Posts tagged: Six Flags St. Louis

By , September 22, 2008
Evan Souliere

Time for some more updates.

For starters, Adam, Joe, and I headed to Missouri last weekend for a trip that’s worth noting (at least briefly). We headed to Six Flags St. Louis on Friday for some official business on Evel Knievel, and ended up taking a couple rides (Adam and my first time on it!). What a ride! I’m proud to have worked on it.

Saturday morning, we took advantage of ACE’s Daredevil Daze ERT on Evel Knievel before making the trek to Branson for Silver Dollar City and Celebration City. A huge thank you goes to Gina and to the crew on the OzCat for putting up with us! The OzCat lived up to its hype; I quickly found my favorite seat as the front right. Because of the threat of weather, we were the only people on the ride for a good portion of the night, so we had a blast.

Saturday night, we made the drive back to St. Louis with the intention of finishing Six Flags on Sunday and then enjoying Holiday World on our way back to Kentucky. The weather had different plans and forced both parks to close. So I guess that’s two parks I need to revisit soon.

Meanwhile, on the work front, I posted some more photos from Germany a few days ago. Work is coming along great there! I know for folks in the US, it’s hard to get excited about Forellenhof’s new ride, but it will certainly be a ride (and a park) worth visiting. The ride’s surroundings alone make it fun to watch going up.

The better-hyped GCI coaster in the US right now, though, is Prowler, of course. Worlds of Fun posted some great photos of site preparation recently (which I’m sure is not news to most people), and I’ll certainly do the same as soon as I can. Concrete pouring is already beginning tomorrow, so we’re all happy about that. Having worked heavily (an understatement) on the foundation plans, I am particularly excited.

I guess that’s it for this year’s projects for now. Meanwhile, the new website is still coming along. I’ve set a launch date of November 1 that I fully intend for us to hit, so look out for that. I promise that you will be pleased with the upgrade. (Keep the photo submissions coming, too!

Thanks for reading. I hope everyone enjoys the Halloween season at all of the parks!

By , July 7, 2008
Scott Sargent

As Evan promised, I am finally posting on the blog! Here is an update on what I have done so far:

I started here at the Cincinnati office about two months ago to help while Evan was back a school. From what I have heard, my first days in the office were very similar to his. I started by studying the Renegade manual and then I was quizzed by Jeff. At first, I was totally overwhelmed by all of the new roller coaster terminology and methodology that I encountered in the manual. I spent my first three or four days mostly just absorbing information.

By my second week, I was busy putting finishing touches on some of the Evel Knievel drawings in AutoCAD. It was mostly cosmetic work, but it helped me build a basic understanding of how to use AutoCAD, and more importantly, it introduced me to the kind of work that Great Coasters does (at least in the Cincinnati office).

This post is getting long, so I will continue my ramblings in the next post. I will say though, that in the last two months, I have learned more than I thought my mind could retain and that the longer I am here, the more I realize I have to learn about roller coasters and the design process.
I am loving every minute of it, and I will post again soon!

By , April 30, 2008
Evan Souliere

With Six Flags St. Louis open, there have been some great photos popping up on fansites. It should be no surprise, then, that I report that all of the structure is standing and our crew is working hard on tracking and the mechanical systems.

We have bugged our guys on site for some up-close photos of what is going on, so I’ll post those as soon as we get them.

On another end of the project, trains are progressing nicely in our PA office, with many of the coaches nearing completion.

Meanwhile, I’m feeling better now that “coaster season” has begun. I’ve already visited King’s Island twice (I had never been before) to check out their collection. I couldn’t believe how massive Son of Beast is; photos don’t do it justice. I think there is more wood in that lift hill than any of our entire rides. I’m looking forward to visiting the other parks in the area.

Speaking of which, if you’re in the Bowling Green area Memorial Day weekend, be sure to join us for RumbleFest. It’s going to be a great time.

By , April 2, 2008
Evan Souliere

Good news! All of Evel Knievel is standing, except for about 20 bents purposely left out for access to the rest of the structure. Those bents are built and waiting for standing. In the meantime, we have crews working hard on tracking and the mechanical systems of the ride. As we begin to finish our repair jobs during this off-season, you’ll see a lot happen very quickly on Evel Knievel.

There are some updated photos of how great the coaster is coming along on the Photos page.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working hard on our 3D Coaster Rendering program to make it easier for us to make 3D views and to make the rides significantly more realistic for promotions. Perhaps I’ll be able to post some samples soon.

