Sunday, January 7, 2007 7:20 PM
I was searching Google and as some of you may know, Google released a patent database. I typed in Bolliger and Mabillard and found some interesting documents and illustrations of roller coaster train construction and track assembly. I found two, the first is based on the Inverted coaster. http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT5272984&id=URQpAAAAEBAJ&dq=Bolliger+and+Mabillard
The second is based on the "clamshell" lap bars for B&M hypercoasters.
Some people might have already seen this, but I found the descriptions, illustrations, and submissions to the United States Patent Office very interesting.
Sunday, January 7, 2007 7:50 PM
1904! Based on a tumbling wheel hub? From the description, the hub acts as the wheel on the track and the seats balance themselves while the giant wheel rolls like a ferris wheel.
Monday, January 8, 2007 8:15 AM
(begin sarcasm)Yeah, because searching through patents is *exactly* how I want to spend my free time...(/end sarcasm)
Those paying attention will get that one. ;)
Monday, January 8, 2007 4:23 PM
In the offseason, some people need SOMETHING to do since they can't ride coasters (cue bill to say "well some of us can ;) )
Monday, January 8, 2007 6:03 PM
Well, I can't really use that as an excuse because I live in Tampa with a major park less than a mile away. I am just busy with school and such and can't go to theme parks whenever the fancy strikes.
Monday, January 8, 2007 8:43 PM
Well there is even a patent on a wooden inverted coaster lol
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 12:15 AM
^link to it?
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 7:35 AM
Hold on I have to look through the patent website.
Lol the patent even mentions the wooden supports creating a tunnel effect for the wooden inverted coaster lol.
here you go long link though
An amusement ride has a wooden running track realized by two wooden track structures and a support beam that is disposed above the two wooden track structures and that bridges the two wooden track structures. A passenger carrier (e.g., coaster car or train) has a frame structure with a first set of wheels mounted thereto that are adapted to run along the first and second wooden track structures during positive-g motion in addition to at least one seat that is suspended below the first set of wheels. This suspended wooden-coaster design provides a distinctive rough, noisy out of control feeling in addition to a distinctive feeling of freedom (and risk/danger), which are enjoyed by many roller coaster enthusiasts. "
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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 8:20 AM
In theory it sounds good, but in reality, it might be a maintaince disaster.
I couldn't get the media to work under "Images", so I don't know what any prelim drawings look like, but an inverted wooden is about as far fetched as a floorless stand-up... at least in terms of succession.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 9:48 AM
It is very interesting looking at how much the industry has progressed. Designers continue to create exciting and safe rides, but still never fail to be creative and keep the roller coaster a form of art.
I remember before S:UE at SFOG and AIR B&M wanted riders' arms to lay straight out much like Superman flew in movies. They wanted some sort of clam restraint like the ankle restraints. Sounds uncomfortable actually.
Friday, January 12, 2007 4:37 AM
I can't help but notice. One of the pictures of the inverted coaster, one guy is wearing a hat and another has his shoes untied. Interesting detail.