Long live the Big Bad Wolf
Bolliger/Mabillard for President in '08 NOT Dinn/Summers
Also kinda cool how, OTHER than rides, WA is more geared to animals, Cypress more toward plants. Never noticed that complementary nature before....hmmmmmm. ;)
From all that I can tell, Starliner is going be one HEAPING helping of gravy, though. Might well become the best woodie in the state...again. :)
You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)
Construction Update May 13th, 2007!
Whats new today with Starliner construction... the far end turn has 47 degree banking.
The ride was originally designed by John Allen to have a maximum banking figure of 36 degrees. In a sequence which may have played out as a foreshadowing of the much greater troubles with the Beast a decade and a half later, it was felt by somebody that this was insufficient banking, and the outer ring of track was subjected to a crude but apparently effective system of shims which pushed the maximum banking angle up to 41 degrees (plus or minus) (even while the ledgers carried the 36 degree angle maximum). Since all of John Allen's original banking angles were stated as multiples of three, we reasoned that the intent was for 42 degree banking. That was the last figure I heard was being used, not 47 degrees.
Thanks as always for the updates!
More and more, everything I'm *hearing* about the "new and improved Starliner" sounds yummy! Still, do we have anything definitive vis-a-vis the Dragon's mouth?
LOVE to see that uber-sweet tunnel make a triumphant return - name the Dragon Ellie, "the Nessie of Lake Eloise"... ;)
LOL, Rob had to jump in and mess up my ^arrows^. Now I'll never make it to >>Kennywood>>! :)
*** Edited 5/14/2007 2:06:29 PM UTC by rollergator***
Are there any other changes being made to the ride as it's being rebuilt in Winter Haven, major or minor?
John Fetterman said:
Since all of John Allen's original banking angles were stated as multiples of three, we reasoned that the intent was for 42 degree banking. That was the last figure I heard was being used, not 47 degrees.
Thanks as always for the updates!
Thanks for the clarification on the angle of the far end turn around. I am only going by what I was told by a person at the park. Hope everybody enjoys the photo coverage of the Starliner.
They've made a lot of progress since my last visit there a few weeks ago! I am looking forward to my next visit to see even more progress in person, and of course I am looking forward to eventually getting to ride.
I have fond memories of making several daytrips to Miracle Strip that final 2004 season to say goodbye, which was only about 4.5 hours away from my then home in New Orleans.
I knew I'd be saying goodbye FOREVER to the park, but was hoping that somehow, someway the coaster could be saved.
Since then, I've had to sadly (and unexpectedly) say goodbye to Astroworld and Texas Cyclone, Myrtle Beach Pavillion and Hurricane, and, barring a one in a million miracle, my then-home park of SFNO and Megazeph.
But, thanks to Cypress Gardens, at least one beloved woodie that I have a history of riding will have new life and a happy ending.
And for that I am VERY grateful, to ALL who are involved in saving this great classic woodie! :)
Frontrider *** Edited 5/17/2007 4:14:41 PM UTC by Frontrider***
Here's a new update from Greg. Looks like the far end turn around has some new track work added to it and Starliner is now expecting a Late June opening.
MANY thanks to CoasterFan914 and Johnny U. (not the Unitas guy, LOL) for all the updates and pics...long live the Starliner!
Oh, thanks also to Kent B. and Cypress for re-building the ride... ;)
*** Edited 5/23/2007 1:43:18 AM UTC by rollergator***
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