Rampage

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Rampage is a wooden roller coaster located at Alabama's Splash Adventure in Bessemer. The 3,500-foot long ride features a 120-foot lift hill with a 102-foot first drop, accelerating to 56 miles per hour through nine crossovers and thirteen curves. The $4.3 million attraction opened on May 23, 1998.

The "Rampage" is equipped with two six-car trains manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters. Each car seats four people, for a total of 24 riders per launch. Except during the busiest times, the ride has operated with one train only.

When the ride opened one train was painted solid blue and the other solid maroon. Each had the VisionLand logo on the front of the train. When Southland took over in 2003 the trains received new paint jobs. The former blue train was repainted in three shades of blue, with airbrushed lightning bolts on the sides and a monster's eye and claw with the Rampage logo on the front. The maroon train was painted with the first two cars red, the middle two orange, and the back two yellow. It had airbrushed flames on the sides and two red monster's eyes under the Rampage logo on the front.

For the 2008 season the park repainted the "fire" train solid red and the "lightning" train dark blue. The park began resumed running both trains on busy days that season for the first time since 2005. In 2012 the Rampage was shut down with the rest of the non-waterpark rides.

In 2014 new owner Dan Koch had the Rampage restored. The project involved replacing 14,000 boards and assembling a single 28-seat train. It was run in late October of that year for members of American Coaster Enthusiasts, and opened to the public at the beginning of the 2015 season.

References

  • "Alabama Splash Adventure to debut restored roller coaster" (October 22, 2014) Tuscaloosa News

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