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The difficulties of relocating a roller coaster

  • May 14, 2012

The difficulties of relocating a roller coaster

When you're whipping around turns on a roller coaster, the last thing on your mind is the difficulty of moving a theme park ride over a long distance - but it can be quite difficult. An amusement park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, discovered the ups and downs of such a process the hard way.

After finding an idle coaster in a shuttered park in Missouri, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park decided to purchase it to use as a featured attraction in its own park, according to The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. From here, the task kept getting more and more complicated.

First, it had to be dismantled and packed so out of state movers could take it to Florida for safety tests, the news source stated. When considering the scale of this project - the ride stretches over 1,600 feet when assembled - it's easy to understand how involved this process was.

From Florida, the relocation movers took it to its ultimate destination in Colorado for installation - only to realize that there were no assembly instructions, according to the news source. Luckily they were able to track down Allan Litts, a ride refurbisher who happened to have a detailed book of photos of the assembled ride, which allowed them to get it up and running.


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