Dragster station starting to come up

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 12:52 PM
I just checked the webcam, and they're starting to build the station! Looks awesome so far.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 12:57 PM
Nice. I can't wait to see the final product. It's really a beautiful design.

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-Vater
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 12:57 PM
Indeed! It is coming along nicely.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 1:16 PM
Pictures can also be seen on the Top Thrill Dragster site.
http://www.topthrilldragster.com/public/inside_park/rides/thrill/ttd/photo/index.cfm

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 2:05 PM
Just a question...

Does Intamin make the station house or is that a whole separate company who designs the station?

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 2:53 PM
Wow seeing the first picture on the CP website you can really see how few of trees there are. You can see all the way through to the screen for the summer spectacular almost perfectly. I know its winter and the trees dont have leaves but wow they took out a lot of trees. O well though, im still happy about the ride.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 3:31 PM
good to see they ditched the tents.... i being from the midwest can attest that it's FINALLY warming up around here! almost 40 degrees today hehe.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 3:40 PM
The stations are generally designed by somebody else.

In those photos, did you notice all of the prox switches along the track? There must be 30 to 40 there on the turn around. Looks like they'll be moving pairs of trains at a time, as we theorized.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 3:54 PM
Unreal. I hope they move 2 at a time. It seems like a great way to keep the capacity up!
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 4:01 PM
Is it me or are there like 10 million prox switches on that turnaround?!

EDIT: Okay, so Jeff beat me to that observation :oP

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James Draeger
-Captain Sarcasm (aka Sour Boy)
*** This post was edited by Draegs 2/19/2003 9:01:53 PM ***

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:37 PM
I think there will only be one unload section. There doesn't seem to be enough room for another area.

I don't think the trains will move in pairs.

I think that the launch position will wait for the next block to clear before launching. Next, there will be a que position for a train to wait to move into the launch position. Next there is load 1. This will be filled with passengers and send forward as soon as it's ready and the next block is clear. The load 2 fills up at the same times as load 1, and it gets sent forward when the next block is clear. Each cycle in the load will be in pairs. Then there will be one unload. the train goes in, unloads, then moves forward as soon as possible. When that train moves out, another moves in. then there are several more blocks in the brake run.

There will be more than a minute to load each train in the load station, but half that time to unload. This is fine since unloading takes very little time since the lapbars don't need to be checked.


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Last 2002 public ride on MF's front row

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:59 PM
here is a nice little article that tells about the different set of blocks on TTD

http://www.virtualmidway.com/rides/topthrilldragster_f2d.asp

As you can see that there will be 2 unload stations and 2 load stations

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003 7:14 PM
Yeah, i noticed all the proxy switches too!

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 4:08 AM
It Is already Definite that the trains will go one at a time, the banner at the top of the Cedar Point website shows it.
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 4:41 AM
Sweetspeed-

Trains will move in pairs throughout the entire course of the ride. The only time this won't happen is during the launch portion. While one train is launching the other will wait behind it in a "staging block." But as for moving the trains into the station, unloading them, and moving them out of the station and to the launch area...that will all happen in pairs.

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James Draeger
-Captain Sarcasm (aka Sour Boy)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:26 AM
Moving trains together through overlapping blocks is a skill that they mastered on Millennium Force. When the front train dispatches, the one in unload and standby move in right before it, before the block proper is clear. In the interest of time, they had to do it this way. There is no reason to have that many switches otherwise.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
"The world rotates to The Ultra-Heavy Beat!" - KMFDM

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 6:06 AM

Sweetspeed said:
It Is already Definite that the trains will go one at a time, the banner at the top of the Cedar Point website shows it.

Folks, *THAT* is comedy! :)

Joe, who will take whatever the banner on CP says as Gospel...meaning the tower structure will in fact "glitch" after every launched train ;)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 1:03 PM
Raptor, and Mantis have some degree of "overlapping." Millennium Force does it quicker than the others. I think that TTD will do it very quickly. For instance, the controler would know where the trains go, so it probably will move all the trains that will move simultaneously instead of sequentially like the other coasters.

Coaster-Freak, Dave Althoff made a reasonable educated guess. I doubt that there will be two unloads. Unloading takes a fraction of the time as loading so one station is enough.

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Last 2002 public ride on MF's front row

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 1:17 PM
Ehh...

The closest any B&M coaster's trains will ever come to actually overlapping is that a train holding in the waiting block (usually the transfer table) might enter the station after the train ahead of it moves half way out of the station. This is something they didn't even start doing until somewhere around 1997. B&M are very strict on controlling ever last aspect of each train's journey and to say they overengineer their safety systems would be an understatement.

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James Draeger
-Captain Sarcasm (aka Sour Boy)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 1:26 PM
Hey, anyone remember the time the incoming train on Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England collided with the train ahead of it?

Intamin is cool.

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