As the Beatles sang, "… with a little help from my friends…" the National Roller Coaster Museum (NRCMA) is nearing completion of its epic expansion with a little help from its friends. Allies and partners from the amusement park industry have lined up to help with the completion of the museum’s largest expansion.
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The most recent addition to the National Roller Coaster Museum is a track and train display of the 1938 Rollo Coaster from Idlewild and Soak Zone by Great Coasters International. The display is 12 ft. high and 30 ft. long. (Photo: Business Wire)
Larson International and Rocky Mountain Construction have been fabricating key elements inside the museum, including the stairwell constructed from the steel columns used to support the former Big Bad Wolf coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The mezzanine floor has been fabricated with wood from the former Gwazi wooden coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa, while the railings have been created from hand railings from many coasters across the globe.
The museum exhibits are also being fabricated with the help of several manufacturing partners. The most recent addition is a track and train display of the 1938 Rollo Coaster from Idlewild and Soak Zone by Great Coasters International. The impressive 12-foot-high, 30-foot-long display joins a track and train display of the Cobb and Rosser-designed Texas Cyclone from the former AstroWorld park in Houston as well as a display of the 1977 Schwartzkopf Super Dooper Looper from Hersheypark. Photos of the installations are available at rollercoastermuseum.org.
To view a video of the building of the Rollo Coaster display, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFM89LEH-y0
The museum continues to acquire priceless pieces of history. It recently took possession of a car from the former Rocky Springs Jack Rabbit coaster in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where it was in operation from 1918-1927. In addition to the Jack Rabbit car, the museum recently received a collection of antique wooden coaster break handles and a model of the Phoenix wooden coaster which recently underwent a three-year restoration by model builder Dave Rouse of Arlington, Texas. The model was originally built by ACE member John Hunt and was donated to the NRCMA by Dayton, Ohio, resident Beth Remhoff. A display base and stand, complete with acrylic cover, is currently under construction. When complete, the model will be on display at the National Roller Coaster Museum’s new building, which also is under construction in Plainview, Texas.
The NRCMA continues to expand its collection of artifacts and archiving facilities in Plainview, Texas, but the museum needs support from the industry and from fans of amusement parks everywhere for these efforts to continue. Donations can be made online at rollercoastermuseum.org or by mailing the NRCMA at PO Box 5424, Arlington Texas 76005.
The NRCMA is an unaffiliated, 501 C3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts and memorabilia to document and archive the history of the amusement park industry in a dynamic environment while providing the most complete repository of information and documents regarding the amusements industry. To donate to the NRCMA to aid in the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts, mail to: NRCMA, attention, Jerry Willard, NRCMA Treasurer, PO BOX 5424, ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76005-5424
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