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Newly discovered historic ride footage coming to the National Roller Coaster Museum

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives (NRCMA) in Plainview, Texas — a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts and memorabilia — is debuting never-before-seen, newly-restored historic ride footage from the collection of the Arrow Development Company, the amusement industry pioneers that built some of the most celebrated roller coasters created from 1959 to 2001.

National Roller Coaster Museum Arrow Footage
Photo courtesy of the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives

During American Coaster Enthusiasts’ “West Texas Roundup” event on July 3-4, 2021, in Wonderland, Texas, the NRCMA will premiere recently-preserved 1:4-scale corkscrew model test footage from their Arrow film collection, which consists of film reels, tapes, and DVDs. The footage was donated by roller coaster manufacturer S&S Sansei of Logan, Utah, who purchased Arrow’s assets in a bankruptcy sale in 2002. Hundreds of additional hours of the donated footage still require digitalization and preservation.

“To be able to preserve and then share this footage with fans around the world is an absolute thrill,” says NRCMA historian Richard Munch. “By digitizing these incredibly rare films, we will be able to tell the history of the roller coaster that much better, to a much larger audience than ever before.”

Click here for more information about the National Roller Coaster Museum and check out a sneak peek of the Arrow test footage below:

Arrow Development Corkscrew Model Testing | National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives

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