Sunday, September 2, 2001 3:54 PM
I was searching the Internet today and I ran across "Arrow Pipeline Coaster" on one of the rollercoaster sites. This coaster sounds cool, but they say their problem is loading and unnloading guest. I really don't see how this could be a problem, not today anyways with transfer tracks and what have you. They could load them in a train, move the train onto the track and transfer the track over like they do on the Mr. Freeze ride. Tell me what you all think?
Sunday, September 2, 2001 4:24 PM
I'm pretty sure this is a ride Arrow has had on-site for awhile. Hadn't heard of loading/unloading problems before, I thought it was more of capacity and cost issues for an unproven prototype which possibly wouldn't have much appeal for the GP- -it seems like more of a ride for the hardy enthusiasts. After we see results from the 10-inversion Atlantis, maybe we'll see a park invest in a Pipeline. Smoothness of ride will be important, or there could be messy ride exits...(RCT joke).
*** This post was edited by gatorwoodie on 9/2/2001. ***
Sunday, September 2, 2001 4:35 PM
For those who aren't too familiar with the Arrow Pipeline:
This is a concept Arrow experimented with in the late 80's/early 90's. Around '90 a small prototype was built at their facility in Utah. There were 4 installed seats and the train had to be lifted by a crane each time.
The project was abandoned for many reasons (money for development near the top, I think Toomer said at Coastermania '99) Why is it not being pursued today? Probably because it is an obsolete concept thanks to the advances of other coaster firms. The current articulated trains, track configurations, and smooth transitions of other coaster companies allow coasters to do the types of maneuvers Arrow was trying to accomplish. In the end, I think the limitations of the pipeline design far outweighed the advantages for possible elements, resulting in its death.
Sunday, September 2, 2001 4:37 PM
It has been around for years. Only a few people have been able to ride the one out in utah, and they say it is awesome. I sure hope we see it soon.
Sunday, September 2, 2001 7:41 PM
I think it is a really cool concept myself. To be able to watch the tracks run beside you instead of under or above you. Plus you could get really creative with turns, and inversions.
Sunday, September 2, 2001 8:22 PM
One was going to be built. The only name it had was SW1 and SW2. Yup, AT's first 2 SWs were Arrow Pipelines. They got canned in favor of B&M's new ride, the inverted coaster. I don't know which would have been better, a creative layout inverted coaster, or a pipeline.
Hey, SFGAm management, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl?
Sunday, September 2, 2001 11:42 PM
Maybe the next time an ACE convention is in UTAH we can tour the facility and get a real treat...LOL!
rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you
Monday, September 3, 2001 5:40 AM
P>he reason the Pipeline was trashed was because, the test riders heads got to close to the track. You can see if you see the picture./P>
P>FON style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #dae1ed">I don't think this coaster is out of date, it looks pretty tight. It would be able to go at high speeds and do a true heartline roll plus all the other features coasters have. /P>
You are the Weakest Link, Goodbye.
Monday, September 3, 2001 6:10 AM
hey jephry, you need beginning arrows () before your HTML. It makes your posts look better. And what link are you referring to?
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