Chain or Elevator Lifts?

Monday, June 25, 2001 6:22 PM
Next generations of hypers to have elevator lifts? Do you like to take time going up on chain lifts for hypers or do you prefer to go up faster with elevator lifts. (Example Millennium Force).
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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:37 PM
I think what is used will be something decided by space. Isn't Millennium Force's lift hill steeper than normal, so a chain wouldn't work? On SD2K, because of the length of the lift, it has 2 chains.

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Everybodys got something to hide except for me and my monkey!
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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:39 PM
I would imagine SD2k having 2 chains. Could you imagine putting up a 600+ ft chain on a coaster? I cant

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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:53 PM
I find Expedition: GeForce interesting. It has an elevator lift, but the angle of assent is about the same as any other coaster.
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Jes
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:18 PM
EGF is at Holiday Park
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:37 PM
I wish it was at holiday world...
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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:44 PM
Intamin's president put it best at CoasterMania: It's just fewer moving parts, and that means less to break. That in turn means lower maintenance. It's really that simple.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Monday, June 25, 2001 9:48 PM
How bout no chain and use compressed air like Hypersonic;)

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Monday, June 25, 2001 11:36 PM
The two chains on Steel Dragon 2000 also allow it to have two trains on the lift at the same time, which ups capacity.

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Matt Lynch
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 2:53 AM

i'd like elevator lifts if at the very top they would slow down or stop, then the sudden momentum would come
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HurricaneGeauga- Just in case
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 4:20 AM
Then you would hear the anti-rollbacks grind into their tracks, then grind back out when the train moves again. That's a lot of wear on a safety device I'd rather not see.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 6:18 AM
Ooops, Sorry about that "Holiday World." My bad, I got the two confused.

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Jes
Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 6:53 AM
If I remember correctly, one of the other reasons they chose not to use a chain on MF was due to the weight. It would require extra support structures just for the chain.

I am not sure I have a preference for one or the other. I do like the variety though.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 7:58 AM
What coaster do you know of that would send more then one coaster up the lift at a time? Actually, maybe the elevator lift is a good safety feature.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 8:16 AM
I think the absense of the chain makes it seem even more modern and high teck.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 9:16 AM

PKI_MAN said:
"I would imagine SD2k having 2 chains. Could you imagine putting up a 600+ ft chain on a coaster? I cant
Why not? San Francisco has miles and miles of cable pulling around several loaded coaches over steep inclines simultaneously. Yah...they use cables...not chains. But it's not too difficult for me to make the jump.

But when the heights get large enough, the size of the lift hill makes an elevator cost effective...at some point.


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Forget about it. It can't be THAT bad!
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 9:31 AM
Jeff is right, elevator lifts cut back on maintance costs. Plus, if a park want to conserve space and have more capacity elevator lifts are the way to go because they can make the lift hill be at a much greater angle.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 3:54 PM
For short hills the proven technology of chain lifts makes sense. For really tall hills elevator lifts have advantages in weight, steepness of lift hill resulting in lover cost, moving parts, and speed (=capacity).
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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 4:03 PM
Not only that, but Imagine if a Silenced B&M had a elevator lift, that thing would be almost like a stealth coaster!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2001 7:22 PM
I don't think that chains being "proven" is a good reason to use them. The elevator lift is proven too, again with the benefits of reduced maintenance cost (not to mention cable is cheaper than chain to replace). Obviously Intamin is keen on this, since they used it on GeForce.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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