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Gaz Express

Roller coaster
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Gaz Express
Gaz Express (Bagatelle) 2019 01.jpg
Bagatelle
Location Merlimont, Hauts-de-France, France
Coordinates 50°25′44″N 1°36′07″E / 50.429024°N 1.602062°E / 50.429024; 1.602062
Status Operating since 23 May, 1987
Rider height
  • Minimum: 100 cm
  • Min. unaccompanied: 130 cm
Statistics
Manufacturer Soquet
Product Train de la Mine
Type Steel - Family
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Inversions 0
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Gaz Express is a steel family roller coaster currently located at Bagatelle in Merlimont, Hauts-de-France, France.

History

The coaster opened as Dawson Mine and featured a mine theme. This theme was updated in 2005, and the coaster's name changed to Train de Mine. The old mine theming was completely removed at this time, the coaster now operating without a theme. It would already be renamed again the next year, it would be known as Bouzouc from 2006 onward. The year 2012 saw the coaster's name being updated to Bag Express.

The ride underwent a major renovation in 2015, receiving a new theme and name; Gaz Express. The new theme was centered around a factory, with the second helix and bunny hill being fully enclosed and the addition of a 5 metre high fire effect at the fake splashdown.

The ride went SBNO in the latter half of the 2018 season due to technical difficulties. This prompted the park to give the coaster an extensive overhaul, which was done by rench company Lansel s.a.s. The ride reopened at the start of the 2019 season.

Design

Elements

The ride features a finale with a fake splashdown. The track actually goes slightly underground in this section, travelling through a lake. This makes it looks like the train is crossing through the lake from the outside, but this isn't actually happening.

Colour scheme

Light blue track and dark blue supports. The ride originally opened with brown track and supports. It was repainted to blue track and orange supports in 2005. The current colours where added in 2015.

Trains

7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train.

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