Tuesday, December 16, 2003 7:53 PM
Hershey has provided us with another update on Storm Runner. There's nothing terribly exciting, but it does help put a little bit more perspective of the path of the coaster. In one of the photos you can see the pirate ship in the background.
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 9:46 PM
In case you want the address, it's here
. The hydraulics room is coming along. There's some snow on the ground, but I don't think it's really slowing them down.
Anyone know how that dual station is going to work (it's got a dual station, right?)? Will a piece of track switch around to the two stations to move the train onto the track just like a transfer track section, or do you think they'll go with the cool, flipping, X-Flight-like track?
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 10:28 PM
Damn.. This is gonna be one hot coaster man.. I'd sure love to get up there and ride it one day.
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 10:33 PM
I have some other pictures if anyone wants to see them drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or IM me at theoneglennard.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 1:15 AM
I wonder if with all this snow and ice up for the People in the north when they will get it open! I would luv to ride it!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 6:13 AM
When I was there Saturday they seemed to be doing pretty well for mid-December. There was all kinds of supports and track laying out in the parking lot. The part where the drop bottoms out looks pretty dug out and there's a back-hoe (or whatever you call those) sitting down in the ditch and there's footers scattering the area.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 7:06 AM
Seems they've also gotten the track piece mounted that will allow for dual stations. I'm guessing once they get that work done on the motor house, you should see the verticle construction really start to take shape.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 9:16 AM
Me excited!! Me Excited!! WOOHOOO! Its going to be so pretty!
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:38 AM
My guess would be it would be a switched dual station like California Screamin.
Thursday, December 18, 2003 6:45 PM
When you say a dual station, you mean the track switches from one side to the other, taking trains from both? does this increase capacity?
Thursday, December 18, 2003 6:55 PM
super 7 is right. It's going to have two pieces of track that will flip for either platform. Just like CA Screamin, Batwing, and X Flight.
Thursday, December 18, 2003 7:05 PM
C-punk - CA Screaming's dual station link doesn't flip, it slides side-to-side. Storm Runner will slide as well.
Thursday, December 18, 2003 7:55 PM
For reference purposes, Batwing and X-Flight "flip" in a manner reminiscent of a RR switch. Mr. Freeze (the one at StL at least) "slides" along, with tractor-type drives that reminded me of a tank.
I have not seen CA Screamin', but I have reasonable confidence in Moosh, LOL...sounds like it may be a somewhat different mechanism than Freeze though...esp. considering the manufacturers...;)
Thursday, December 18, 2003 8:10 PM
I'm with Moosh and say it's definitely a sliding transfer because in one pic you can see both of the curved 'transfer' tracks and some horizontal rail below them.
Thursday, December 18, 2003 8:49 PM
oops I forgot what CA Screamin did Moosh it's been a while since I was out there. Moosh is right though it will slide. On this pic you can see the beams the track will slide on. http://www.hersheyfire.org/storm_runner__november_4_2003.htm
To think I was working on Storm Runner a few days (on the hyraulic shed) and looked at that section probably a dozen times and never gave it much thought!
Saturday, December 20, 2003 2:07 PM
I wish the Storm Runner Picture page would be updated. I'v been checking for weeks, but... nuthin. *** Edited 12/20/2003 7:08:55 PM UTC by Coasterjosh***