TR: SFSTL Opening Day 4-21-01

TR: SFSTL Opening Day 4-21-01

Post by Mik » Mon, 23 Apr 2001 12:05:59


Hi
      I just got home from my four hour drive from SFSTL.  I arrived at the
park around 9:45 to find minimal crowds which was good because I didn't want a
packed park after driving for four hours through severe storms.  I went and
bought my out of market season pass for the great rate of $41.99 and got in the
park.  I first went to find the Season Pass processing place but got side
tracked and hit Mr. Freeze.  

Mr. Freeze

I had a one train wait with one train running.  I am sorry I didn't see you Ron
or was that you that was up in the control tower sorry I couldn't see you it
was kinda dark.  Mr.  Freeze my first ever ride on it and it was a good coaster
but I
thought the launch would be more intense.  Other than that it was good.  I love
going through the tophat in reverse.  I was very surprised at how compact the
ride was.

 Next I went and got my pass processed a 10 minute wait.  

The Boss

Then I hit the Boss.  About a five minute wait with two trains running.  Where
is the third train?  I never saw it all day and they could of used it later in
the day.  I thought the Boss was a great rollercoaster.  The best at SFSTL.
Its still not my number one but very close.  I came back later in the day to
get one final ride on the Boss.  I had about a 30 minute wait but it was worth
it.  Man after this thing warms up it gets better and better.  The intensity
was great.  The airtime was great.  The laterals was great.  It has a good
mixture of everything.  Its tied for number two on my list with Shivering
Timbers.  I wish I could of rode the Boss at night.  That would be awesome.

Screamin Eagle

After that I went to the Screamin Eagle.  I saw Jim Wolgamuth.  It was nice to
meet you and I am sorry we couldn't  talk longer.  I rode the Eagle twice and I
think it could use a little retracking and some grease.  It still produced a
decent ride with some airtime.

River King Mine Train

After that I hit the River King Mine Train just to ride it again.  What a great
finale.  It has some good laterals and some kinda hurt with those unpadded
Arrow cars. All in all not bad for a five minute wait.

Ninja

Then I hit one of the longest waits of the day and get this it was for Ninja.
Well when we got there they were just taking the second train off for repairs
or low ridership.  I think it was low ridership well that took about 15 minutes
then I rode it.  Its an ok ride not as much headbanging as I remember but still
some.  The headchopper with the chain is the greatest part I think.  I thought
the Ninja has 3 trains but I only saw two in sight.  Where is the third train?

I skipped Batman because I've ridden it plenty of times plus the wait looked
pretty long.  I had a great day at the park.  I finally got rid of my winter
coaster DTs.  The season has started and everything is just warming up.  Please
excuse some of the errors if there is any because I drove over 8 hours total
today and well its been a long day if you know what I mean but its always worth
it for rollercoasters.

Mike
Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM, The Boss, Shivering Timbers
Favorite Steel: Magnum, Kumba

 
 
 

TR: SFSTL Opening Day 4-21-01

Post by WOLGAMUT » Mon, 23 Apr 2001 14:43:18

Hello Mike,
nice meeting you today. The Eagle warmed up nicely and by late afternoon/early
evening was little peppier than the early rides.
The new lap bars on the Boss make a big difference, so much so that I rode the
Boss and had no Boss bruises to show for it. I forgot all about the pain of the
old bars till Ron asked me what I thought about the new ones and then it dawned
on me that I had ridden the Boss pain-free.

Jim Wolgamuth

 
 
 

TR: SFSTL Opening Day 4-21-01

Post by NASHvlMI » Tue, 24 Apr 2001 02:45:15

damn, I can't wait for Spring Con rides on the Boss now.......

(the hell with the branson part, that's just filler)

-m

 
 
 

TR: SFSTL Opening Day 4-21-01

Post by Jeff Kin » Tue, 24 Apr 2001 11:53:05


Quote:
> damn, I can't wait for Spring Con rides on the Boss now.......

