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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 – YouTube video added!
Welcome to the first construction update for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s new-for-2013 coaster project, UNDERTOW! Updates will be posted weekly on our site acenorcal.org unless otherwise noted. But enough, jib-jab, let’s get to the update
Today was the first visit I had made since last weekend. Not much progress has been made on the Hurricane itself, but the entire upper deck has been cleared off. What do I mean by this exactly? Well, the Speedway, Starfish and Jet Copter kiddie rides have been dismantled and placed into storage temporarily. It is currently unknown if all or just some of these will be returning once UNDERTOW is in place. The platform was cleared over the past week, and today work began on removal of the brakes in place on the Hurricane‘s main brake-run. A video of one of them being taken down will be posted soon. In the meantime, check out these photos of the action. Excluding the first photo, all photos were taken Monday, September 10.
This photo is courtesy of ACEer Taylor Evans and shows the clearing of the deck as of Saturday, September 8. Thanks for sending this in!
“NO TRESPASSING”. Deconstruction of the Hurricane has begun. Do not pass!
Yellow caution tape, orange cones, and stacks of construction materials make up the scene.
As you can see, the entrance for Sky Glider has been moved over to the top of the curved stairway rather than halfway down the Hurricane deck. Can’t go up there now!
The sign for the Speedway kiddie ride awaits to be taken away for storage.
The Boardwalk is planning to set up a time lapse camera for the deconstruction of Hurricane and construction of UNDERTOW. You may recall the time lapse the park did for their 2009-2010 Haunted Castle project. These employees from the Boardwalk’s Technical Services Department are preparing the time lapse camera – cool!
I guess they REALLY don’t want you to head up this side either. Do not pass here!
Our good friend Jimmy, also known as the Boardwalk’s eclectic Carousel horse painter, was out and about sprucing up the park’s equally important and beautiful historical marker plaques. What a nice day to be out!
Brakes being un-installed and lifted out of the brake run.
Hooking up a brake with a custom-made wooden lifting piece.
Taking a break to enjoy the view while the brake makes it way to the ground.
Brakes taking a break.
You need to be focused and attentive when doing a job like this. Hats off to you sir!
Below is a video comprising of some footage of the brakes being removed from the Hurricane‘s brake-run.
And, that’s it for this week’s update! Be sure to check back soon and often for sporadic or surprise photos, videos, and more! The next planned update will be on Monday, September 17. This is the scheduled day for the crane to be there.
See you then!
(updated September 12, 2012)