The Thunderhawk

Dorney park

Project Type: overhaul

Both of The Thunderhawk's maroon and gold trains are in the shop at PTCI for the 2017/2018 winter season receiving winter overhaul.

The Thunderhawk, originally called Coaster, was designed by Herbert P. Schmeck and opened in 1924 at Dorney Park. It was designed as an out and back coaster and later received a profile reconfiguration in 1930 adding a figure eight twister section. The Coaster received it’s name change in 1989 to The Thunderhawk but has kept it’s same tradition wood coaster profile since the 1930’s. In 2016 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. was proud to build 2 brand new trains for Dorney Park. The Thunderhawk now operates with 2 three seat articulating trains comprised of 4 cars in each train.

Thunderhawk Arrives at PTCI 11.14.17
Ready for Disassembly 11.30.17
Seat Bodies Ready for Inspection 12.06.17
Parts are given a fresh coat of paint 01.24.18
Brakes are installed on the Thunderhawk chassis 03.13.18
Side panels and bodies are installed 03.15.18
Yellow train completed 03.28.18
Maroon train completed 03.28.18
Moving the yellow train to the truck 04.03.18
Shipping the yellow train 04.03.18
Loading the maroon train 04.04.18
Maroon train ready for shipment 04.04.18