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 Review of Cyclone @ Six Flags New England
0 Rating Posted by: Cairn on 3/22/2004 10:09:00 PM
While the Riverside Cyclone has had a bit of a makeover in the Six Flags era, it still is a good wooden roller coaster with an interesting course. While the original drop was a heart attack thriller, from what I have heard is that the forces generated by the trains traveling down that hill were putting alot of strain on the structure, rendering alot of wood replacement nesseccary. Therefore a reprofiling was needed. What would improve this ride would be to replace the existing train cars with classic NAD "Century Flyer" models. Can you imagine a ride on the Cyclone then?

Review Comments

praxis on 4/7/2004 9:51:09 PM said:
I cant... because Ive no idea what these "century flyer" cars are. Do tell. I know theys HAVE to be more comfy that the Cyclones current jagged edged models.
adriahna on 4/7/2004 11:38:54 PM said:
Oh, Praxis - the Century Flyer has to be one of the coolest coaster trains ever designed! They were made by the National Amusement Device (NAD for short), and they are still in use on a few coasters. Just think 1950s, and youll get a good idea. Chrome all over the place, some even have working headlights, and seriously padded, bench-like seats. Very cool. Look it up on the net sometime - youll find some great photos of them.
Cairn on 4/26/2004 12:23:07 AM said:
Adriahma gave the perfect description of Century Flyers...working headlights and all! The best part of them is that they were heavy and tracked very well. As for comfort, they were quite comfortable, still holding you in safely but allowing more air-time. Coasters still running these types of trains are Kennywoods Thunderbolt in Pennsylvania, and the Big Dipper in West Virginias Camden Park.
bumprnugit on 8/9/2004 10:22:48 PM said:
NAD Century Flyers are great, but they would NEVER work on this coaster; way too heavy. The Cyclone ran Morgan (fiberglass body) trains for years, and as much as I used to visit Riverside, there was never a significant or noticable amount of wood or track replaced at the first drop. Perhaps changing back to PTC trains precipitated the first drop reprofile, but I think there are more sinister forces at work here (666 Flags.)
adriahna on 8/9/2004 11:38:05 PM said:
666 Flags - thats great!!! And Cairn, have you seen the great NAD trains on Rye Playlands kiddie coaster? Theyre incredible!!!
sfo1 on 8/11/2004 11:23:31 PM said:
Also, Big Dipper at GL has NAD flyers.
adriahna on 8/12/2004 9:02:38 AM said:
Very cool.
Cairn on 1/28/2005 7:35:00 PM said:
666 Flags!!! That is way too funny! Almost as good as "Traction" Park being described for Action Park. Adriahna, I have never been to Ryes Playland, but in one of the coaster books I have there is a photo of the kiddie coasters Century Flyers. They are really neat. I would love to see more of these trains restored and put back into service....if any are still around that are not in use.
BobFunland on 1/28/2005 7:49:17 PM said:
For those who asked, here is a NAD Century Flyer train, featured on the Camden Park Big Dipper. I also think that they are cool looking coaster trains! :thumbsup:
Cairn on 1/29/2005 7:13:10 PM said:
Great photo! Century Flyers are awsome! The riders on that train look like a thrilled little bunch....can you see them almost bursting with excitement? LOL!!!
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