GAm. inspired questions

Saturday, June 29, 2002 9:24 PM

I was just at GAm. and thought of a couple things semi-related.

a) How does the V2 at SFMW work? Does it fully clear the twist every time?

b) How do bumper cars work? It looks like power is coming from the mesh ceiling, but where's the return?

c) The storage track for RB didn't look like it had rails. How does the train go on and is this the same for all B&M hypers?

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A rollercoaster? What's that?

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Sunday, June 30, 2002 6:16 AM

a) No it doesn't clear the twist on any of the runs since there is no track after the twist. The first launch forward it makes it halfway up, the second forward launch makes it to the top (almost) and the final trip it makes it halfway.

b) the return (or how the circuit is completed) is through the floor.

c) I am not sure what you mean the storage track had no rails...do you mean rails connecting it to the main track? If so, that is correct. Look at the section of track between the storage track and the station. You will notice that it rests on a set of gear-like sections. It can go to either side of the centerline. What happens is the train is brought onto that transfer section, stopped, then rolled into position in front of either storage section and then the train is rolled onto the storage track.

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Posting, "Me too" like some brain dead AOLer. I ought to to the world a favor, and cap you like old yeller...

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Sunday, June 30, 2002 9:00 AM

Thanks for a) and b).

Still don't really understand how the return is through the floor (it's rubber, right?).

c) I understand the transfer table, but the actual place where the trains go in the shed does not have any rails for the train to rest upon. They go a few feet into the shed and then taper off.

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A rollercoaster? What's that?

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Sunday, June 30, 2002 11:43 AM
all B&M's seem that way, I noticed it on Iron Wolf too they have two ends of rails and some vinyl wheels it'd be interesting to see how that all works.

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Tuesday's Gone With The Wind.
Elijah Rock.
Is it written in the stars?
La Vie Boheme!!!

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Sunday, June 30, 2002 12:36 PM
The floor on bumper cars is metal. The screen above provides the juice and the floor completes the circuit. This also makes it safe to walk on the floor even if the power is on, your body would typically not "complete the circuit"

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