Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #92 (2-27-12)


88 more days until Memorial Day weekend and today iron workers were hard at work installing the reduction brake that will crossover Comet’s exit and brake run section. They’ve also done a few other things today as well, so let’s get to the photos.

10 pieces of track is in this picture. There are around 4 to 6 pieces not pictured here that are off to the right and one is sitting on a flatbed.

There seems to be not as many I-beams here as before.

Hmm, these pipes must’ve arrived over the weekend.

Snapped this photo just in time.

Flat track on a flatbed.

Over at Skyrush, the second to last set of footers look like they are progressing.

Nothing new over here.

More machinery has been added to the lift motor (the part that is covered by that tarp).


Looks like the supports for the reduction brake are starting to go up.

Looks like they are doing some work in the roof area of the station.

It’s hard to tell what they are doing up there, but it looks like quite a bit.

Here’s a look at Comet’s queue area as of right now.

That beefy support that’s been laying in the airfield looks even better in it’s final location.

Over here is where the other reduction brake support is located.

Should be interesting to see what it looks like when it’s all together.

More Skyrush airtime photos for your enjoyment!

Hersheypark’s oldest and newest standing next to each other.

Thanks for reading!

Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #91


^According to this countdown clock, at this point about 91 more days until Memorial Day weekend. More progress has been made including track, so let’s get at it!

Footer rebar caps for the new ones.

I spy some more goldenrod that was recently added…

Love the curves.

Looks like the German Kettle Korn stand is getting a rehab.

This secton of creekwall is almost done.

The area near the temporary dam looks different for some reason.

The final stretch has been added behind Scrambler in Founder’s Circle!

That’s a big crate…

…and that is a lift motor.

There’s a slight turn before it hits the reduction brake.

It’s not extremely banked so it could add to the ride.

The cable drum as been attatched.

That’s a decent drop after the Comet turn.

Nothing really new over at the station.

More work was done to the queue area it appears.

Looks like they’re working in the rafters.

COmet’s second turnaround appears brighter.

Compare it to the lift hill and first drop.

The reduction brake looks like it’s going to be almost as tall as Comet’s second turnaround.

Looper paint chips.

More work has been done to Comet’s station.

The whole front side has been worked on.

The new path is taking shape.

Just this section and the one next to the dam on that side.

I’m still trying to get a better shot of this angle.

Lastly, the base for the footers appear to be in.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to leave a comment in the forums here about this update! -> http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/t319p150-skyrush-and-comet-hollow-renovation-official-discussion-thread

Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #90 (2-22-12)

Only 92 days left until we Ride the Edge! Let’s get to the update!

Something is missing in the skyline.

Clifford has vanished, but Skyrush remains.

Here’s all the track that’s left. It’s at the point where we have somewhat a clue to where each of them is going to go.

The flat track might be for the reduction brake at this point.

Framework for the reduction, maybe?

A few months ago, I thought these pieces were for the base of the lift supports.

Say bye-bye to Clifford.

I can never get tired of taking artsy photos of this airtime hill.

Here is the second-to-last set of footers for Skyrush. According to the rendering, all that needs to be added is another footer next to the one on the right. Once this is done, then the support footers for Skyrush will be done!

The base for the creekwall next to the dam is in.

Moving upstream, the inital wall has been installed in this section.

Next to Comet’s first drop, a lot of the rockwork for the wall has been added.

Ready for a support and track!

The cable drum has been uncovered.

Over at the station, I managed to catch them installing the last few pieces of the catwalk for the lift hill.

On the station, the upper part of the supportwork for the roof has been painted white.

Here’s where the new path will travel under Comet. You can see where the queue line will be in the background.

Some rockwork has been added to the front of the restrooms. They are starting to add some under where the entrance and exit stairs will be.

More of Comet’s station roof has been taken off.

Insulation is being added to the wall between the loading area and transfer area.

The railings are back up on the old Creekside Catering bridges. If I recall, they were taken out by Tropical Storm Lee back in September.

That’s it for this update. Be sure to post any questions, comments, or concerns in the Construction Thread in the discussion forums here:http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/t319p150-skyrush-and-comet-hollow-renovation-official-discussion-thread

Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #88 (2-15-12)

Well folks, the track in the airfield is starting to dwindle down to nothing and most of the layout is starting to get filled in. Today they capped off the last of the tallest sections on Skyrush; the first two airtime hills. As far as track work goes, all that needs to be installed is the footer and track for the turn before the stengel dive, the track near the far turnaround, and the return track in Founder’s Circle.

You can find the complete update here: http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/t367-hersheypark-skyrush-construction-update-88-2-15-12

Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #87 (2-13-12)

Things were looking twisty at the Skyrush construction site today. The curved airtime hill was installed, more work was being done to the creekwall and footerwork seems to be starting up yet again. Also, some type of rig has been set up on the track at the base of the first drop.

More photos can be viewed here: http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/t366-hersheypark-skyrush-construction-update-87

Hersheypark in the Snow! (2-8-12)

After a warm winter off-season, the snow has finally caught up with central Pennsylvania. To honor this occasion, I swung by Hersheypark to get some cool winter shots of the park in the snow! Enjoy!

This photo was taken on Pat’s Hill along Hotel Rd. between the Hotel Hershey and Catherine Hall.