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!

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