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12-14-2014, 01:36 PM


Hello again, RCT3 friends. It's been too long, hasn't it?

Between work, school, life and a dead laptop, I haven’t had much time for RCT3. But after building a (so far) functioning and more powerful desktop computer, I’m back in business. And I’m very excited to share with you progress on a track I began working on my laptop before it bit the bullet.

Virginia Vortex.

That tornado didn’t stop spinning when it struck East Tennessee. In fact, it picked up speed, grew larger and started barreling toward Virginia.

It picked up everything in its path – trees, cows, horses, mansions – and it even twisted up another ore just like it did at Dollywood.

This is my dream sequel to Tennessee Tornado. I imagine Arrow Dynamics may have created another one of their “new” custom loopers had they not succumbed to bankruptcy. This is what I think it might have looked like.

A fella can dream, can’t he?

Enjoy the screens below, and rest assured that the coaster is not complete, and these screens are only meant to give you a glimpse of what’s to come.
So batten down the hatches – there’s a twister churning right for you!

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Virginia Vortex is a terrain coaster through and through. From the coaster's entrance, it doesn't look all that imposing.

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All the fun takes place below ground. Note: there's still a good bit of work left to do here. The two six-car trains will sync so that they meet here as shown in the shot above.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7478/15786706119_b2d86f4ff4_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/q41ZJg)

The coaster's entrance plaza and ride area will feature two viewing platforms. You can see one of those platforms in the upper right-hand corner.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7474/15970743051_9f71761362_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qkheuP)

One of those platforms will offer a spectacular view of the lower half of the coaster, which features three of Virginia Vortex's seven inversions.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7550/15785330028_e01360e56f_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/q3TWEy)

Virginia Vortex's hillside layout requires two lift hills...

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...the second of which leads to a vertical plunge underground.

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This should be a popular spot for family photos.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8612/15353098113_77051c1e82_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/poGDba)

Stay tuned. More updates are coming soon!

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12-14-2014, 03:02 PM
Wow. That's simply amazing! I have a lot of memories riding Arrow loopers and this captures them!

12-22-2014, 01:30 AM
^ Thank you!

Viriginia Vortex - Construction Update

Hello again! I have a few new images of progress to share with you. I would like to have this finished (with a video) before the end of the year, but I'm not 100% sure that is possible at this point. We'll see!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7533/15457466473_5e318e25c1_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pxVyfD)

The queue area is coming along nicely.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8674/15889691798_39c04788ab_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qd7PMq)

The entrance structure is in place but still needs a lot of work. But this gives you an idea. The newly planted foliage will add a nice barrier between the midway and those waiting to conquer the Vortex.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7493/15454826244_83496f2c67_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pxG2ps)

Guests enter the Virginia Vortex ride area underneath the train station, which is nearing completion.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7523/15889845690_44064d6c8d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qd8BwJ)

Stay tuned for more construction shots!

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12-22-2014, 06:02 PM
Good old Arrow action - and I love the old-fashioned, generic scenery here. Especially that queue - it's unusual but works well with this coaster.

12-24-2014, 06:29 PM
^ Thanks, Silvarret!

Viriginia Vortex - Construction Update

Merry Christmas Eve! I have an early Christmas present for you in the form of several new Virginia Vortex construction shots:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7555/15478153303_c7e8bc309c_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pzKzJ8)

Welcome back to Virginia Vortex!

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The big loop is one of only two Arrow "giant loops;" the other being Tennessee Tornado's.

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The final climb leads to the...

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...vertical dive underground.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7531/16097107092_2109450a2b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qwrT8b)

Down by the lake are three of the coaster's seven inversions.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7563/16072046886_608b2d82d7_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/querAE)

The coaster's corkscrew finish should be thrilling to say the least.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7571/16095923121_646cba0748_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qwkPaT)

Hopefully the ride ops will be able to dispatch the trains so they meet here as intended.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7469/15911741799_e062f68b7f_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qf4QtR)

Stay tuned for more!

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12-25-2014, 03:49 PM
Viriginia Vortex - NOW OPEN!

Merry Christmas! What better e-gift to receive than photos of Virginia Vortex operating with riders?

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8619/16102841231_b3f5bd6196_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qwXgFD)

I'm pleased with how the overall Virginia Vortex ride area has turned out.

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The "upper half" of the ride.

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This Verbolten-esque bridge was added at the last minute.

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Immediately after exiting the bridge, riders swoop down the hillside toward the lake.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7574/15917335088_989307e059_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qfyvaS)

Virginia Vortex trivia time: is this the first or second lift hill?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7523/15919003807_04bd363acd_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qfH4dT)

This is the point of no return before the vertical plunge underground.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7505/16104743745_45507493e3_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qx82eB)

Care for an overbanked turn?

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The train will give the best view of the "lakeside" portion of the coaster.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7581/16104031062_06b50bb9b1_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qx4nnY)

I'm now working on filming and editing the video. Stay tuned for more updates in the meantime!

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12-27-2014, 11:02 PM
Viriginia Vortex - Update

While I continue to work on the Virginia Vortex POV video, here are some additional shots to hold you over:

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Seen above, one of the two Virginia Vortex observation decks gives onlookers a spectacular view of the coaster.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7513/15928279078_e1db3785ea_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qgwArm)

A Virginia Vortex train enters the smaller of the coaster's two vertical loops.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7511/15929644479_3d66ed9910_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qgDAjK)

Virginia Vortex ride area.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7545/15929644539_0d9b4ebcdd_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qgDAkM)

It looks like a few park guests decided to literally smell the roses. SECURITY!

Stay tuned -- the video is coming soon!

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12-29-2014, 11:51 PM
Viriginia Vortex - Update

Great news! The Virginia Vortex video will debut on Wednesday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve)!

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We're nearing the end of the road for updates. It seems like just yesterday the first piece of steel was set in place.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8573/16114963562_fbd7112208_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qy2pem)

But now, the coaster is quite the twisted mess of steel.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7577/15929644459_afae6a65a3_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qgDAjp)

The first drop threads itself through the giant vertical loop.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7474/15928279438_a3a01c54eb_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qgwAxy)

The queue will become even more quaint once these young trees fill in.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8672/16114963922_5ef677f5f1_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qy2pky)

The final plunge...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7512/15928279358_7765a5dc0d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qgwAwb)

Stay tuned for the video release on Wednesday!

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01-02-2015, 01:16 AM
It is awesome to see you back CD5! I've been keeping up with this ride on Facebook and I am very happy with the outcome! This is probably one of your best works to date and I look forward to seeing what else you add to your famous collection of works!

01-10-2015, 01:06 AM
^ Thanks, Crisps! I'm glad you enjoyed it.