The Eye of the Hurricane

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The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Top Gunner14 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:47 pm

Decided to get the camera out one day while we were doing a bit of maintanence to the Hurricane at Joyland's Christmas carnival last month. Was interesting for me to see the "eye" or up the centre of the tower and the ins and outs of the ride a bit more closely. Didn't have to climb up the tower which was a bit of a relief as you'll see why with all the obstacles and you can get quite grubby. Also a photo of the top of the tower where the arms connect to the centre ram which runs down the tower and just general photos around the ride as we had it down. Enjoy guys:

General overview:

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Gooseneck, compressor and top of the tower:

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Hydraulic pump at the end of the trailer (still the original pump, coming upto 40 years old)

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Looking up the centre of the tower. In the middle is the ram which runs up and down the tower while the ride is in operation. The arms connect up the top of the tower to the top of the ram. Can see in the bottom of the photo the hydraulic lines which run up to the the 2 drives that sit up on the outside of the tower. Top of the photo you can see the air lines. On the right the air runs up the tower, the left pipe is where the air runs back out with a muffler which you can just see, where the air comes out creating the trademark "crack".

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Exterior of tower, looking from bottom to top:

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Looking down onto deck and cars, also can see the bullring pulled out, sitting under tower:

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Tower and crown:

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Top of the tower and top of the ram, where the arms all connect up:

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Back up ready to run:

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Will upload the rest of the photos from the carnival sometim soon, my computer's been out getting repaired the last 2 weeks so hopefully will have them up soon. Enjoy

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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby redhot » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:07 pm

Thanks for the excellent photos Topgunner.
Always interested to see the mechanical side of things.
Carny's built this country, the carnival part of it anyway..."Homer Simpson"

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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby kiwi » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:09 pm

Have to say how very clean and tidy that ride is, well looked after.
Thanks for the great pics
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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Dazzleland » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:22 pm

Thanks for the pics too!
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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Zamperla » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:19 am

Good stuff TG!! well done and thanks for sharing. Have always been in awe of the Hurricane. Incredible design idea, incredible technology (especially given its age) Yes it's a very tidy unit all right.

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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Hurricane » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:10 pm

All I will say is... I approve :P
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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Top Gunner14 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:15 pm

Thanks guys yeh great ride that's forsure. Been interesting working on the ride and learning about it, one of the better classic thrill rides IMO. Also the ride is meant to be undergoing a full refurbishment this winter, will see the ride completely stripped down and refurbished, new and fresh paintjob and also LED lighting. Will be good to see it all done, this has been planned the last 6 years so hopefully all will go to plan

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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Dazzleland » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:24 pm

More pics of the fair pleaz!
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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Top Gunner14 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:29 pm

Take a look in the public forum in the christmas carnival folder buddy...

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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Zamperla » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:23 pm

Topgun, tell them to drill a few air holes in that muffler - IMO it's a little TOO quiet.

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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Hurricane » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:38 pm

I was going to say, the only thing that lets Joylands Hurricane down in my opinion is the cosmetic appearance. Glad to hear it's getting a nice overhaul. I'd kill to see the ride looking like March's Hurricane looked before the paintjob. It looks great now, but the racing theme that the ride had just looked awesome!
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Re: The Eye of the Hurricane

Postby Zamperla » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:29 pm

Yes it was Syd Luna Park that I saw it (twice)


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