There will only be six trains, and the first two will just run twice. I hope this doesn't truly hinder the capacity of the ride. One this big will have tons of people. I wonder why they had to do this. Believe me, they wouldn't if they didn't have to.
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Very weird. Upon viewing video of the testing (downlaoded before I knew where it came from) they were only running 4 car trains (12 passengers), and it seemed pretty slow.
Obviously they are doing this because they have to...so: Why?
1. Launch mech not up to launching 16 people? Doesn't seem likely, especially since they said somewhere about purchasing an oversized system and not running it near max speed.
2. Too intense neg. Gs in the back of a 16 person train? I only considered this after rememebr the extreme difference between the front and back of Hypersonic.
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Well if they really are running four car trains, then they must have known they were going to do this for a while. They would have to order two more front and backs to the trains, and I'm sure those can't be made in a jiffy then sent to the US.
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Yes, pics on the website show the 16 passenger trains on the track. The change/decision must have been recent. Why? So are they going to have 6 spare middle cars in storage now? ------------------ - "I used to be in the audio/visual club, but I was kicked out because of my views on Vietnam........and I was stealing projectors" - Homer Simpson
1. The launching mechanism may need 'broken in'. For example, in the owners manual of a new car, you can usually find a section that states to 'not run the vehicle over 55 mph for the first 500 miles'. It's possible that the launching mechanism may need to be treated this way, with the equivalent of a train section being removed temporarily.
2. A mis-calculation in the weight of the train and the power of the launching mechanism. Doubtful
3. A mis-calculation in the forces applied to the rider. Also unlikely.
4. An 'unexpected' error-problem. This isn't probable either since most of the kinks should have been worked out on Xcelerator.
So, the best scenario would be a case like #1.
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Good point....which raises the quiestion of just how permenant this is. I guess we will maybe find out something. If it's setup and blocked for 16 people trains, we can only guess that it is temporary or a last-minute change.
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