That’s it for now. I’ll post additional progress as it comes.

By , March 18, 2008
Evan Souliere

Since I last posted, the days have become a little easier at the Great Coasters office. All of the work (on our end) for the repair jobs we’ve been doing is done, and the majority of Evel Knievel’s drawings and details are done, as well.

I’ve been keeping busy lately with improving our program that draws the 3D coasters you often see released with announcements. Hopefully, you may notice some of the changes, though a lot of them are simply to help us on this end.

So, really, there isn’t too much for me to report (other than the photos I’ve been posting). As we get closer to Evel Knievel’s opening and as we get started with California’s Great America’s new ride, perhaps my posts will have a little more to them.

By , February 6, 2008
Evan Souliere

I figured it was time for another update.

As you’ve probably noticed through the posted photos, Six Flags St. Louis got a bit of snow last week, but it hasn’t slowed our crew down. Work is progressing nicely and construction of the most difficult bents is going on now. These bents have to incorporate lift hill track high off the ground, the transfer building (making it impossible to bring two posts directly to the ground), and another track running alongside. Add the batters for lateral support and these bents are pretty complicated; it will be cool to see these stood up.

As far as my work goes, I’ve been working on some of our repair jobs – primarily Lake Compounce and Wild Adventures. It is really interesting to work on determining the as-built conditions and fitting our repairs in with them. The goal is to make the work for our guys in the field as straightforward as possible.

I suppose that’s about it. If anyone knows of anything fun to do on weekends in the Cincinnati area, let me know.

By , January 15, 2008
Evan Souliere

Things are busier in the Great Coasters office than most people probably think. Sure we’re building just one new ride this year and are still preparing for one next year, but we’ve also taken on a lot of rehab work at various parks.

A notable project we’re working on is Boulder Dash (for the second year in a row). We’re retracking some key points, as well as improving the structure in some places. I think the changes will be appreciated.

With all the new rides to get excited about during every offseason, I’ve never considered the amount of rehab work that goes on at various parks. It certainly didn’t take me long to figure it out, though, as we are working hard to properly balance the work going on at all of our sites.

Other things that have been keeping me busy include working on both structural and mechanical drawings for Evel Knievel and helping to determine sound levels around Great America’s new coaster.

I’ll post photos of Evel Knievel to the site as soon as we get them from the field. The highest point of the ride is constructed, so everything’s downhill from here (lame pun intended).

By , January 7, 2008
Evan Souliere

And so it begins.

I started in the Cincinnati office today, more-or-less picking up where Adam left off (his last day was this past Friday). My first task was to study the Renegade manual to familiarize myself with all aspects of our rides. (Needless to say, I was able to skip the sections on the trains.) Jeff quizzed me afterward just to make sure I read enough. I passed.

I then got right into working on some more useful things. Around the office (and, by that, I mean the three of us in there), work is revolving around Evel Knievel and Great America’s 2009 project, so it was interesting to see what stage each is in.

Already I am starting to see how different this job will be compared to last year when Adam and I began. On my first day last year, I was constructing gear hub assemblies for the lapbar release mechanisms on the trains and today I was at a desk with AutoCAD and Excel open on my computer. I’ve also yet to find a can of grease in the office, so maybe I’ll save some money on laundry this time around.

Stay tuned. Even though I won’t exactly be updating with the progress of the trains (which I know kept people coming back for more), I’ll find a way to make sure this blog continues to entertain.

By , December 4, 2007
Adam House

As most of you have seen from the photo update on our site from this weekend, Evel Kinevel has finally gone vertical! We have been very busy in the office trying to keep our guys in the field busy and keeping things moving along smoothly. The crew on site has been doing a great job and has managed to construct the bottom of the first drop on the ride.

By , November 19, 2007
Adam House

Now that the IAAPA attractions expo is over, there are several things to report as far as news from Great Coasters International. First off, Great Coasters and California’s Great America are pleased to announce a new unnamed coaster for the 2009 season. The ride will feature some exciting new elements including a 70 degree bank. The ride will be over 100 ft tall and be located at the center of the park around the skytower.

In other news, site work for Six Flags St. Louis is well underway. Foundation work is really progressing. Nearly all of the ride foundation will be poured today and bent construction will begin soon. Remember to keep checking back to site to find out the latest on news and site updates from Great Coasters.

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