Well assuming even a speed of 5mph at the top of the lift and a 70ft drop, I got around 67.54ft/s or 46 mph. So that is an upper bound, since there is frictional losses, but a top speed of 46mph or a little less would be safe to assume. Great to see this ride being almost ready to open, a john allen classic. Its always great to see a wooden coaster rebuilt and saved from being abandon or torn down. Phoenix comes to mind as a prime example of a ride that not only was saved, but has gone on to have a prosperous new life as it now is in most top 10 list.
Thanks for the interesting explanation, John. It's always nice to hear from someone that doesn't just pretend to have the answers but does have the answers!
I always wondered how the heights of old coasters were determined, since I'm fairly certain that accurate records weren't kept throughout the years (especially after a coaster was built). How is it that some parks are very accurate about the heights of their coasters, like 78' 9"? Is the height of the bent measured, or is the measurement to the top of the track (which likely sits higher than the top of the bent)? How about footers- does a 3' footer add 3' to the height of the ride?
I'm telling you Starliner had *THE* best tunnel bunny hop known to mankind when it was at MSAP. It threw me up on top of the seat divider! I don't suppose that will be happening ever again now. Too bad about the individual lap bars. Knoebels Phoenix is the only other woodie that's ever produced a similar effect on me.
I survived a Japanese typhoon and the Togo flat ride of death!!!!!!
Well, I have to say, if that video showing off the "NEW" trains for Starliner is accurate, then the trains will be equipped with single lapbars. You can definitely see, without a doubt, the lapbar, just as easily as you can see those god awful hollowed out concrete seat dividers.