Big Boom at Nasu Highland Park Question

Thursday, December 15, 2005 7:35 PM
I was browsing RCDB and I came across this coaster that opened in 1987 and was built by Meisho.

I noticed that the first drop is very steep, and wondered if anyone knows the actual degree. Was it a world record? Here's the picture: http://rcdb.com/ig1730.htm?picture=9

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Thursday, December 15, 2005 8:26 PM
Yes I believe it was for quite some time! Quite spectaular to see the rear car whipped down that thing!
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Thursday, December 15, 2005 10:23 PM
Even scarier is what appears to be a side-friction tire braking system. That thing looks like a death trap!
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Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:13 PM
That hill coming into the station is nothing to be laughed at either. I wonder if the tires operate on the same principles as a skid-brake (similar to Beast at PKI) or if they are controlled by the ride system to slow the train by changing the speed of the tires.
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Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:47 PM
I noticed the tire braking system as well, it is pretty interesting. The whole coaster looks pretty scary.

It's just a guess, but I'd say it uses the same principle as a skid break. As big as that last hill is, using the ride system to control tire speeds wouldn't leave much room for error.

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Friday, December 16, 2005 7:23 AM
I've no idea exactly how steep the drop is, but I can tell you that it's extremely painful in the rear of the train if you've got long legs :)
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