:I really like how drawn out it is. My only problem is the title. I hate coasters that have a 2 or 3 in the title.


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Postby Golfie » Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:43 pm

Woah! That's a really cool bridge-esque support design they have where the coaster jumps over the road!

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