Saturday, May 14, 2011

Construction Update 5/13/2011

This update is written on 5/13/2011 but the pictures were actually taken 5/6/2011 the day of my test ride. About one week from today the Bay Beach Zippin Pippin Roller Coaster opens to the public, I hope to make one final visit to the construction site next Friday to get some final shots of the coaster on the eve of it's public opening. Continue reading below to see the final touches that are being completed to make the coaster ready for the general public.

Just before my final of six test rides it started raining so these pictures were all taken under a moderate rainfall. The first thing I noticed was the roof of the motor house has been completed.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

Back on the loading platform all of the safety gates are in place.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2
From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

One train was loaded on the track and the other train was loaded onto the extra track.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

Fences were going up everywhere the public will have access to while waiting in line. Around the inside of turn 1 and 3.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

Along the exit ramp.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

And along the lift hill.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2
From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

Under the loading platform the linkages that synchronize the movement of the safety gates is installed.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

All of the concrete in the queue area has been poured and is ready for the large crowds I expect to see May 21st. From this view you can see the entrance and the exit of the ride. The entrance is to the right and the exit is the ramp on the left. The brake run at the end of the ride can be seen in the background.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

The pictures below shows the view as you are exiting the exit ramp. The first picture is looking back up the exit ramp and the second one is as you are leaving the ramp.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2
From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

The curb in the picture below shows the dividing line between the future parking lot and the grassy area around the coaster. The parking lot would be to the right, the grassy area around the coaster to the left.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

The two construction sawhorses in the pictures below show the location of a future additional ticket booth near the coaster so patrons won't have to walk all the way back to the main entrance to get tickets to ride the Pippin again.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2
From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

Work is also under way on a new path that will carry visitors from the main part of the amusement park to the roller coaster.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

Before leaving I took a panorama of the coaster facing north west.

From Zippin Pippin Construction Album #2

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