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Wildwood's Tram Car Inspired Coaster

Thursday, June 6, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Rus Ozana
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What's yellow, has a big grin with huge white teeth and will reach a top speed of approximately 29 mph? No, it's not a school bus, or Tweety Bird, SpongeBob or even Pikachu.

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Welcome the newest roller coaster at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, Runaway Tram. There’s a target of mid-June for the coaster to be ready, which will kick start Morey's Piers' 50th anniversary celebrations.

Nearly 90 percent of the building process is complete and the finished coaster will climb 40 feet before twisting and turning through 922 feet of track. Manufactured by the German company Zierer, Runaway Tram features one train with 10 two-person passenger cars.

Photo: Morey’s Piers

Runaway Tram replaces the popular Flitzer, which opened in 1983 and was originally manufactured by Zierer in 1969. It was retired last September.

According to Morey’s, approximately half of the money spent on the new coaster went to the manufacturer. Some of the money went to moving seven other rides around in order for this new one to have a home at Surfside Pier.

Once completed, the Force 280 model coaster will be one of four in use in the world. The two-minute ride will allow approximately 600 people an hour to pass through. Runaway Tram will circle the track twice, and as it travels through the station for the last lap a prerecorded voice will announce, "Watch the tram car, please."

Every train has a caboose, but the Runaway Tram's is just a little bit different, as it honors the longest-tenured tram car driver, John "Gig" Gigliotti. Watching over the guests will be a figure with a facial expression of someone who looks as if he has been collecting tram tickets for eight straight hours.

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Randy Geisler says...
Posted Saturday, June 15, 2019
Marvelous story. Thanks, Rus for bringing this to us.