The Coney Island Thunderbolt, the Cyclone's older, meaner cousin, was a real challenge to ride during the last years of its long life. I was fortunate to snag a few turbulent circuits during its final season in 1982. Sorry for the quality of the earlier pics, but I was shooting with my Kodak 110 Instamatic
Train climbing the T'Bolt's lift.
Train on the uncovered loading platform. This rolling stock was in tragic shape at the end. There were springs and straw leaking from the upholstery and you could see daylight through the floorboards!
Looking up the brake run. That hill on the left is the upside of the double dip. If you look closely, there was a secondary chain lift to assist trains up and over.
Onboard shot from the back seat. The Parachute tower is dead ahead.
Like every plunge on T'bolt, this steep power dive (the second drop) was vicious. With a very thin lap bar that could wiggle loose at any moment, this was one ride where holding on tightly was a very good idea. My skinny butt was nearly wrenched out of the train when we were yanked over the crest.
Steel-tracked Wild Mouse (left) shared T'bolt's lot in the final years.
No rides today. T'bolt's run to the lift is submerged. :(
The last time I saw T'bolt was during a cold New York winter in 2000. :(
There's something creepy about looking at old abandoned coasters because when they are full of patrons they are full of life and they seem to have a soul. Then when there are no riders there is no life. It's sad.
Wow... very nice Thunderbolt pics! I actually have one I took from like 1993ish. I wish I took more than just one pic.. I especially love the snow pics. I will post mine when I get the power cord to my eternal. It should be in this week.
Coaster Count - OMG...I completely lost count... How do you all do it? Man, I really need to update my Photo TR from last year!! >:O 2012 - SoCal and everything I can cram into the week! 2013 - Back to Orlando!
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