Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:00 AM | Contributed by CoasterAaron
The Indianapolis Star recently published a story about the backyard roller coaster in southern Indiana. The coaster took two years to build, and has a top speed of 25 mph. The ride will be featured on Ripley's Believe It Or Not in the fall of 2002.
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Did you see the wheel assembly on that coaster car?
There's about a 2 inch or so gap between the rail and the bottom wheel. It might be nit-picking, but I wonder if that coaster creation of his is smooth or not.
Also... if there's enough speed to make it all the way to the lift and go back up again... how do you stop? Is there a breaking period, or do you do it the ol' Fred Flintstone method and use your feet or hands to try and stop, or do you just jump off before it reaches the lift again??
Great creation, but it still can slight improvements for maximum effiency.
Dawg, I'm glad you are such a coaster-engineer expert...I think when you build your own you will have a right to critique what this man did on his own. And for the record...Uplift wheels (as you referred to them "the bottom wheel") do not always actually touch the track at all points...I suggest taking a look at coasters and their wheel assembly most cloesly before you consider a 'gap' in between the rail and the wheels as something 'bad.' You'll find MANY coasters are like that...including those SMOOTH B&Ms....geez...I hope they know that gap there will make it rough! ;)
I wish I had one of those in my backyard anyone who want to ride it from my neighbor would have to pay 5 dollars. That looks like it took a lot of hard work . Dawgbyte II, I think it has more than enough speed to go through the loopscrew and down the helix but I don't know how they stop it I went to their website before but I forgot what they said about stopping it.
I've heard of childhood dreams, but this is ridiculous! :)
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CoastaFreak: I'm pretty sure they're called upstop wheels. They do touch at all times on B&M's, that's what makes them so silky smooth. They're springloaded so that all wheels stay in contact with the running rails and track well, unlike old Arrow coaster that do have a gap, which are a it rougher/
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There is probably some type of hand or foot brake in the car, like some of the older coasters, they did say on the webcite, that if you do not stop in the "station" you do not need the lift for it has enough speed to go back up itself.
And as far as then up-stop wheels are concerned, I've never seen a gap that big between the up-stops and the runnig rails.
Yeah, you're wrong...they don't touch all the times on all the B&M's...I know there are B&M's that are spring loaded, but not all of them are...that was my point. I'm not going to name examples...just look...you'll see. And umm...depending on who you talk to...they are uplift or upstop...one in the same...ever hear of that? (one thing's for sure, they aren't 'the bottom wheels' when you are critiquing someone else's hard work) ;)
*** This post was edited by CoastaFreak on 4/24/2002. ***