Coaster lingo.

Thursday, April 19, 2001 3:54 PM

Hi Buzzers and Buzzetts.

I was recently browsing a website that I randomly picked out from search results when I did a search for "Roller Coasters." It had a "Coaster lingo" section that caught my eye, so I figured that I'd check it out.

Well, I was browsing through the list thinking "I know all these" and I came across a "Bow-tie" element. I had never heard that until today and I was wondering what it was. I derived from the (kinda confusing) definiton that it was a sea serpent element. Am I wrong? Please correct me if so.

I also saw the word "Mobius" towards the bottom. Huh? They defined it as this:

A rare coaster layout where two trains race each other on parallel tracks, but each train arrives on the opposite station to which it left.

Now that just sounds like a racing coaster where they arrive on oppisite sides of the station. Am I wrong? It seemed a little confusing to me.

Here's the site:
To find the words I was talking about, click on the little "lingo" link on the left side of the site.

What are some of the coaster terms that you've heard that seem odd to you? Ones that you rarely or never have heard used.

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Thursday, April 19, 2001 4:02 PM
A bow-tie element can be found on a lot of coasters. I know there is one on Dragon Mountain. I think it is half a boomerang.

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Thursday, April 19, 2001 4:20 PM
A Mobius is a racing coaster that actually only has one long track. The track switches over itself one time during the ride, and thus the trains arrive on opposite sides of the station. While most "racing" rides, like Colossus at SFMM, have two separate tracks, the Mobius only has one circuit that gives the appearance of two. There are only three of these in the entire world--one being the Racer at Kennywood, and another being Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (I can't remember what the third is).

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Thursday, April 19, 2001 8:22 PM
Actually, technically, a mobuis is a one-sided three-dimensional figure. You can create one by taking a length of something flexible and flat, giving it a half-twist, and attaching the ends together. If you run your finger around the surface until you get back to the starting point, you will notice that there is only one surface. A coaster with a mobius configuration does the same thing...just like with the mobius shape, the coaster takes two passes to make a single circuit.

Arrow only built one coaster with a bowtie, Dragon Mountain at MarineLand. It's just a Boomerang element, except that the second Sidewinder is rotated so that the train exits the element in the same direction that it entered. (A Boomerang is really two Sidewinders set back to back).

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Thursday, April 19, 2001 8:28 PM
Here's a pic of the bowtie on Dragon Mountain:
Thursday, April 19, 2001 10:48 PM

Thanks for the pic. I thought that bowtie was just an other name for the sea serpent element like the one shown here on Medusa at Six Flags Marine World:

I pledge defiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republicans, whom I can't stand, one nation, under smog, indespicable, with liberty for just us, not all.
Friday, April 20, 2001 7:22 AM

RideMan said:
"(A Boomerang is really two Sidewinders set back to back)."

Actually a boomerang (in Arrow terms) is a dive loop followed by a sidewinder. But that's getting really techincal and petty...
Friday, April 20, 2001 7:58 AM
Looks more like a pretzel than a bowtie... :)

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