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Postby kitsch transporter » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:41 am

The Freefall concept painting you posted a few pages back is really interesting!
It seems they once planned to "suspend" the cars from the tracks so that you stay perpendicular to the ground at all times. This would have prevented all the mechanical repositioning of the car.
I wonder why they decided against this technique?!

Another thing I have learned from the vintage videos: "Neat" must have been a really hip word amongst kids back then.

Is it on purpose that the videos start as soon as you open the page? On my browser all videos start simultaneously when the page has loaded, causing a pretty "neat" cacophony in the process.

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Postby Loefet » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:04 am

There is a bit more information about the First gen Freefall's in the First Drop magazine edition 81 pages 26-27.

This includes a complete list of manufactures units and a concept drawing of a looping version.

On that list there is one that raises a few question marks, in 1995 there was one sold to JR Central in Nagoya (JR as in Japan Railway).
If anyone know anything about this one I would be really interested in more information.

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Postby montezooma » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:09 am

kitsch transporter wrote:
Is it on purpose that the videos start as soon as you open the page? On my browser all videos start simultaneously when the page has loaded, causing a pretty "neat" cacophony in the process.


There are still a couple of bugs that have to be worked out with TPR TV. Robb is aware of them and working on them.

I probably should have waited until all the bugs were worked out to start this super mini series but I just think TPR TV is so "neat" and I couldn't wait.
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Kid's World: Colossus

Postby montezooma » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:44 am

Kid's World and the all mighty Colossus

Yay! another episode of Kid's World with classic ride footage, porn music and the ever popular comments by the classically trained reporters!

If you like Matthew Miller in this episode you are in luck, he will be back for a report on the Revolution in a couple of days!

Kid's RULE!

PS- Janet is HOT and she likes roller coasters!

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Kid's World: Loch Ness Monster

Postby montezooma » Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:40 am

Kid's World searches out the Loch Ness Monster

"People have been searching for the Loch Ness Monster for many years. Well, it's been found. It's at Busch Gardens...and you can even take a ride on it"

Glenn Robertson reports on this Monster. I wonder what ever happened to Glenn? I am guessing he is a hair dresser on Fire Island...Oh no you did-unt

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Postby GAcoaster » Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:50 am

montezooma wrote:If you enjoyed my post on Intamin's 1st generation Free Falls then you MUST check out this site:

http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Freefall.htm

I don't know who runs this Great Adventure History site but it is top notch and full of GREAT things from this park.


Thanks, that's my site. We have a mutual admiration society going here since I've been addicted to your great blasts from the past!

There's one thing I've been looking for on the web but haven't been able to find yet and I'm hoping you might have it or know where to get it. I remember on the original 321 Contact they did a show that featured coasters which I remember watching over and over on video tape until someone recorded over it. I remember it featured Tidal Wave at Great America, and I wanted to ride it SO BAD just from watching it!

PS- Any Great Adventure stuff you have I'd love to get copies of ;)

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Postby thrillerman1 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:29 pm

I too remember the 321 Contact tv show with the coaster episode. I'd love to see that again.

Shane these are great vids!

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Postby ebl » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:35 pm

I just watched that Colossus video. Did that bring back memories! I miss those original PTC trains---so much better than the Morgans on it now.

And I remember the backwards rides in them, too!

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Postby montezooma » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:43 pm

^ Thanks everyone for your comments. I just love watching these Kid's World videos for their sheer campiness, but there is also some great old footage...Turn of the Century!!!

For those of you asking about 321 contact, I am almost positive I have something on that. I have not come across it yet in the videos I have transferred but I remember seeing it.

GAcoaster- not to get all lovey-dovey, but again I have to say "GREAT SITE!" I spent hours on it yesterday and still have much to cover. I loved the Parachuter's Perch page!

The only thing I have posted on Great Adventure so far has been this souvenir book

but as a bonus for you, here is a clip I shot back in the 80's at the park.
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Postby GAcoaster » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:08 am

Wow, great little film! You even got the old Rolling Thunder sign when it still worked right!

We are starting work a little (well really HUGE) project on theme park history, so I may tap you for some info and pics if you'd like to share them.

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