Dan and Chad take a walk by The Voyage

We love our Voyage. It's been voted the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet since it was one year old. This year is Voyage's seventh season. (Gosh, and it seems like only yesterday we were potty training … oh, wait, I seem to be confusing work and home. Once again. Never mind.) All of our…

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Move over, test dummies…

…it’s time for the humans to take a ride! Join William Koch and Mike Graham as they take the first "human ride" on the new Timberliner train on The Voyage. And yes, it’s really cold out!

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Ready fenders

Been bugging the engineers at The Gravity Group for more photos of our new Timberliner trains. Testing of the new trains for our Voyage roller coaster begins in just a few weeks, and the parts are in painting-and-assembly mode. Korey was kind enough to send a few. In Korey’s words: I took a field trip…

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Special delivery

It’s nice to have The Gravity Group offices just three hours away, in Cincinnati. So when Tony, our maintenance director, asked for sample bogies and a chassis to be delivered early, Chad hopped in the van Friday and headed our way. Searching for a "hanging Chads" joke … sadly, none comes to mind. But that’s…

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Thump, thump, clap! Thump, thump, clap!

We've talked about the coaster crazies before. They're those park enthusiasts who love all-things-coasters to the point that they join a club. …to the point that they go to meetings (and we're not talking about the 12-step type). …to the point that they'll even wear silly clothes. Enter Marty Moltz. He's one of our favorites….

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Video: Will takes a seat…

Considering that The Gravity Group is based in Cincinnati, and we're here in Santa Claus, one would think Will wouldn't have to go all the way to Las Vegas to try out the feel of a Timberliner car. But since the IAAPA Expo was in Vegas this year, it does sort of makes sense. The…

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The family that rides together…

Will is a happy guy. He’s in Las Vegas at the IAAPA Expo, where a sample Timberliner car just happens to be on display. Looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t he? Front row, from left: Lori Koch (Will’s better half), Will, brother Dan and mom, Pat. The back row, from left: Chad Miller and Larry Bill from…

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Santa Claus pays an early visit

This is so "hot off the presses." When we heard from the engineers who designed The Voyage that they wanted to also design coaster trains, we were intrigued. As you may remember, we provided The Gravity Group with a testing ground for their Timberliner prototype last spring. And today we announce that indeed we will…

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A closer look…

Here's a second video from the testing of the prototype Timberliner train being developed by The Gravity Group: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/Uhb7G7WlFgM&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0×006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

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A train of a different color

Once upon a time, a rabid coaster enthusiast lived here in the town of Santa Claus. He never missed a trick. He loved to ask me about things before I even knew about them He moved away a few years ago for career reasons, but I thought of him the other week. …and wondered how…

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“Hi” from Shanghai

They got me. Again. You may remember this story from a few years back. The Gravity Group engineers pulled off a clever ploy by sending a little beanie-version of Holidog around the world (literally) on a "voyage." For months they sent anonymous photos and emails; we never figured out who was behind Holidog's jet-setting ways….

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He sees you when you’re sleeping …

In our bimonthly marketing meeting yesterday, we were further familiarizing ourselves with the VisiStat system we're using to analyze our website traffic. It's way cool. One of the most remarkable functions is being able to see — in real time — who is visiting your site. For example, as I write this, there are 14…

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