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The Place
  Six Flags Astro World - Houston, Texas USA
  "The Ride of Tomorrow Today"

The Stats

Track Type Year Manufacturer
Steel Suspended 1984 Arrow Dynamics Inc
Ride Statistics
Height: 81 feet Max Drop:
Top Speed: 34.1 mph Track Length: 3000 feet
Rider Capacity: Max G-Force:
Inversions: Ride Time: 3 minutes
Avg Speed: Angle of Descent:
Number of Cars: Length of Train:
Restraints: Horsecollar Number of Trains: 2
Cars per Train: 7 Vehicles Designed by: Arrow

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged 2 across, 4 seats per car for a total of 28 riders per train.
* Notes: So named as such when enunciated properly sounds like "accelerate". Originally was only to stay at the park for 3 years as part of the Six Flags ride rotation program. XLR-8 was built to help anchor the revamped Enchanted Kingdom section of the park, formerly called Children's World. XLR-8 was built by Arrow-Huss, which later separated into two companies, as a proof of concept ride which together with Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens jointly became the successor to PKI's Bat which had closed due to design flaws. Big Bad Wolf did open a few months earlier giving it the distinction of the first successful coaster of its type and becoming a popular model proving worth its salt.
* Structure: Originally painted all blue and also blue track with light grey column supports. For the 2004 season, it was repainted with orange track and teal column supports. The trains also reflected the color scheme by having the top half teal and the bottom half orange with orange restraints.
* Features: Once in 2002 as part of a Fright Fest promotion, the park reversed the last four cars of the trains and called the ride 8-RLX. The ride order stuck and continued on until its demise.
* History: Closed in 2005. The ride was put up for auction and received a $7,000 bid however the reserve was not met and it was rumored to have sold privately for $50,000 and used for scrap metal. C&H Rigging disassembled the ride.

The Verdict
The color scheme of XLR-8 is awesome and being how I like Arrow suspended rides so much it was a double treat. These swinging-through-the-trees coasters are becoming harder and harder to come by.
I rate it 4 Star's

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