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Pokemaniac

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It still keeps amazing me that despite having gone bankrupt almost two decades ago, Pinfari remains the company behind so many coaster builds in the UK year after year. 12 Pinfari coasters* have been built in the UK since 2011, that's more than Mack, Vekoma, Intamin, B&M, S&S, Premier, GCI, GravityGroup, Gerstlauer, Zierer, and RMC put together.

*Let's be honest, this counts at least one of them twice as it was relocated during that period, and none of them were originally manufactured after 2003. Still, though ...
 

Niles

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Pinfari remains the company behind so many coaster builds in the UK year after year.
I thought I had been on quite a few in the UK but looking at RCDB we as a country "love" Pinfari. They have more operating coasters than any other manufacture in the UK, also out of 89 existing Pinfari's around the world 22 of them are in the UK with brazil in 2nd with 9 and the USA in 3rd with 8. I'm intrigued as to why they do so well here, I guess its perfect for all the small parks we have and they were the SBF of their day being a cheap addition.
 

Dar

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Hmm, I wonder how common digging a massive hole, creating each footer as a standalone column, and then filling round the footers is versus digging individual holes for each footer to be poured in?

And what are the pros and cons of each?
 

Hixee

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Hmm, I wonder how common digging a massive hole, creating each footer as a standalone column, and then filling round the footers is versus digging individual holes for each footer to be poured in?

And what are the pros and cons of each?
The only thing that occurs to me as a reason would be that the soil quality means that it's hard to dig the smaller holes and instead it's easier just to dig one large hole down. For example, if the holes keep caving in because the soil doesn't hold together well, it might be a good way of (cheaply) getting the foundations in. Your other options are probably dig/fill equipment or piling, both of which are probably relatively expensive options when compared to the labour costs of a digger for the weekend.

My guess - I'm not a civil engineer. :p
 
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Hmm, I wonder how common digging a massive hole, creating each footer as a standalone column, and then filling round the footers is versus digging individual holes for each footer to be poured in?

And what are the pros and cons of each?
It's not entirely within my field either, but what @Hixee said sounds plausible. If you have pre-fabricated the footers, I guess digging a pit would be the better solution, but in this case they appear to have gone to the hassle with formwork and on-site pouring, in which case you might as well just dig a hole for each footer. But if the soil is too loose, that's not an option.
 
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Will

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^Oh well. +1. And +2 for you if you can find Wx6.
Following Tom's post and my (admittedly rather alcohol addled) response, RCDB reports not 1 but 2 very small new arrivals at the delightful New Brighton Funfair. A Guven oval coaster and a Wacky Worm with a rather odd shark theme, which I can't decide if I like or I'm mildly disturbed by!


No news on the whereabouts of W6, but I got that 8 years ago :p

It'd be a dead easy +2 but I feel like New Brighton is the kind of place where a lone goon on rides meant for small kids could be made to feel rather uncomfortable. Anyone fancy a trip to the Blue Planet followed by a +2? :p
 
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Fleetwood_Mack

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Pinball X is now built at Flamingo Park Hastings, and should be opening next week:


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I'll never get over the loss of the Top Scan they had for a year or two. That thing threw people around like Samurai wishes it could throw people around! It was so out of place at Flamingo Park! Fabulous. A shame that it involved, you know, going to Hastings. This is a big step up for a park that's survived most of my lifetime with a wacky worm and some bumper cars though. Good for them.
 

TPoseOnTantrum

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Another one I haven't seen posted so far - Casino Pier on the Jersey Shore is adding a custom SBF Visa Big Air (hamster wheel) coaster called Xolo Loca for the 2021 season. For those wondering, Xolo is the name of Mexico’s native dog.

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This is old news, but the Casino Pier park map was released some time ago, it appears that in order to accommodate the new Xolo Loca, the Air Race (2014) has been removed and the Hot Tamales coaster rebuilt within its perimeter. The Air Race is no longer listed on the website, not sure whether it will come back or not. Anybody know more?

Source; https://casinopiernj.com/casino-pier-attractions/
 

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Tomatron

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There’s a new +1 at Llandudno Pier. I missed it being made official on RCDB and Coaster-Count, probs cos I was in Covid Jail and completely out of it.

But I’ve been released now, so obvs I went down and got it this afternoon.
 

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Will

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Yeah, I'd seen that on cc and was half tempted to head up at the weekend - only about a 3 hour round trip.

I'm a little tired on the shameful ovals, I must admit, but at least it's not an SBF spinning thing.

Not sure I've been to Wales since a flying visit to Barry Island in 2019, come to think about it!
 
Got the Llandudno cred today (£3 if you're wondering and card taken at the token booth)

People will also be pleased to know it's 6 miles from the Welsh Mountain Zoo, so I made a new friend.
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The Welsh Mountain Zoo is a good little attraction, especially nice, like most things, on a sunny day. Have you already got the Green Dragon Coaster at Greenwood as that's not far from there either?
 
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