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Old Nessie has a fresh look

March 15, 2010

Over the winter, our Loch Ness Monster roller coaster got a makeover. It took 15 painters to give our oldest coaster a fresh look. The team started the project in October and eventually chipped away old paint and repainted approximately 2,700 feet of track.








In keeping with Busch Gardens’ commitment to the environment, the painters enclosed the track with plastic wrapping, collecting all paint chips to ensure they did not fall into the Rhine River and surrounding areas. Once the old paint was removed, the team completed a three-step process of applying 600 gallons of primer, paint and a clear coat to ensure the track has a beautiful yellow shine.

Be sure to check out the Loch Ness Monster this spring when you visit the park. She is 32 years old and still going strong … not to mention looking as good as ever.

Rob
Park Operations Manager at Busch Gardens

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Angelique permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:28 pm

    Wonderful!

  2. March 15, 2010 3:30 pm

    I’m confused….does this mean 600 – 100 gallon containers – or 600,000 gallons? See area

    …Once the old paint was removed, the team completed a three-step process of applying <<>>, paint and a clear coat to ensure the track has a beautiful yellow shine….

    • March 15, 2010 3:32 pm

      Dang – that post didn’t do right…. let’s try this again!

      I’m confused….does this mean 600 – 100 gallon containers – or 600,000 gallons?

      Once the old paint was removed, the team completed a three-step process of applying 600 hundred gallons of primer, paint and a clear coat to ensure the track has a beautiful yellow shine.

  3. March 15, 2010 3:34 pm

    Looks great…can’t wait till the park opens!

  4. Anonymous permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:44 pm

    Um, don’t you mean Old Nessie? Nellie is a horse…Nessie is well…the Loch NeSS monster…

    • March 15, 2010 3:52 pm

      Yeah, it should be Nessie (c’mon, fix the title Busch Gardens – granted the URL will still read “/2010/03/15/old-nellie-has-a-fresh-look/”)

  5. March 15, 2010 4:04 pm

    Yeah, pretty bad when the new owners of the park don’t know the names/nicknames associated with their own rides. First the beer school went, now they don’t know the names of their rides. Let’s see how they fare with the new Clydesdales.

  6. Dakota star permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:17 pm

    I absolutely love that you stuck with the yellow! I’m 19 now and it was my first rollercoaster at 8. I love it and will definitly be there this summer!!

  7. March 15, 2010 4:17 pm

    Sorry about the typos, everyone, but thanks for pointing them out. Feel free to always let us know when something doesn’t seem right.

  8. Josh permalink
    March 15, 2010 5:26 pm

    Let ya know what doesn’t seem right, huh?

    How about Busch Gardens Williamsburg without Big Bad Wolf!!!

    😉

    • Elizabeth:) permalink
      March 16, 2010 2:26 pm

      Well would you like to keep riding the same old rides over and over; or do you want to ride something new for once!? Its not Like EVERYBODY went straight to it and it was their FAVORITE ride and “OMG ITS THE BBW!!!” no..there’s other rides it’ll be okay! thats what Griffon, Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot, Lochness Monster, And the “Elmo Roller coaster” are for!

      • Anonymous permalink
        March 17, 2010 11:48 am

        It’s ashame you just don’t know. By the way people didn’t goo straight to it because that section of the park didn’t open right up, there is (or was) a delayed opening to the back of the park – which why everyone go on the train and went straight to the flume & Leman’s

  9. Matthew permalink
    March 15, 2010 7:35 pm

    Good to know that the Loch Ness Monster got a refresh look for this season, I was not suppose to get passes this year until my dad got a letter about discounts and cheap prices and stuff, so I’m excited to say I’m going to the park this year 🙂 I’ll miss seeing the Big Bad Wolf around :\ but things come and go I guess. Me, my sister and my dad are planning on going for preview day, so I’ll see you guys this Saturday!

  10. Liz permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:14 pm

    Im glad to hear you are ensuring the preservation of the beautiful rhine river.

  11. March 15, 2010 11:12 pm

    Thank you for treating the Loch Ness right. The famous Nessie Yellow has never looked so good – well since 1978 anyway.

    Can’t wait to get some photos of the shiny new look!

    Thanks for spending the money on some cosmetic work; as quality is what Busch Gardens is known for!

  12. Anonymous permalink
    March 17, 2010 11:53 am

    I’m floored because I thought repainting coasters was already a yearly task, you mean to say that all the other coasters have that worn out look leftover from last year? 🙂

    Hey can you post some pictures of what the ride area is looking like where The Wolf used to be? And whatever happened to Drachen Fire, who bought it and/or where’d it go?

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