Raging Wolf Bobs

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Raging Wolf Bobs
Raging Wolf Bobs.png
Raging Wolf Bobs viewed from north
Geauga Lake
Coordinates 41°21′09″N 81°22′20″W / 41.352467°N 81.372197°W / 41.352467; -81.372197Coordinates: 41°21′09″N 81°22′20″W / 41.352467°N 81.372197°W / 41.352467; -81.372197
Status Removed
Opening date 1988 (1988)
Closing date June 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
Cost $2,500,000
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Dinn Corporation
Designer Curtis D. Summers
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 80 ft (24 m)
Length 3,426 ft (1,044 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:00
Max vertical angle 50°
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Raging Wolf Bobs at RCDB
Pictures of Raging Wolf Bobs at RCDB

Raging Wolf Bobs was a wooden roller coaster located at Geauga Lake amusement park in Ohio. Designed by Curtis D. Summers to resemble Bobs, a popular roller coaster at the defunct Riverview Park in Chicago, Raging Wolf Bobs was constructed by the Dinn Corporation and opened to the public in 1988. It operated until June 16, 2007, following an accident involving the derailing of a train that unexpectedly rolled backward on one of the track's hills. Later that season, park owners Cedar Fair announced the permanent closure of Geauga Lake, sealing the fate of Raging Wolf Bobs.

History[edit]

Geauga Lake owner Funtime, Inc. planned to add a new roller coaster – the first in ten years – to celebrate the park's centennial anniversary in 1988.[1] Dinn Corporation was hired to install the new ride with the help of Curtis D. Summers, who modeled the design of the roller coaster after Bobs, a famous coaster from the 1920s which operated at Chicago's Riverview Park until 1967.[2][3] After an investment of $2.5 million, Raging Wolf Bobs opened to the public in 1988.[4] It was marketed with the slogan "The Legend of Terror Returns".[1]

Following the park's permanent closure in 2007, Raging Wolf Bobs was sold in an auction to an unnamed buyer for $2,500 on June 17, 2008. In 2011, the coaster's slow dismantling began, and it was completed by early 2014.

Remains of Raging Wolf Bobs in April 2013

Incident[edit]

On June 16, 2007, a train failed to climb a hill and rolled backward. The last car of a train partially derailed in the process, but there were no injuries.[5] The incident, which caused significant damage, sidelined the attraction for the remainder of the season. Geauga Lake owner Cedar Fair announced the permanent closure of the amusement park on September 21, 2007, ending the attraction's run at Geauga Lake. Several years prior to the accident, the ride was retracked by Martin & Vleminckx.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Futrell, Jim; Hahner, Dave (June 1, 2015). Geauga Lake: The Funtime Years 1969-1995. Arcadia Publishing. p. 76. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Geauga Lake-Sea World History". Aurora Historical Society. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ Carmen, Cheyenne (September 1, 2015). "Riverview Amusement Park, Chicago, illinois". DefunctParks.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Kaleidoscope: Many fun parks are gone; two big parks still in Ohio". Aurora Advocate. April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Roller coaster car derails at Geauga Lake". RideAccidents.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Coaster Repair & Refurbishment". Martin & Vleminckx. Retrieved 14 January 2016.