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Riders rush
down into
the depths!
According to project manager Dave Ashby, Gold
Reef City’s director of mechanical design, one of the
biggest challenges was keeping the ride within
acceptable limits. “It now reaches close to 4G in the
tunnel,” he highlights. “We also spent a lot of time
getting the control system right so the car is safely
locked into place at the top of the tower before the
latch is released.”
Originally the ride was designed to accommodate
two cars, but now the single eight-seater car travels so
quickly – up to 90km/h – that the idea was shelved.
Performing approximately 25 cycles an hour, that
provides an hourly capacity of around 200. Given the
ride’s niche appeal, that is just about sufficient for Gold
Reef City guests.
The park’s other rollercoasters include a Runaway
Mine Train, also built-on site, a Schwarzkopf Shuttle
Loop and Anaconda, an inverted coaster by
Giovonola. But none are quite as intense – or unique –
as Tower of Terror.
MINER’S REVENGE
The Miner’s Revenge is the latest attraction to open at Gold Reef City.
This themed Huss Top Spin had been out of service for several years but
now gets a new home in the Lost Reef City area of the park – where it
looks better than ever. The ride was well received during Gold Reef
City’s peak December season when the park attracted 120,000 guests.
FEBRUARY 2009
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