Bobsleds are underrated

Thursday, August 7, 2003 12:28 PM
My bestfriend and I went to Arlington a few days ago. It was so much fun. Is it me, or are bobsleds totally underrated. I thought their bobsled was so awesome. The entire roaring effect improved the ride as well. Anyways, I also wanted to know how they can operate safely. That ride has been at that park forever, and I dont think that it has flipped over. How do they disign a ride that can stay upright, even though the weight changes each time? I know that sounds confusing, but I just dont know how to word it correctly. Im sure someone will understand what I am saying. please answer. thanks

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Thursday, August 7, 2003 12:37 PM
I would imagine that it's based on the same design principles used to keep people from flopping out of waterslides. They probably design with a range of weight variables...kinda like designing regular coasters to make it through the course safely regardless of the weight of the train, tempurature, humidity etc.

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Friday, August 8, 2003 7:01 AM
The train/car can't swing out off the half pipe shaped track, no matter how much the car weighs. There are wheels on the sides of the train/car that would hit the guard rail on the sides of the track.

The train/car doesn't jump up off the track because the rides are made to have no negative g experiences.

Friday, August 8, 2003 8:11 AM
I have only rode the one at Kings Dominion, but I also found it to be a fun, unique coaster experience.

He isnt suggesting that the train would jump off the track, but rather whether or not it could flip over. I have wondered that about these coasters too.

I imagine what they have done is figured out at what banking angle the coaster would need to be for it to possibly flip over, then they design the ride in such a way that it never reaches or comes close to reaching that angle.

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*** This post was edited by jdancisin 8/8/2003 12:13:59 PM ***

Friday, August 8, 2003 12:55 PM
I like 'em, too. I'll take Disaster Transport over Mantis any day of the week. (Except Thursday.)

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Friday, August 8, 2003 3:07 PM

^ Best bobsled ever... best colors, best layout, best location/terrain. ugh... SFMM so needs to get another Bobsled and base it off that one.


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