There was also a news article I found on sdcfans.com:
A recent article in the Spokane Journal of Business profiled a newcomer to the business of roller coaster design and manufacturing: Rocky Mountain Coasters of Hayden, Idaho. Rocky Mountain has raised eyebrows recently with the completion of a massive re-build of Six Flag's Over Texas' Texas Giant wooden coaster using the company's revolutionary "Topper Track" technology that involves utilizing steel rails on a traditional wooden frame. The firm has gone on to apply their new track to several existing coasters with much success, but as the linked article explains, the firm has their sights set higher than simply refurbishing existing coasters. The company will apparently open their first coaster completely designed and built from the ground up right here at Silver Dollar City in 2013.
The article says nothing specifically about the Silver Dollar City coaster, but goes on to note more of Rocky Mountain's innovations, including a new train design the firm says will be "revolutionary for the industry." Furthermore, Rocky Mountain's combination of track and new trains will allow for their wooden-hybrid coasters to go upside down and perform maneuvers unheard of for wooden coasters heretofore.
The final detail the article gives in relation to the firm's 2013 projects is that they have a combined investment total of $12 million. With the other project being a refurbishment of Six Flag's Fiesta Texas' existing Rattler wooden coaster, the bulk of this total will obviously be going to Silver Dollar City. One would estimate that if the refurbishments to Six Flags' coaster are no more than a few million to replace their troublesome first drop, then $9-10 million would be spent on Silver Dollar City's new coaster, nearly what it cost to transform the Texas Giant into the hulking thrill machine it is after the Rocky Mountain make-over.
Further speculation will certainly revolve around how much of a thrill this new coaster will provide and whether or not it will include the new trains and inversions the firm is obviously eager to show off. One has to consider that Silver Dollar City and its parent company are usually more conservative with their ride choices, but anything seems to be possible at this point.
Trains looked great in person...hope they work. I wonder what happened to pushing trains in Dec...
Posted - 01/05/2013 : 3:57:08 PM I dunno if people have seen this but
Posted - 11/06/2012 : 12:13:30 PM
quote:Originally posted by GRIM.657
Now it will be a carefully calculated prefabricated uninteresting heartless piece of steel.
Actually you will be closer to the new one's heart.
Because you're riding at the heartline.
And... it's heartlined.
So technically your heart is riding through the ride's heart.
Posted - 11/06/2012 : 11:24:07 AM Haha I got my rage out a while ago. Now I'm just sad. I wish I had gone to ride it one last time.
All this being said, this new ride does look top-notch. These guys got style, that's for sure.
ps nice av btw --^
Posted - 11/06/2012 : 11:09:11 AM inb4 enthusiast rage
Posted - 11/06/2012 : 10:56:59 AM Are you being serious? I can't speak as much for Texas Giant having only been on it once, but rattler is/was anything but crap. That ride had soul. Now it will be a carefully calculated prefabricated uninteresting heartless piece of steel.
It's a tragedy that all these classic wooden rollercoasters have been 'revamped' recently. I don't see how one could see it as anything else.
Posted - 11/06/2012 : 10:27:35 AM
quote:Originally posted by GRIM.657
I've gotta say, I was pretty pissed at this company after I heard that Texas Giant and the Rattler were refurbished or whatever, but damn they're doing a good job redeeming themselves.
Posted - 11/06/2012 : 10:19:28 AM ^WHAT??? The Texas Giant and Rattler were absolute crap and now they are/will be amazing. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
Posted - 11/06/2012 : 01:16:31 AM
quote:Originally posted by mavman
The design for the trains has been released!
Oh my god, just a simple lapbar? On This? That's beautiful.
This has to be one of the most amazing things I've seen. Ever. I've gotta say, I was pretty pissed at this company after I heard that Texas Giant and the Rattler were refurbished or whatever, but damn they're doing a good job redeeming themselves.
Posted - 10/31/2012 : 2:48:21 PM
Also a very cool construction tour from coasterforce
Posted - 10/31/2012 : 2:45:42 PM
Preview of the full video that will be released Thursday!
Posted - 10/30/2012 : 10:53:01 AM Their style is so divine and perfect. I can't wait to ride this. Aiming for opening day... whenever it may be. I mustn't draw out this pain of waiting haha.
Posted - 10/29/2012 : 12:11:44 PM
This ride is unreal! I cant seem to find a single dull moment of this thing. And Despite the crazy elements, the shaping on this just looks so right. Very well done RMC!
Posted - 10/19/2012 : 3:49:55 PMclassy.
Posted - 10/19/2012 : 2:42:23 PM The design for the trains has been released!
Also here is a cool panoramic view of the double barrel roll!
Posted - 10/10/2012 : 02:03:48 AM I think if the rest of the ride provides good lats, airtime and feels out of control it'll be a good ride. If its a rubbish layout it'll feel gimmicky and be almost worse than a "ok" steel inverting coaster.
Posted - 10/09/2012 : 7:49:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by GerstlCrazy
I've officially decided I'm going here this May or whenever this ride has its opening weekend debut. I need to ride this. Cash is officially being earmarked for the near future.
why dont you do this.. buy a cheap pair of big sunglasses, remove the lenses and make a sort of "grid " out of toothpicks and glue it to the frames so that it goes where the lenses were then go to the nearest park with a an "ok" steel inverting coaster, put the glasses on and ride it .. you'll save tons of money and get pretty much the same effect.. LOL naw.. just kidding , i "get" why people think this is awesome.
Posted - 10/09/2012 : 12:07:02 PM I've officially decided I'm going here this May or whenever this ride has its opening weekend debut. I need to ride this. Cash is officially being earmarked for the near future.
Posted - 10/08/2012 : 7:40:54 PM
quote:Originally posted by mavman Image Insert:
lolwut? That hill looks to be among the best non-inverting coaster elements ever. I would trade my Pokemon White 2 for that.
Posted - 10/08/2012 : 6:52:15 PM wow. It's a little hard to believe that those kinds of elements were sculpted with wood