Well, Mike ( and to anyone else who cares ) you should be pleasantly
surprised by the improvements!  I went today to find a very empty park and
absolutely gorgeous weather.  I think that I rode the Boss about 8 or so
times today, and would have ridden more if it weren't for the L   O   N   G
haul down the exit side and back up the queue ramp!  Anyway, as has been
reported, the new bars are a definite improvement, but at least on this Y2K
CCI, much more seems to have been done.  Some random observations:

There are new support beams ( ala Thunder Run ) holding up the flat part of
the first drop, which is now riding *butah* smooth.  Mid season last year,
this part had an annoying bounce to it.  Not painful, just annoying :)

The track gauge on the lateral slammer following the double-down  is much
tighter now.  Gone (as of now) is the *** slam/bam/plop combo of last
year.  Toward the end of last season, it was very rideable, but there was
some major neck snapping.  Not so, at least for now.

I think (but wouldn't swear) that I saw new wood going into the first high
turn and second drop that follows.  Gone is the ***, painful bounce down
drop two!

So far, the "wheel seats" are just as smooth as the front seats.

What remains, however is a very much improved ride over last season!  It's a
wonderful thing that these track issues seem to have been addressed by
SFStL's Maintenance dept, and there doesn't appear to have been *any*
reprofiling.  Also, of course, with these improvements, I doubt that we'll
see any *** trim brakes added.  Obviously, at least for now, they wish to
keep the ride as is - FAST and intense.   Heck, even the trim on the C block
didn't seem as heavy.

Only time will tell, however.  Let's hope that it's not like last year,
smooth one day, rough the next.

Jeff "looking forward to night rides" King

 
 
 

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Post by LONNO » Tue, 24 Apr 2001 12:27:04

Quote:
>What remains, however is a very much improved ride over last season!  It's a
>wonderful thing that these track issues seem to have been addressed by
>SFStL's Maintenance dept, and there doesn't appear to have been *any*
>reprofiling.  Also, of course, with these improvements, I doubt that we'll
>see any *** trim brakes added.  Obviously, at least for now, they wish to
>keep the ride as is - FAST and intense.   Heck, even the trim on the C block
>didn't seem as heavy.
>Jeff "looking forward to night rides" King

Jeff (and whoever else was at SF St. Louis recently):
I was just wondering, how is my beloved Eagle doing?  Last year I thought things
were a bit rough as the days I went the train felt like it bounced all over the
track and there were even potholes on the lift.  I heard the coaster got a paint
job...but did it get any of the TLC this wonderful Allen coaster deserves?  I
cannot wait to get back on it and the Boss this season.  Thanks for the updates.

Adam

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TR: SFSTL Opening Day 4-21-01

Post by Jeff Kin » Tue, 24 Apr 2001 12:41:45


Quote:
> Jeff (and whoever else was at SF St. Louis recently):
> I was just wondering, how is my beloved Eagle doing?  Last year I thought
things
> were a bit rough as the days I went the train felt like it bounced all
over the
> track and there were even potholes on the lift.  I heard the coaster got a
paint
> job...but did it get any of the TLC this wonderful Allen coaster deserves?
I
> cannot wait to get back on it and the Boss this season.  Thanks for the

updates.

Adam,

I only took one ride on the Eagle today, but I did notice a few things:

The new paint wasn't that obvious to me.  Parts of it looked like a small
amount of white was sprayed onto the structure, but it doesn't look that
much different.   Definintely, the wooded portion of the ride hasn't
recieved any paint at all.

The lap bars *may* have been new.  If not, they were *very* clean :^)

I noticed a bit of new wood, but after only one ride, I can't remember exact
locations.  I believe that the first left turn has been re-capped, and if
I'm not mistaken, the drop out of that has too.

I rode in the last seat of the next to last car (obviously, a "wheel" seat)
and it wasn't too rough.  At the bottom of the first and third drops it was
a tad harsh, but not too bad.

Now that I think about it, the lift may have been fixed.  I don't recall
having the "ker-plunk, ker-plunk" experience today.

All in all, not a bad ride, and it appears that they are at least trying to
keep it running well.

Jeff