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What was Texas Tornado like?

Graeme Graeme Profile

Posted:
3/29/00 at
9:27:15 AM

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Seeing as I'll (probably) never get to ride it, could someone please tell me what Morecambe's Texas Tornado was like? How did it "rank"?

Also, do you think it will end up at Southport? Would it fit in if they scrapped the log flume and moved/sold the Wildcat? Perhaps they just didn't want to add two coasters at once and are saving it for next year. That way, they would have something to advertise in 2001.

Thank you - Gra (the optimist!)

Re: What was Texas Tornado like? by Cal at 3/30/00 4:55:28 AM

> Seeing as I'll (probably) never get to ride
> it, could someone please tell me what
> Morecambe's Texas Tornado was like? How did
> it "rank"? Also, do you think it
> will end up at Southport? Would it fit in if
> they scrapped the log flume and moved/sold
> the Wildcat? Perhaps they just didn't want
> to add two coasters at once and are saving
> it for next year. That way, they would have
> something to advertise in 2001. Thank you -
> Gra (the optimist!)

I never went to Morecambe either but a friend of mine describes it as somewhere between Roller Coaster and Big Dipper in intensity and enjoyment.
I'm hoping it ends up somewere in Britain - at least Southport is getting the mouse though.

Cal

Re: What was Texas Tornado like? by Lyndon at 3/30/00 7:38:30 PM

I never went to Morecambe either but a friend of
> mine describes it as somewhere between
> Roller Coaster and Big Dipper in intensity
> and enjoyment. I'm hoping it ends up
> somewere in Britain - at least Southport is
> getting the mouse though. Cal

Rumour has it that no buyer could be found even at the "scrap value" price of 100,000.00 !So,Sir Geoffrey has been forced to dismantle TT and store it at BPB as spare wood to repair the other 'coasters.However,the TT trains are now on the Grand National (allegedly) & the GN's trains have replaced the Cyclones old ones.So unfortunately it does look like Texas Tornado is gone for good :(

Re: Texas Tornado by Graeme Graeme Profile at 3/31/00 7:04:22 AM

That would be a real shame - getting rid of a woodie!

Having said that, I think coasters are getting better. My favourite coaster in Lancashire is the newest - TRAUMAtizer.

Thanks to both of you.

Re: What was Texas Tornado like? by d n s u at 4/1/00 11:27:00 AM

> I remember riding it back in the mid 80's before the park went 'wild west' and called itself FrontierLand.
The approach to the first drop reminded me of The Grand National and I also remember lowering my head to dodge some branches from an overhanging tree( similar to Southport)during some airtime midway thru' the ride. The ride was rough but memorable - I'm sure it was called The Cyclone back then similar to that of Southport but I might be mistaken. It was certainly rougher than Southport's Cyclone and The Big Dipper at BPB.
Southport might still have room for it if they got rid of the coach park and Fun House but considering that they have just upgraded the latter that seems unlikely.

Re: What was Texas Tornado like? by Graeme Graeme Profile at 4/3/00 11:03:52 AM

Thanks, that's very helpful. I just can't believe they would scrap a woodie in the year 2000!

> The approach to the first drop reminded me of
> The Grand National and I also remember
> lowering my head to dodge some branches from
> an overhanging tree( similar to
> Southport)during some airtime midway thru'
> the ride. The ride was rough but memorable -
> I'm sure it was called The Cyclone back then
> similar to that of Southport but I might be
> mistaken. It was certainly rougher than
> Southport's Cyclone and The Big Dipper at
> BPB. Southport might still have room for it
> if they got rid of the coach park and Fun
> House but considering that they have just
> upgraded the latter that seems unlikely.

Re: What was Texas Tornado like? by d n s u at 4/8/00 3:35:48 PM

I never went to Morecambe either but a friend of
> mine describes it as somewhere between
> Roller Coaster and Big Dipper in intensity
> and enjoyment. I'm hoping it ends up
> somewere in Britain - at least Southport is
> getting the mouse though. Cal

Yes, at least that's something!..I think they're renaming it King Solomon's Mine???

Re: What was Texas Tornado like? by Fraser Fraser Profile at 4/18/00 8:42:53 AM

> Seeing as I'll (probably) never get to ride
> it, could someone please tell me what
> Morecambe's Texas Tornado was like? How did
> it "rank"? Also, do you think it
> will end up at Southport? Would it fit in if
> they scrapped the log flume and moved/sold
> the Wildcat? Perhaps they just didn't want
> to add two coasters at once and are saving
> it for next year. That way, they would have
> something to advertise in 2001. Thank you -
> Gra (the optimist!)

I remeber riding it when it was called The Cyclone (all those years ago...) It was the very first coaster I ever rode, and so it holds a special place in my heart. Then, it was the wildest thing I had ever experienced. On reflection, it was probably more intense than the Rollercoaster at BPB (a very underestimated beast in my opinion) but not as wild as the Big Dipper. I remeber going on it about 10 times in a row. I recall the first dip being somehow isolated from the rest -long run up to it and after it, but maybe my mind is playing tricks.
I think it is an out and out disgrace that there was no way to save this woodie.