I think that if they are on the same track, they are one coaster. If they have two tracks, (whether mirror image or not) they should count as two. Most people won't agree with me, but that's there opinion.
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I would agree that if they are a single track, a.la. Kennywood's Racer, they are one ride. (Technically, if it's one big track, you'd have to ride TWICE to actually ride the whole coaster ONCE.)
CP's Gemini, I personally would count as one since the tracks are for all intents & purposes the same; I see the point though that if they are two separate tracks that they would be counted as two. How about Demon at PGA and Demon at SFGrAm, or any of the Vekoma clones? Exact same track, yes, but definitely would count as different coasters. I don't think anyone travelling from OH riding S:UE then going to CA to ride V2 would say they just rode one.
Single and double-track "racing" coasters, such as Gemini and Kennywood's Racer, are one coaster.
"Deuling" coasters, such as Dueling Dragons and Lightning Racer, count as two, since they're different layouts.
Again, that's my official stance. I certainly realize, though, that this argument can be made: "If you count double-track racing coasters as one coaster, why do you count each boomerang/Batman: The Ride/impulse coaster/etc. separately?"
The answer, my friends, is simple...
I don't know.
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You could count some "racer's" as "dueling" coasters to begin with. They are not Mirrors or clones, because you cant make two of the same exact tracks and put them side by side to race. I will use my Gemini in this instance.
Both tracks give 2 different ride experiences
Tracks vary in speed and banking, well illustrated by the 3rd turn. (Red Banks Higher)
I believe they are different length, but never heard it officially before. Why? The blue track I think is longer because it take's the outside on 2 wider radius turns. As we increase the radius, the outside track will travel father than it would on a smaller turn. The first turn(s) toward the lift are at a very small radius, and turn 3 may be smaller than both 2 and 4. Blue takes the outside on the bigger turns.
We count clones separately because we had to travel to get to them ;)
What if a park, for example; wanted to place 2 Vekoma Boomerangs in their park because of the low capacity. Would they be counted as 2 coasters? If the boomerangs at 2 different parks are counted as two coasters, then how come the park with 2 boomerangs could not count them as 2 coasters? IMHO, they should be able to count them as 2 coasters. Now apply this to a racing coaster.
Personally I don't really care. Though, it is fun analyzing stuff like this for fun. Yes, I have no life.
*** This post was edited by sfmmman2001 on 3/20/2001. ***
Gemini is debatable...the layout of the two halves is basically the same, but it has two independant ride systems - the two halves can function totally independant. Example: Gemini-red has a proximity sensor fail causing the safety system to 'set-up' (all brakes 'set', lift shuts down, controls lock out), Gemini-blue is totally unaffected, and cotinues to run normally...
In my opinion, the Gemini could be considered 2 rides, but for reasons diffrent than Dueling Dragons and Lightning Racer... ------------- CP ride host - *2000 - Cedar Downs crew, WildCat/LaserShow crew *2001 - Cedar Downs assistant team leader
*** This post was edited by CP-Dustin on 3/20/2001. ***
I count parallel tracks (Gemini, Colossus, S:TE[don't go there]) as one coaster. The subtle difference in track length is not enough (for me) to deliver a completely different ride experience.
If the tracks are sepreate (Gwazi, Twisted Sisters, Matterhorn) then it is 2.
sfmmman brings up a VERY good question. I would guess that if the queues were seperate and each was named differently, then they would be 2 coasters. If they used the same queue and had a single name (like "DoubleBoomer") then they would be one.
BTW: Number of angles that dance on the head of a pin = 2
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Soggy said: "I count parallel tracks (Gemini, Colossus, S:TE[don't go there]) as one coaster. The subtle difference in track length is not enough (for me) to deliver a completely different ride experience.
If the tracks are sepreate (Gwazi, Twisted Sisters, Matterhorn) then it is 2."
I agree. Only argument that makes sense
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