James Rao

Published: February 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I very much appreciate all the help I received on this article.

Brad Thomas, Lisa Rau, and Martha Bohner from Silver Dollar City were especially gracious with their time and information - especially considering I am just "some dude" from Independence, Missouri. One of the really nice things about SDC is the folks who work there go out of their way to support fans of the park - thank you.

Also, fellow TPI-er Derek Potter sent me tons of info on his first hand experiences with Son of Beast, which was very helpful. I look forward to more of his postings and insights on coasters in the very near future. Thank you, Derek.

On another note, I did receive one last tidbit of info from Mr. Thomas (SDC's GM) that did not arrive in time to be included in the article. This info was related to Outlaw Run's custom designed coaster trains:

"Rocky Mountain Construction's innovative and dynamic track required a specially designed train. RMC designed and created the train and Herschend Family Entertainment designer, Merrill Puckett Miller, designed the styling and theming to fit into the storyline of Outlaw Run."

So when you visit SDC this season to ride this brilliant new coaster, know that the trains on Outlaw Run are innovative and unique to SDC. Just one more reason to get fired up about coming to the best park west of Orlando and east of Anaheim!

TPI Meet Up in Branson on March 15th? Who's in? ;)

James Koehl

Published: February 10, 2013 at 8:10 AM

James (gotta love the name), that was a great article! Thanks for sharing it with us. Maybe someday I'll make the trip there.
Rob Pastor

Published: February 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

James: Great article. Very professional & informative. Seems like it will be an excellent ride experience. I've always preferred wood coasters.
Robert Niles

Published: February 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Thanks, James!
Anthony Murphy

Published: February 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Excellent Story! I would be very surprised if something like this doesn't make it to Six Flags Great America. They are very interested in having a large variety of coasters.
James Rao

Published: February 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Thanks, gang. Appreciate the kind words and support.

And Anthony, you're probably right. There are already two other "inverted woodies" headed our way (Iron Rattler at SF Fiesta Texas and Hades 360 at Mt. Olympus) this year. Sure, they are accomplishing their inversions through different methods, but if they are all successful (or mostly successful) I am sure you will see more of them in the future.

Park operators get a lot of bang for their buck with a wooden coaster, of that there is no doubt.