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 Review of Cyclone @ Astroland
-2 Rating Posted by: TPChampion on 9/5/2001 5:28:00 PM
This coaster started it all!

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xDisney on 9/9/2001 11:22:52 AM said:
Actually the coaster that started it all was the Switchback Railway built in1884 at Coney Island by Lamarcus Anda Thompson based on an 1878 patent by Richard Knudson of Brooklyn. The first coaster named "Cyclone" that I know of was built at Excelsior Amusement Park in MN in May of 1925 by John A. Miller . The Cyclone didnt open until 6-26-27. In my estimation there were probably over 100 coasters built prior to 1927. I think its a shame that in a city the size of NYC only one coaster survives today.
TPChampion on 9/9/2001 5:28:24 PM said:
When you think of the mother of all coasters, you think of the Cyclone. This is the one which all others are compared to. BTW, who remembers the Switchback Railway except some Coaster Historians? Thought so.
xDisney on 9/9/2001 8:28:33 PM said:
The Cyclone is definately a great coaster with a lot of history and a lot of fans. My Father and Grandfather grew up in Brooklyn and rode the Cyclone many times. There are a lot of sites out there that give alot of history if you are interested in that kind of stuff. Coney Island used to be a nice place with a lot of great rides.
Alfungus on 9/9/2001 8:51:13 PM said:
I heard of this old coaster that was really just an abandoned mine run, and it was sent down a 17 mile track, topping 100 mph as it went.
NYCTom on 9/30/2001 10:22:11 PM said:
It wasnt the first coaster they are right about that....the first one i believe was in France.....but its still runnin so it is the oldest one running and its a phenomenal coaster....its simply a classic
Sephiroth7 on 11/20/2001 5:53:19 AM said:
The Cyclone DID NOT start it all. Sure it is old, but there were a lot of good coasters in the same time that arent around today. You can say it is the most "classic" coaster in the world, but it is not the coaster that started it all...but hey it is still the God of all woodies...
Cyclonic on 7/25/2002 9:55:45 PM said:
Alfungus-You heard right. It was the Mauch Chuck Railway, and is considered by many to be the first modern rollercoaster. It was located just above Jim Thorpe (then called Mauch Chuck), PA. It started as a mine train that was run on a gravity system, the train would be hauled to the top of the mountain, loaded up, then let go down the mountain. In the 1870s it became the biggest tourest attraction outside Niagra Falls, people would pay a buck to take the 18 mile ride down the mountain, with speeds up to 60 MPH. It closed down in the 1930s. Cerently they are trying to rebuild it, so cross your fingers, it will be cool if it happens.


Cyclonic on 7/25/2002 9:58:30 PM said:
NYCTom-The oldest coaster is Leap The Dips at Lakemont Park, in Altoona, PA. It turns 100 this year. It is actually not a bad ride, no Cyclone, but fun.
DmctNY8 on 7/25/2002 10:02:30 PM said:
I do think more detail should be put into reviews then what we see here. As I find short reviews like this that I wrote I am starting to go in and rewrite them with more detail.
Cyclonic on 7/26/2002 6:23:06 PM said:
That is why you should rate the reviews if they are good or bad. It will give the reviewer an idea of how his reviews are received. I try to give as much detail as I can in my reviews, I am glad to see there are others that feel the same way.
HowieP on 6/20/2007 11:41:07 AM said:
I guess what he meant by "started it all" is it set the standard for coasters today.
Hercules on 6/20/2007 10:01:21 PM said:
Wow. I actually enjoyed reading these comments from back in the day when this site was civil and there werent morons on it. Amazing...
HowieP on 6/24/2007 7:18:34 PM said:
My sentiments exactly, Hercules.
adriahna on 6/26/2007 10:16:50 AM said:
Yeah... it was something different, back then - but lets just say that at least one person involved in this conversation was FAMOUS for starting up some HEATED arguments in the FoN... then, of course, known as the Rants & Raves...
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