Update from Sunbury

By , December 14, 2016
Tim Garnier

Time for a bit of an update on what has been going on in Sunbury! We’ve been hard at work on trains for the entirety of my internship, and the pace of our work has only been picking up. With 4 new rides and a few other trains to build, this is the most we have ever done in a year.

Continuing from where I left off, last month I was sent to deliver the InvadR banisters to Busch Gardens so they could get them ready for the big reveal at IAAPA. The banisters, along with the seats and bodies, are all new parts, while the chassis themselves are from Gwazi in Tampa. They are in great shape, and Williamsburg has done a great job theming them for InvadR. It was such a good experience to be able to walk the job site and see the installation of some of the supports I had fabricated. The ride is really taking shape nicely.

Busch Banister

Meanwhile at Kings Island, work is about to begin on the ride buildings. This is exciting for me because I helped determine the amount of lumber and hardware that we sent to the job site. It will definitely be surreal walking into the station after so many hours of studying its plans and counting its pieces.

A few weeks ago, we finished work on the third GhostRider train and got it safely shipped off to California. We began work on that train around the time I started at GCI, so it was very satisfying to see it finally make its way to the park. I hope I can get out to Knott’s and ride it sometime soon!

Since then, we’ve been working on parts inspections for the two jobs in China, and last week we began building those trains. In only a few days, we were able to install all of the hardware on the underside of one train and flip the chassis rightside-up to get ready to work on the bodies. With only about a week left in my internship, I definitely won’t see these trains finished, but I am glad to be a part of the process. Until next time!


By , October 25, 2016
Tim Garnier

I’m Tim Garnier and I’ve been working in the Sunbury office since August. I am currently a junior at Virginia Tech studying mechanical engineering. Like almost every intern coming through GCI, I’ve been passionate about the industry, and especially roller coasters, for as long as I remember. I interviewed with GCI at the FREDx event this past summer and they needed help right away, so of course I said yes. I have already learned so much by working here, and I look forward to more!

It’s only been two months, but I feel like I’ve already gotten to do a little bit of everything here at the shop, and even some on the road. I started out working on steel fabrication for InvadR’s supports. I got to use many different machines and processes to create parts that make up the ride’s bents. I was mostly working on supports for the ride’s far turnaround, and now I believe the rest of the steel for the structure is almost complete. I grew up going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg with my family, so it’s incredible to get to be a part of their newest ride.

Working on trains has been very interesting for us, especially since all of the current Sunbury interns are studying mechanical engineering. Our trains are really quite intricate and beautiful in their design. We recently installed the lapbars for GhostRider’s third train, which is coming together and starting to actually look like Millennium Flyers.

Occasionally we do some driving for work, usually just to our local vendors to pick up or drop off parts, but sometimes we get to go much farther. Last week we traveled to Hersheypark to deal with some parts, and a few weeks ago we even made a stop at Busch Gardens for a delivery! It was definitely interesting to get a look at a side of those parks that most people don’t get to see.

More recently I’ve done some work in AutoCAD and Inventor, checking lumber and hardware counts for the Kings Island buildings. No, I don’t know what’s in The Shed. Really, I don’t. But I do know how big the shed is and how much material we’ll need to build it!

That’s all from me for now. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more on what’s happening at the GCI office in Sunbury!

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