Arrow's plant was located in Clearfield, Utah which is about 20 minutes north of Salt Lake City. When it was bought out by S&S everything that was in Clearfield was relocated to S&S's factory in Logan, Utah, which is about 80 miles north of Salt Lake.
Riding on the success of the Corkscrew and the Launched Loop, Arrow started promoting custom designed coasters, the first of which where the Loch Ness Monster, Orient Express and Gemini. Here is their updated product line brochure.
From this ride packed it seems that the suspended coaster had just been sold to Kings Island. They have the track layout on the back side of the flyer but are still using photos from the test track at their plant.
In the caption it says "For double the thrills, and double the visual impact, a number of parks have opted to install interlocked launched loops." I wonder if there were others besides Great Adventure who were planning on this???
Funny thing...looking at the track plans for the various rides has inspired me to turn on the ol' AutoCAD and recreate ones for rides I've ridden. That was the first time that I've seen a track plan for The Bat at Kings Island.
Also, I went to Google Maps and entered Arrow's old address from their brochures (1555 Plymouth, Mountain View, CA) and discovered that it's just up U.S. 101 a couple of miles from Calfornia's Great America. No doubt I drove past there in the late '70s when operations were still there.
TheRapidsNerd wrote:No prob. Google Earth pic below. Search "Arrow Dynamics" in Utah and it'll take you to Clearfield where this pic is.
That Google Map is Hilariously Wrong! It's best to ask a local where Arrow was located, after all, some of us have visited the plant when it was Operational. Arrow Dynamics Manufacturing Facility was Located in the Freeport Center in Building H-12. In the Google Map, Bldg H-12 is located in the bottom left of the photo. The Building is now Owned by Lifetime and is a Backyards Inc. Store.
I'm not sure if many people know that in the 80s and 90s Arrow actually Contracted out the Manufacturing of their Steel Roller Coaster Track and Support Column Components to Fabriweld, which was located next door to Arrow at the Freeport Center in Building G-11. Fabriweld also did a lot of work for Vekoma as well, including the Manufacturing of Deja Vu at SFMM. I'm not sure if the others were Manufactured by Fabriweld or Not. Fabriweld also did work for S&S Power in the 90s before Intermountain Lift in Springfield, Utah, took over the manufacturing until 2003.
In 1981 Huss, European makers of flat rides, had the opportunity to buy Arrow Development. The two companies merged and formed Arrow Huss. Here is their ride catalog. With the two companies merged they had quite an extensive product line.
A couple of rides are mentioned in the Arrow Huss History that never saw the light of day...the Space Chase and the Virginia Reel. I think they had an actual test section of track for the Virginia Reel. Unfortunately the Space Chase never made it further than the drawing board...it actually looks like it would have been a really cool ride.
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