- From: David Sandborg <sanddave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 19:05:23 -0400
No, not the Arrow concept they never could bring to market, but rather a
coaster named Pipeline Coaster in Peterborough, Ontario.
We happened to be in Canada, and I was intrigued by this potential
credit. It was similar to the "plastic coaster" that Dave Althoff had
ridden at Putt'n'Pond. My vague hopes of getting a plastic coaster
credit to go along with wood, steel, and stone (Monte Igueldo) were
dashed though when I found the rails were in fact made of steel (I think
the Putt'n'Pond original may in fact have been plastic).
Nevertheless it was quite a fun little ride. $8 Canadian gets three
rides. The main difficulty in this is simply that riders are not
allowed to ride the lift, but must climb up about 50 feet of stairs to
get to the loading platform--and naturally one must do this three times.
Moreover the park seems short of operators, and they had to call a pair
over--one on the load platform and one on the unload--before we could
ride. The loading operator had to climb the stairs up with us. At
least everybody was friendly about it.
The reason for the stair climb is that the coaster doesn't run full
trains, or anything even close to them. Instead, riders sit on an
individual sled-like car (the one definitely plastic component of the
ride). I guess the weight of a rider would be too much for the friction
Stair climb aside, it's a pretty fun ride. The layout is a simple oval
with a few hills and corresponding turns. There's actually a bit of
airtime to be had. The main thrill, though, may just be feeling so
close to the track while zipping around the course. It's certainly not
spectacular by any stretch of the imagination but I'm kind of glad I
rode it, in spite of having driven quite far out of our way.
There's not much else to the park. Go-Karts, mini-golf, pretty much the
usual FEC fare, in a pretty ugly package. If you're not going for the
coaster, I don't see much reason to go. In fact, I doubt I'd ever need
to go back. But it's a kind of cute credit to have under my belt.
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