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Gold Rush (Loudoun Castle)

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Gold Rush
Gold Rush (Loudoun Castle).jpg
Loudoun Castle
Location Galston, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Status Standing but not operating
Operated During 2010
Grove Land
Location St. Clears, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK
Operated July 2002 to 2003
Flamingo Land
Location Malton, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Operated 1998 to November 2001
Replaced by Cliff Hanger
Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Location Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Operated May 27, 1993 to 1995
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Operated 1985 to 1990
Location Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
Manufacturer Zierer
Type Steel
Model / product Four Man Bob
Riders per train 2
Hourly capacity 520
Height21 feet

Gold Rush is a steel roller coaster built by Zierer. It has been located at six different amusement parks, and is now standing but not operating at Loudoun Castle.


The ride first appeared at Trentham as 4 Man Bob. The ride had red track with white supports. The time of opening is not known.

The ride 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 September 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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