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Jul 11

Cannonball Express

52 comments

Deserves it's own thread really, especially with what Matt has mentioned in the 2019 thread.

 

So an announcement on its future it due soon.

 

Going by the decisions this new guy has made so far, I'm leaning towards a rebrand for 2020 - like Eggspress, it's the only way they can get the parent company to spend money on an old ride. Rebrand it as new and make it worth while. Second train? I dunno, they cost a lot...

Jul 11

Yea if they're spending lots on it it may aswell stay closed and get a full makeover, I think everybody would respect them more if they just came out and said what was happening

Jul 11

Unless it's just not repairable...

Jul 11

^ anything can be repaired!

 

Its whether they deem it financially viable to spend the money on such a ride.

 

That's where I'm getting the rebrand vibes from. A replacement will cost a lot more than any repair bill.

 

They seem to be making a lot of positive moves recently...

Jul 11

I see the park are again advertising fireball on their social media...with comments saying basically it's not a ride anymore amongst other thoughts

Jul 11

I wonder if anyone thinks that a refurbishment is money wasted if the attraction can only ever be run with one train?

 

I suspect the answer would be yes, if the coaster was a more common type as opposed to the one off that it is.

 

Thoughts?

Jul 11

The best news is that the ride will return and ideally with two trains what a treat and relief that would be. It will all come down to money

Jul 11

But it's only a 'one off' due to its layout. The Schwarzkopf trains are mostly interchangeable. Gerstlauer also make new trains for Schwarzkopf coasters, so anything is possible, it just all boils down to money.

Jul 11

Thinking the retheme seems likely. Especially since I saw on my last visit that the sign has been removed.

Jul 12

A removed sign could it goes either way still. It defo isn't opening anytime soon, that's for sure.

 

I'd actually be disappointed if they scrapped the whole Cannonball theme. It's not had the actual "theme" for like 15 years. Come back in 2020 with "the all new cannonball express " please.

Jul 12

That sounds frighteningly close to "New Pleasurewood Hills" circa 2002. Not the finest days of the park!

Jul 12

I’d love to see it come back with 2 trains. It’s throughput at the moment is painfully slow and any retheme/rebrand without the second train would be a PR nightmare for them as it would attract so many people and it would just be negative overtones due to the insane queue it would cause. Would love to see it though as such s great coaster.

Jul 16

Why hope for only 2 trains, if they are going to spend the money put it back as it should be with 4 trains. 1 Loading / Going up the lift, 1 unloading / in the queue area, 1 going round, 1 spare to cover for maintainence.

Or replace the whole thing with a B&M launched wing coaster.

Too much to ask?! :)

Jul 16

I don’t think it’s ever ran with more than 2 trains has it?

Jul 17

Had 5 when it came to us, I recall 4 being used. We have so many ride issues at the park !

Jul 17

And it actually had 6 when it used to be owned by German showman Kinzler!

Jul 17

The most that need to be on track is 3, but it can run with more than that. Weirdly I remember saying on the old forum that I remembered there being 6, 4 on track 2 spares and was told it only came with 4. But I distinctly remember Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow/Umbre coloured trains.

 

With more than 3 they just end up queuing in the sections between unload and load.

 

Does anyone know if the brakes at the high end of the track on each level are block sections or just trims?

Jul 17

Well they would have been block sections when it would run multiple trains....

Jul 17

All them cars lost...and now it seems the final one has too

Jul 17

Do you reckon that’s the issue?

Jul 17

They'll just have to buy another lol, how much can a new one really be

Jul 17

Even when it was running with multiple trains I never remember them using the block sections on the main track. They always used to wait for the previous train to hit the brake run before sending another train which would wait at the top of the lift hill.

Jul 18

A lot of the time parks run coasters like that just incase of a break down, it saves them having to evac from the MCBRs