Coasterforce links to videos of Verbolten (the elaborately themed replacement for Busch Gardens Williamsburg's late, lamented Big Bad Wolf) and Skyrush (Hersheypark's 200-foot megacoaster, which looks kind of like a smaller version of Kings Dominion's Intimidator 305, but with more open restraints and floorless outside seats). They're both at the point of testing with water dummies, which approximate the mass distribution of human beings.
Skyrush looks epic, though they're currently hauling the trains up the lift hill much more slowly than they are supposed to go in actual operation. There's not much open space left at Hersheypark, so the thing winds over and around the Comet, the 1940s Herbert Schmeck woodie, and much of it is over the creek behind the Comet.
Also, the new Gerstlauer trains (Facebook link) have arrived at the sooperdooperLooper. They look worthy. I wonder if the orange and white color scheme is a nod to the Looper's original paint.
Matt McIrvin's Steam-Operated World of Yesteryear
- New coasters at two of my favorite parks, in testing