The Ride Werks
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Today I was invited out to the Ride Werks facility to meet the owner Joe Cadmus and take a tour of the facility and do some photos of some of the rides they have on location. The Ride Werks is a company that primarily works in the amusement industry doing ride relocations, dismantling, fix and repair and other various services involving amusement type rides. One of the reasons for my visit was to see and photograph the Blue Diamond Streak roller coaster that was once installed at the Blue Diamond Park in Delaware. They are refurbishing the ride in preparation for installation at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk. One of the more interesting thing is that they are retrofitting the coaster with a set of magnetic brakes and updating the ride systems. Currently they have the brake fins retro fitted to the train car and the magnets are on order. They are also working through the ride to fix and restore any issues with the ride before it will get painted. So it was really interesting to see what they are doing with this old Zyklon roller coaster. The second reason for my visit to the facility was to see the remains of the Straliner roller coaster that Joe owns. You can read more about the Starliner further below. Overall it was an awesome visit to the facility and really cool to talk rides and stuff with the owner. Below you will find various photos of the Blue Diamond roller coaster and the trains from the old Starliner roller coaster.
Ride Werks Facilities
Tampa, Florida
September 15th, 2012
Various photos of the Blue Diamond Streak roller coaster.
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Various photos of the Starliner roller coaster trains.
Starliner in Storage September 15th, 2012!
Legoland the new owners of the old Cypress Gardens park decided to remove the Starliner roller coaster as it was felt the ride did not fit into there line up. The Ride Werks purchased the roller coaster in 2010 but were given only 25 days to remove the roller coaster. Ironically during the first move of the Starliner they were also given 3 weeks to remove the ride from its original location at Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. The Starliner bents for the most part have been saved, the trains and most of the other mechanical equipment have also been saved. Currently the roller coasters structure is stacked, banded, labeled and under tarps on location. One other thing of interest that the owners are considering donating the old Starliner train to the National Roller Coaster Museum. So below are some photos of the train cars and some of the other equipment associated with the Starliner roller coaster in storage.