Bobsled questions

Monday, February 4, 2002 12:06 PM
Got a few questions about a bobsled coaster.

1:How does it sway back and forth?whats keeping it on track?

2:How does it go up the lift but then go down and start swaying freely back and forth?

3:What does its wheel assembly look like?

If anyboyd has any pics of the track and the car please show me.

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Monday, February 4, 2002 12:11 PM
1. The center of gravity causes free movement. It stays in 'the bowl' by design. The car/train is too heavy to 'pop out'.

2. It uses a chain lift mechanism, like a coaster.

3. It has 'runner' wheels, which bear the brunt of the weight. There are some side-guide wheels to stabilize the vehicle on certain models.

The originals worked a hell of a lot better than the ones today. The trains would cook on the wood surface when it heated up.

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Monday, February 4, 2002 12:12 PM
it works pretty much like a log flume with the troff.
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*** This post was edited by FoF on 2/5/2002. ***

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Monday, February 4, 2002 12:13 PM
So on the lift theres just like a track of metal for the guide wheels to rest on?
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Monday, February 4, 2002 1:10 PM
Here is a pic of the car (GTTP)

http://www.guidetothepoint.com/thepoint/gallery/img.asp?img=cp99dtcar.jpg&des=One+of+the+bobsled-style+vehicles+of+Disaster+Transport.

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Monday, February 4, 2002 2:26 PM
Just so you know, yes it's completely unnerving, especially on the Mack bobsled (Avalanche at PKD) which has a lot of give. Still, it's a heck of a lot of fun. Since I only rode Disaster Transport at CP once, I can't compare the Intamin bobsled too well.-------------
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Monday, February 4, 2002 4:37 PM
Disaster Transport's cars are totally different than PKD's Avalanche cars.On Avalanche you are seated 2 to a car in tandem and it sure can get unbearable if you've got a rather large person riding with you especially when you're sitting in the back and they are sitting in the front right on top of you.
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Monday, February 4, 2002 5:43 PM
PKD's was very impressive, the best I've been on. See it here:
http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery282.htm
The older ones (like Flying Turns) appeared to have fully rotational casters similar to an office chair. Has anyone seen Euclid's car on dispaly at the mall up there?
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Monday, February 4, 2002 7:09 PM
I've been on the same two bobsleds as Intamin Fan, and also have one ride on DT...eerie!  Anyhow, I really liked AR and would like to get another bobsled or two in this summer...longer track lengths are appreciated!  Unfortunately, I don't see too many installations in the future...
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Tuesday, February 5, 2002 10:05 AM
Where is SFMM's Sarajevo Bobsled at now? Those were a blast!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2002 10:06 AM
ill have to find my pictures of the Alpine Bobsled at Great Escape. if i find them ill scan them and add a link so you can see what it looks like.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2002 12:20 PM
BassHedz, the Sarajevo Bobsleds from SFMM are now at SFoT, named La Vibora, with a cool snake-like paint job...
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