Gold Rush (Family Park)

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Gold Rush
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roller coaster
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Family Park
Location Monts, Centre-Val de Loire, France
Status Under construction, planned to open 2020
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Loudoun Castle
Location Galston, Strathclyde, Scotland
Operated During 2010
Replaced Rat
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Grove Land (loan)
Location St. Clears, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK
Operated July 2002 to 2003
Replaced by Roller Coaster
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Bembom Rides (UK)
Location In storage
Operated November 2001 to 2019
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Flamingo Land
Location Malton, North Yorkshire, England
Operated 1998 to November 2001
Replaced by Cliff Hanger
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Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Location Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Operated May 27, 1993 to 1995
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Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England
Operated 1985 to 1990
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Trentham Gardens
Location Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Operated During 1984
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Traumlandpark
Location Bottrop, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Operated March 1983 to June 1983
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Ludewigt (Germany)
Location Travelling
Operated 1975 to 1982
Statistics
Manufacturer Zierer
Type Steel - Family
Model / product Four Man Bob
Riders per train 2
Hourly capacity 520
Height21 feet
Inversions0
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Gold Rush is a steel roller coaster built by German manufacturer Zierer currently located at Family Park in Monts, Centre-Val de Loire, France.

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.

The ride was relocated to Flamingo Land as Flying Trapeze. It operated there from 1998 to 2001, and was subsequently replaced by the Cliff Hanger.

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.

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