By , April 24, 2007
Adam House

This past weekend, Chris, Dan, and I got the chance to head down to HersheyPark. It was the first time since I had been down to test ride the Wildcat. It was a great chance to check out the entire park as well as get the reaction from riders on the new trains for the Wildcat. One of the greatest parts about visiting during operation was that I could see all of the happiness and comfort that all of our hard work had gone to on building the Wildcat trains. We heard such reactions as it is more re-ridable to it is now more enjoyable. It is awesome to see how all of our work goes to making people happy and making rides fun and enjoyable. I would like to extend a special thanks to HersheyPark for giving us the chance to visit and enjoy the park.

By , April 16, 2007
Adam House

GCI Goes to Dollywood! (New Photos)
This past weekend, the crew at GCI had the opportunity to travel to Dollywood to experience the thrills and excitement that the park had to offer. The day called for 100% chance of rain, but we lucked out and it really didn’t rain till the afternoon, which ended up working out really good for us anyway. We got to experience the classic GCI Thuinderhead as well as ride the new Mystery Mine.

Thunderhead was running some of the fastest times it had ever run because of the rain. The track and trains got soaked from the storm, so by the time the ride opened up, almost everyone had left the park and Thunderhead was flying. Without a doubt, Thunderhead has it all, speed, acceleration, and crazy changes in g-forces. One of the neatest things for me was that I got to see a set of trains that had been running for three seasons now as opposed to the brand new trains that are coming out of the shop and going to our new installments.

We also got the chance to ride the new roller coaster Mystery Mine. This is such a fun ride and the theming is absolutely amazing. Dollywood has done it again by adding another hit to its arsenal. I would like to extend a special thanks to Dollywood for giving us the opportunity to come down and enjoy the park.

By , March 22, 2007
Adam House

Well, as many of you may have already seen or heard, the Hershey Wildcat has successfully completed its curcuit and today Evan and I went to the park to help break in the new trains. The first train underwent testing Wednesday and early Thursday, while the second train was being tested late in the day on Thursday. In addition to recieving new trains, there are certain spots on the Wildcat that recieved retrack during the offseason. One part being the flat turn under the lift hill that flies past the front of the station.

With the new trains and new layers of lumber, these areas of the ride are very smooth. Even after 15 rides, I could definately tell that the ride was more enjoyable and had a higher re-ridership. I mean the fact that I could ride it 15 times in a row should say a lot. It is really amazing to look at the trains and ride them and say,”I built that.” It really gives a great sense of satisfation and lets you know that all the hard work and long days really paid off. More than anything it is amazing to think that something I built will bring millions of people thrills and happiness for years to come.

By , March 13, 2007
Adam House

With the new week, there is a lot of action around the GCI office. We have a huge container coming to the office for pallets going to Toverland, the Wildcat trains will be shipped out this week, and assembly on the Valleyfair trains are in full swing. With more experience now, we have really been able to take off and knock out a lot of the assembly on the 12 Valleyfair cars that we do have. This week should end up being very productive with hopes of Wildcat trains set and ready to roll and all 24 Valleyfair cars in the shop and at the same stage of assembly. Stay turned for photos and progress reports along the way.

By , March 5, 2007
Adam House

As Evan stated, the two Wildcat trains are finally finished. It is the most amazing feeling having these trains finished. It has taken a lot of work and there have been several stressful days, but seeing the finished product and where all our work has gone is quite amazing and rewarding. To stand back and look at something that you have built and assembled is really something spectacular. I found myself gazing at the finished trains and thinking,”These trains that I helped to construct will bring millions of people excitement and fun for several years to come.” That is quite a feeling.

By , February 26, 2007
Adam House

Progress at Great Coasters is really starting to come along. After a long weekend, almost all lapbars are on the cars and running boards are slowly being added. Adding the lap bars and lap bar systems does require a lot of work, but with a crew of four, we seem to be making a lot of progress rather quickly. Within the next few weeks, the trains at the GCI office will be ready for shipment to HersheyPark. Check back soon for photos of the progress we are making.

By , February 22, 2007
Adam House

Great news from Great Coasters. Only two more large additions and the Hershey Wildcat trains will be finished. After another hard day at work, we managed to add nerf bars and “remain seated” signs. With those things being finished, we are left to add the lapbars and the running boards Those are the only two large things left, and the Wildcat trains will be ready to roll.

By , February 20, 2007
Adam House

Well, in case you haven’t looked at the new pictures, a lot has been going on in the GCI office. On Monday, Chris and myself test fit all running boards to all the Wildcat chassis and drilled them so that they will be ready to be added at their appropriate time. We also managed to add road wheels and their appropriate weldments to all chassis. As of Monday, all 24 Wildcat chassis were ready to be “built up.”

Tuesday, we began making the chassis look like roller coaster trains. In the course of one day, we added seat sides, seat backs, and seat cushions. Please see the pictures tab to see this progress. Chris told us that this is the fastest these parts have ever been assembled. One of the best parts about adding these parts is that we can finally see the progress being made and we can see where all of our hard work is going. It really is a great feeling seeing these chassis become what everyone sees as roller coaster trains. One really cool thing about the new additions is that we can now sit in the trains and think about how awesome it will be when these new trains are running on the Wildcat.

By , February 9, 2007
Adam House

Well, it is official. We now have all of the chassis for the Wildcat at HersheyPark in the GCI shop. Progress is continuing very rapidly and almost all of the chassis are flipped right side up. We are very tight on space in the shop as you could imagine. The good news is that we are getting things assembled much quicker than planned and very soon we should have something that resembles a GCII roller coaster train.

By , January 29, 2007
Adam House

Big News: The chassis are in and construction on the trains is now in full swing. We have already made a lot of progress on the chassis. We receive chassis upside down to make our lives easier during the assemble process. We have to do several things before they can be flipped and I can say that we have already made so much progress that the chassis that we do have will be flipped soon. As of right now though, the trains don’t really look like the GCI trains that everyone can recognize. There are many different things that must be added first before the seats and benches are added and people can recognize the trains.

The big story today at GCI was that we had the camera crew from Extreme Engineering come in and film some segments from their show. They came in to find out exactly how GCI trains are constructed and learn exactly how GCI builds roller coasters. Jeff Pike, GCI’s head engineer came into town for the occasion. He and Chris Gray spent the day showing the host different simulations on the computer and showing different stages in the train assembly process. Keep your eyes peeled in July for the show to air.

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