Buh Bye Space Spiral

Buh Bye Space Spiral

Post by BaSSiStiS » Fri, 14 Sep 2012 03:11:12


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxN617fZn0A

That was...pretty f'in neat.

 
 
 

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Post by ldnayma » Fri, 14 Sep 2012 05:23:05

That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

 
 
 

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Post by skiguy77 » Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:34:18

Quote:

> That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

> Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

Yeah, that was cool.    Out with the old, in with the new.   Now they can build a 500 foot Intamin drop tower, call it Terminal Velocity or Free Falling.  

 
 
 

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Post by Surf Dance Chri » Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:44:51


Quote:

> > That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

> > Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

> Yeah, that was cool. ? ?Out with the old, in with the new. ? Now they can build a 500 foot Intamin drop tower, call it Terminal Velocity or Free Falling.

Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy observation tower rides a lot.
We've lost a bunch recently. Astroland, Geauga Lake, now Cedar Point.
I'm glad Legoland kept theirs.
 
 
 

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Post by NightGoa » Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:45:01

Quote:



> > > That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

> > > Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

> > Yeah, that was cool. ? ?Out with the old, in with the new. ? Now they can build a 500 foot Intamin drop tower, call it Terminal Velocity or Free Falling.

> Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy observation tower rides a lot.

> We've lost a bunch recently. Astroland, Geauga Lake, now Cedar Point.

> I'm glad Legoland kept theirs.

Watch Six Flags Great America's be next. That thing just doesn't get ridden. Unless that's only the days I'm there for some strange reason...
 
 
 

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Post by ldnayma » Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:33:13


Quote:

> Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy observation tower rides a lot.
> We've lost a bunch recently. Astroland, Geauga Lake, now Cedar Point.
> I'm glad Legoland kept theirs.

I'm pretty sure the Astrotower is still standing. Maybe it will be
refurbished at some point?
 
 
 

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Post by Surf Dance Chri » Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:00:40


Quote:

> > Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy observation tower rides a lot.
> > We've lost a bunch recently. Astroland, Geauga Lake, now Cedar Point.
> > I'm glad Legoland kept theirs.

> I'm pretty sure the Astrotower is still standing. Maybe it will be
> refurbished at some point?

Yes, it is still standing. And I hope so!
 
 
 

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Post by Rik » Sat, 15 Sep 2012 02:48:11

Quote:
> Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy observation tower rides a lot.
> We've lost a bunch recently. Astroland, Geauga Lake, now Cedar Point.
> I'm glad Legoland kept theirs.

I was relieved when Knott's Sky Cabin was saved from obliteration.
Windseeker wasn't really a 1:1 replacement.

Rik

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Althoff J » Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:21:03

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> That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

> Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

To answer your question, it was a Von Roll tower, which makes it similar
to the Astrotower, and not similar to the Kissing Tower.

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Post by ldnayma » Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:30:24



Quote:

> > That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

> > Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

> To answer your question, it was a Von Roll tower, which makes it similar
> to the Astrotower, and not similar to the Kissing Tower.

This begs the question:

What is the difference?

 
 
 

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Post by markscottr.. » Thu, 20 Sep 2012 05:33:10

Quote:




> > > That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

> > > Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

> > To answer your question, it was a Von Roll tower, which makes it similar

> > to the Astrotower, and not similar to the Kissing Tower.

> This begs the question:

> What is the difference?

Really just a different version of the same thing.  Identical models to Space Spiral still operate at La Ronde in Montreal and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St Paul among a few other spots (all with two level cabins along with the spiraling entrance/exit ramps like Space Spiral had).
 
 
 

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Post by Mike Parke » Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:30:45


Quote:




>>>> That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

>>>> Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

>>> To answer your question, it was a Von Roll tower, which makes it similar

>>> to the Astrotower, and not similar to the Kissing Tower.

>> This begs the question:

>> What is the difference?

> Really just a different version of the same thing.

Identical models to Space Spiral still operate at La Ronde

in Montreal and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St Paul
among a few other spots (all with two level cabins along with

the spiraling entrance/exit ramps like Space Spiral had).

well, the ride at LaRonde was manufactured by Willy Buhler LTC, not
sure if it was sold by Intamin or not, never heard of them before.
Most of the single level cabin Observation Towers were manufactured by
Waagner Biro and sold though Intamin.

 
 
 

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Post by markscottr.. » Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:19:01

Quote:






> >>>> That was badass. I like when stuff falls and goes BOOM!

> >>>> Was that like Coney's astrotower or the Kissing tower?

> >>> To answer your question, it was a Von Roll tower, which makes it similar

> >>> to the Astrotower, and not similar to the Kissing Tower.

> >> This begs the question:

> >> What is the difference?

> > Really just a different version of the same thing.

> Identical models to Space Spiral still operate at La Ronde

> in Montreal and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St Paul

> among a few other spots (all with two level cabins along with

> the spiraling entrance/exit ramps like Space Spiral had).

> well, the ride at LaRonde was manufactured by Willy Buhler LTC, not

> sure if it was sold by Intamin or not, never heard of them before.

> Most of the single level cabin Observation Towers were manufactured by

> Waagner Biro and sold though Intamin.

If history has taught me correctly, odds are Biro was made up of disgruntled employees who left Buhler.  Because no one spoke a word of English, they turned to Intamin to move product in North America.
 
 
 

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Post by krru.. » Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:58:10

Quote:

> If history has taught me correctly, odds are Biro was made up of disgruntled employees who left Buhler.  Because no one spoke a word of English, they turned to Intamin to move product in North America.

No, history has fooled you.  Waagner Biro is and was a huge manufacturing co.  

http://www.waagner-biro.com/de

I have never been there, but I worked with some guys in the ski industry that have.  They were telling stories of like huge sections of major suspension bridges in the yard and stuff.  Waagner did some cable drawn transportation stuff for a while as well.  

Intamin was just an export company at the beginning.  Coasters by Schwarzkopf, cable drawn stuff by Von Roll, and tower stuff by Waagner Biro.  Lots of flats by various small European manufacturers.  As they grew, they started pulling some of the design work in house, and using subs for manufacturing.  

 
 
 

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Post by GodsOnSafar » Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:14:57

Quote:
> well, the ride at LaRonde was manufactured by Willy Buhler LTC, not

> sure if it was sold by Intamin or not, never heard of them before.

> Most of the single level cabin Observation Towers were manufactured by

> Waagner Biro and sold though Intamin.

Creative googling tells me Buhler was responsible for Astrotower at Coney Island also. Oklahoma State Fair has another one, though it hasn't operated since the 2009 state fair, but still stands. The Rotterdamn Euromast has yet another that was plunked on top. More googling says Von Roll bought the company, possibly in 1975. I don't see any association with Waagner Biro.