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|Type||Steel - Family|
|Model / product||Four Man Bob|
|Riders per train||2|
History[edit | edit source]
The ride debuted under German travelling showman Ludewigt in 1975. For the 1983 season the ride moved to Traumlandpark, although this may have been on loan from Ludewigt. It operated for a relatively short time at the park, closing following an accident in June 1983.
At the end of the 1983 season the ride was acquired by John Broome who opened it at his relatively new venture at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire as 4 Man Bob for the 1984 season. The ride had red track with white supports.
Following the discovery of subsidence at Trentham Gardens the ride (along with a number of others) was relocated to Alton Towers. It opened from 1985 to 1990 and was located in the 'Talbot Street' section of the park and was replaced by the Tri-Star.
The ride was relocated to Pleasure Island Family Theme Park as Four Man Bob. It operated there from 1993 to 1995.
Bembom Rides purchased this ride from Flamingo Land and completely overhauled it. The electric systems were entirely renewed, and brought up to date by Gerstlauer of Germany, the brake system was sent back to Zierer to be revamped at their workshop and the track and supports were completely revamped, blasted and painted brown. This brought them back to factory condition. The cars were stripped down, refurbished and rebuilt to resemble a Mine Cart. A new safety lap-bar system was also added. After this, the ride was subjected to strict tests and examinations by TUV and considered safe.
The ride was sold to Grove Land, where it operated as Thunderbolt from July 2002 to 2003.
The ride was relocated to Loudoun Castle where it lay in storage until 2009. It was then setup and operated as Gold Rush during 2010, but the park closed at the end of the season, leaving the ride standing but not operating.
Incident[edit | edit source]
On 6 July 2020 at around 11am, a 63-year-old park employee was struck and killed while working on the roller coaster.
References[edit | edit source]
- Sorigny : un employé décède dans un accident survenu à Family Park. La Nouvelle Republic
[edit | edit source]
- on NFCA Digital.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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