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Six Flags New England
Agawam, Massachusetts

May 29, 2008

history bookSix Flags New England, or SFNE, is a theme park in the Six Flags chain of parks, named for the New England region in which it is located. Six Flags New England is located in greater Springfield, Massachusetts, in the nearby town of Agawam. Like most other Six Flags parks, Six Flags New England is divided into two sections: the amusement park, which includes major attractions such as Superman - Ride of Steel, Mind Eraser and Batman: The Ride, and the water park, named Hurricane Harbor.

Technically speaking, it is the oldest of the Six Flags parks, though it did not originally open as such. Six Flags New England used to be Riverside Park. It started out as a picnic grove called Gallops Grove in 1840. It eventually was renamed to Riverside Grove, then Riverside Park.

Riverside was a trolley park owned by the Springfield Street Railway. In the early 1900s a few mechanical rides and a carousel were added. In 1942, the park acquired its first roller coaster, a wooden roller coaster called the Thunderbolt which still operates today (2008). The park continued to be known as "Riverside: The Great Escape" until the end of the 1999 season. Riverside, like many Premier Parks was "flagged" or re-branded as a Six Flags Park.

Riverside Park was a favorite place of Karen Duquette's beloved Aunt Hazel Brink.

Awawam sign
Six Flags New England sign
bldg in 6 flags
overview of some of the park
Below: Karen Duquettein line to ride the Superman roller coaster. Superman: Ride of Steel is a steel megacoaster. It boasts a 208 foot lift, 221 foot drop, and just over a mile of track.
Karen in line for Superman coaster
superman coaster
Roller Coaster: Superman - Ride Of Steel
Amusement Park: Six Flags New England (Agawam, Massachusetts)
Classification: Roller Coaster
Type: Steel - Sit Down
Status: Operating since 5/5/2000
Make / Model: Intamin AG / Mega Coaster
Designer: Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH

Length: 5400'
Height: 208'
Drop: 221'
Inversions: 0
Speed: 77 mph
Duration: 2:35
Elements: Tunnel

Superman: Ride of Steel
Trains: 2 trains with 9 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 36 riders per train.
Riders must be between 54" and 76" to ride.
Superman: Ride of Steel
Karen on Superman roller coaster
Karen Duquette rode the Superman roller coaster three times on this day.
Karen on Superman roller coaster
Superman roller coaster
Karen on Superman roller coaster
Karen on Superman roller coaster

Karen Duquette with Superman in the far background -- this helps show the height of the ride

Karen outside Superman
Note: The two RV Gypsies returned to Six Flags New England on August 3, 2011. Superman: Ride of Steel was re-done and became Bizarro, the peculiar creature from Htrae where inhabitants believe in doing the opposite of Earthly things. Since Lee is under doctors orders not to ride roller coasters anymore, Karen rode Bizarro several times alone on this date. In Karen's opinion, it is the only roller coaster worth riding here. Karen feels this way because in July 2011, the two RV Gypsies went to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio and Karen rode Top Speed Dragster (see video and photos in the USA 2011 RV tour). After riding Top Speed Dragster, Karen feels that most roller coasters are lame. This is only a personal opinion.
Karen Duquette rode Batman - The Dark Knight - This coaster climbs 117 feet in the air and will speed you along more than 2,600 feet of track at 55 mph in just 140 seconds.

Batman the ride

Length: 2600'
Height: 117' 10"
Inversions: 5
Speed: 55 mph
Duration: 2:20
Elements: Loop
Dive Loop
Zero-G Roll (Camelback)
Interlocking Corkscrews (Interlocking Flat Spins)

Karen on Superman roller coaster
Trains: 2 trains with 7 cars per train. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.
Karen Duquette is in the second row with an orange shirt on
Superman roller coaster
Karen on Superman roller coaster
Photos above: Superman on left of photo & Batman on right in each photo)
 Superman roller coaster
Superman roller coaster
Mind Eraser: Length: 2260' 6"
Height: 109' 3"
Inversions: 5
Speed: 49.7 mph
Duration: 1:36
Elements: Roll Over
Double In-Line Twist (Double Spin)

Trains: 2 trains with 10 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Riders must be between 52" and 80" to ride.

Karen also rode the "Mind Eraser"
Roller Coaster


mind eraser

Mind Eraser Roller coaster
Below: Lee Duquette thought the name of this ride was Tornado, but he was not sure -
It spun around in a circle, while tilting vertically and going higher and higher. Lee did not ride it.
another ride
Karen on the ride
Karen on the ride
Karen on the ride
a view of the ride from below
Karen on the ride
Karen on the ride
Karen on the ride
Karen Duquette returning to earth - and yes, she also rode this ride three times in a row.
the ride
coming back down to earth
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