Intamin Fan said:I think rablat5 has got the right answer. The big problem with using a curved station is that you can't use fin-braking.
Not everybody would consider that a "problem!"
The old-timey woodies with hand-operated brakes seem to fit this mold....I'm thinking of Starliner, Waldameer's Comet, Kiddieland's Little Dipper, and Wyandot's Sea Dragon all had the kind of station that "wrapped around" the operators platform. I don't think that's all of this type, but they were all pretty similar in that regard, IIRC...sometimes I don't. ;)
While I personally like skid brakes for their gentile stops, there are a few issues with them. First off, in general, the brake runs are longer and more gradual versus fin brakes. Second, they are much more succeptable to moisture problems during rains which can result in trains not stopping. Because of these two problems, they are generally not considered for newer installations. But, as it has been duly noted, if the brake run is curved or the station is curved, you can not use fin brakes. Thus, skid breaks are used on Twister, Comet, Hershey Park Comet and the others that we have mentioned.
Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park is another with skid brakes. Depending on the strength of the Ride Op, sometimes they stop you too quick and then they are forced to Push/Pull you the rest of the way into the station. *** Edited 3/21/2007 11:31:53 PM UTC by Jason Hammond***