Sunday, January 5, 2003 8:58 AM
The Boss at sfsl has the greatest layout of any woddie i can think of. Its just awesome to be soaring into the woods at 66 miles an hour, and the double down first drop! WOW!, the only downside of the ride is the g trains, they give such a wicked ride. what could be improved on these trains do you guys think?
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Sunday, January 5, 2003 9:09 AM
#1 most important thing they could do to those trains would be to replace all of the seat padding with something a whole lot softer. The trouble with that is that it would require a bit of a redesign for the seats because the soft molded urethane pads would self-destruct in that application...they really need to switch from urethane to sponge rubber, and that means constructing backing plates for the cushions. Unfortunately it might also require some kind of seat divider as well, as they would lose the molded seat bench. Hmmm...I don't know that much about upholstery...

Beyond that, there are some other issues with those trains, apparently something having to do with the protrustion of the up-stop wheels into the sides of the track. There are places on most coasters with Gerstlauer trains where you can see gouges below the rails put there by the bearing caps of the upstop wheels. If the upstops didn't protrude quite as far, it might fix that problem.

Just my opinions..

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Sunday, January 5, 2003 9:17 AM
Simple.....sell them and get some of those sweet Millennium Flyers (or a nice PTC I suppose) :)

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Sunday, January 5, 2003 9:33 AM
If enough people wrote six flags, would they put new trains on the boss, i would love to see millennium flyers, but it would never happen, GCI wont just give them up, and PTCs would be nice, sfsl should just switch the eagle and the bosss trains
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Sunday, January 5, 2003 12:06 PM

Peabody said:
Simple.....sell them and get some of those sweet Millennium Flyers (or a nice PTC I suppose)

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- "I used to be in the audio/visual club, but I was kicked out because of my views on Vietnam........and I was stealing projectors" - Homer Simpson



I'm not saying that you made any wrong statements, but GCI only uses their trains, on their coasters. Example, origonally asked GCI to make the trains for SoB. GCI said no, it wasn't their ride, plus didn't want to spend time to modify their current ones to suit the needs restraits, guage, and all other things that make the current trains "special." Just had to get that out for people to read.

Now PTCs I wouldn't mind at all.......

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Sunday, January 5, 2003 12:31 PM
Lots of companies turned down the SOB project because you simply cannot make a traditional wooden coaster that large smooth with *any* trains. I'm sure all those companies saw the stupidity in the project and said "no."

GCI absolutely *will* sell their Millennium Flyers to parks that want them. The problem is that they're expensive as heck, and no parks have seen that replacing the trains would be worth the cost, especially with other options available (PTC's).

-Nate

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Sunday, January 5, 2003 2:02 PM

GCI's trains are specifically made for their track construction style, not someone elses. There is no way they would put a flyer train on something other than what it was intended to run on. Call them up and ask them. I'm sure they would put a train on another coaster, as long as they were allowed to retrack it ;)

I don't think the G trains are that bad, its just SF maintenance on these tracks that cause them to run much worse than they should. Last time I was there the Boss' running rails were rusted red and so dry it made the ride very rough and unbearable.

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