Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2001 6:14 AM | Contributed by Karl DeAngelo
Dreamworld continues to prepare their latest coaster, Cyclone, for a late December opening. Both the loop and Sidewinder were installed this past week.
Link: Twisted Rails
There are two trains, right? The Worlds Greatest Coaster Thrills DVD didn't go into THAT much detail of the ride.
Cyclone looks awesome, much better than in its old location which cramped it up. I would've preferred that they painted the track another colour as the old yellow track/white support scheme became boring. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers & the park saved money this way (by sticking with yellow paint.) I'm also very pleased it's staying in Aussie & not vanishing overseas.
I was suprised that my home park, Wonderland Sydney, didn't buy it & figured they'd rather spend the money on a newer ride. Word is they want the Southern Hemisphere record for the tallest coaster & as the park has a good relationship with Intamin, go figure! :) I sure hope this dream will come true.
There best option is to have Arrow (or Vekoma) provide a transfer track, a second six-car train, and reset the brakes (at the end of the ride to make sure the train doesn't over shoot the station)
Yeah, there is no transfer track. Perhaps another reason for 6 cars is the final braking run & station platform are too short to allow the extra car. See for yourself in this photo I took. The final brakes are in the tunnel before the station & the preliminary brakes are before the turn into the tunnel next to the trees in the upper middle of the photo. Inbetween those brakes, the train is travelling at about 10mph or more & you get slammed to the left - the most lateral Gs in the whole ride! :)
If that train hits the curve at 10 - 15 mph, like you said, Taipan, the brake before the station should be enough to aviod an overshoot.
Hey, how many trains does Thunderbolt have? Do you have a picture I can see? Im curious to see how similiar to Arrow it is, since Meshio track ties look pretty close to Arrows style
Thunderbolt at this time is running only one train, but when it first opened it was running two trains. Give me two weeks and I will show you some pics of the second train which has sat at the station transfere track for some years now. I have been told by the park that they alternate the trains week in and week out as to prolong the life. The trains could do with loosing the shoulder restraints in my opion as they make for a rough ride after the loops.
"Thunder from Down Under"
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