Martin's Fantasy Island &
Grand Island, New York
Negative-G 2012 Road Trip
May 26, 2012
As you can see by the Silver Comet's massively huge "Coaster Geek
Information Board" the ride opened in 1999 and it's fastest speed is 55mph
among other facts.
The Silver Comet is a steel structured wooden coaster. The benefits
for a small park like Martin's Fantasy Island is with the steel structure
there's a lot less wood that needs to be replaced every once in a while
thus reducing maintenance costs. The track is the traditional layered
wood with flat steel for rails so it's still considered a wooden coaster.
Like the Silver Comet's colorful sign it's trains are a rainbow of colors;
none of them silver though.
The Silver Comet was designed to create a similar ride to the legendary
Crystal Beach Comet that once was stored at Martin's Fantasy Island.
During the "Two Flags Over Niagara" era Charles Wood purchased Crystal Beach's
Comet when that park closed and it's rides were auctioned off. He
intended to rebuild it here but instead it sat here for a few years before
heading to Wood's
Escape to come alive again there.
After Wood sold the Park to Martin the idea to have a Comet like ride finally
came to fruition when the park hired Custom Coasters International in 1998
to build the Silver Comet for their 1999 season.