1990 Arrow Dynamics announces the 'Pipeline Coaster'

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1990 Arrow Dynamics announces the 'Pipeline Coaster'

Postby montezooma » Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:51 pm

ARROWPipeline Coaster
Now here is a find. This bit of information comes from a newsletter that Arrow Dynamics used to publish for the industry. After the so-called success of the first suspended coaster Arrow Dynamics came up with this masterpiece, "The Pipeline Coaster"

I remember there was much interest for this ride. And every year at the IAAPA convention Arrow really tried to push the ride. They had the actual train on display for a couple of years.

I was one of the few lucky ones to be able to ride the prototype at the Arrow plant in Utah. I don't remember much about that ride except that there was not a lift. By way of a giant crane they lifted a section of track to the start position then released the train. It then went into a rollover and dove strait to the ground, then back up, at the top you were upside down in the hang position again until it hit another rollover which returned you rightside up again.

I remember it was a pretty smooth so I guess they got the heartline engineering somewhat right, but it was uncomfortable when the trains rolled over and you just hung from the restraints until gravity held you to your seat as you came to the bottom of the drop.

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Here's a POV of the Arrow Pipeline from Coastertube.

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According to COASTER-net, Morey's Piers in Wildwood was going to get one, too.
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Arrow now introduces the next generation in coaster technology with the Pipeline.
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Here you can see where the train has just come off the start platform and begins its complete roll over to the upside down position before it dives to the ground.
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Hang Time, the sensation was similar to that funky dive loop on the Manhattan Express, I mean "the Roller Coaster at New York, New York".
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Here the train dives straight down to the ground. This whole element looks like the B&M Pretzel loop on their flying coasters.
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Postby astroworldfan1 » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:02 pm

Wow! That's cool Shane, you're good at finding these things! It kinda resembles Viper that was a SF Great Adventure!

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Postby Acero » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:05 pm

This is really interesting. Appears quite fun too.
You sure do have a library of these rollercoaster related tid-bits (the ads, Opryland, this, there's others too).
The coaster in the picture I'm assuming is the prototype at a factory?
Well, it's too bad not many of these were built. They don't look painful at least, maybe not offering the most amazing thrill, but they certainly look like they could have packed a punch.
Looks like this is where the pipeline coaster for RCT comes from.
And didn't INTAMIN offer their own version of this ride too?

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Postby hyyyper » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:07 pm

this type never went into production did it?

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Postby montezooma » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:08 pm

^ well I guess the roll-over element was kind of like Viper's but the ride was actually more like Ultra Twister, in that the track and the wheels of the vehicle were about where your shoulders would be and the train rode in between the rails.

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Postby AllenA07 » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:08 pm

That is a great find! It's sad that ride never made any kind of appearance in a park, but that's how it goes.

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Postby Acero » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:09 pm

Do you know exactly why interest in the ride diminshed? Costs?

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Postby Team Thriller » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:16 pm


Same here. I wonder why they took down a perfectly good coaster, unless it wasn't good, and it was a piece of junk, then it wouln't be a good coaster! But still...
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Anyways, why did they take it down!

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Postby asr » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:18 pm

Arrow never quite got it to work right, and the trains were too heavy. They continued to tweak it, and majorly decreased the weight, but went bankrupt before they could sell one.

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Postby Homer » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:26 pm

hyyyper wrote:this type never went into production did it?

It did.

Arrow built a few prototypes at their Utah facility.

Alton Towers in the early 1990's attempted twice to build Arrow's Pipeline. SW1 and SW2 were the code names. IIRC, SW1 was shot down due to money or the Alton locals, SW2 because of Nemesis. The second time around was partially built though.

Another great retro scan, montezooma! I love reading your stuff.
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