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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:33 PM
Cool. I'm anxious to see how these trains affect the dynamics of the ride.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:56 PM
I'll just be glad if the ride is no longer a POS without the PTCs

Chuck, who didn't enjoy his lapbar springing bone jaring rides a couple years ago.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:09 PM
I just hope the ride does not loose its pacing...

Wildcat is by far my favorite woodie, even on it's roughest of days. Just an amazing ride all around...

But I do prefer the room with the MF trains.. Being 6'6" tall these trains give me plenty of legroom which I love. PTC's can suck sometime.

So yeah, I just hope they track just as fast or faster with this trains!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:12 PM
I'm with ya on that, Steve. Hopefully the ride will be even more intense than it was before. :)
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:18 PM
I have received news that Renegade's trains are almost complete (The Frame I Mean) and Renegade will be ready by opening day.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:46 PM
^ I hope so. I plan to be there opening day, rain or shine. :)
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 5:35 PM
Those new Wildcat trains look great. Can't wait to ride! Only 6 more weeks till opening day.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 6:00 PM
One of Renegades trains is almost finished, only the running boards, trim, knee guard, and nerf bars are left. The other train has a alot to be done yet.

The Millennium Flyers went on a diet over the winter and now weigh the same as what was on The Cat so it should keep the same pacing but deliver a shuffleless ride now.

The main concern of a Lead Coach sitting in your living room would be if your floor could support it. Money would be second after it crashed thru to your basement! :)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 6:23 PM
Interesting. I wonder how that will change things. I'm sure it will at least further reduce wear and tear on the structure though. So all of the new Millennium Flyer trains weigh less than the old ones now or was this just a special modification for the Cat? I'm guessing it's a permanent change simply for the potential decrease in wear and tear as I already mentioned.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 7:04 PM
If the MFlyers weigh the same, wouldn't the Wildcat go just a little bit faster?

I do like PTCs, they're really comfy and all, but the GCII layouts are just SO twisted ;) - that there is some inevitable *track-smacking* that SHOULD go down somewhat. I'm not thinking it would be a BIG difference, but for some of us...LOL, we know who we are...a half-second IS a difference we can feel.

I am really looking forward to some night-rides. :)

P.S. I live in FL, the weight of a coaster car would probably do just fine on my concrete slab...LOL! ;)
*** Edited 3/21/2007 11:06:24 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 7:30 PM
I sure do wish they were coming to the Boardwalk Bullet at Kemah.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 8:05 PM
The new MFlyer trains weigh the same per seat as the PTCs, but are lighter in comparision to the old MFlyers.

Also, we have exclusive pics of the Wildcat trains on the track at Hershey. Visit our site to see the exclusive photos.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 8:34 PM
Bill, think of riding a woodie like Dania Beach Hurricane with a full train then with an almost empty train. There's huge difference in the airtime department due to a decreased speed caused by a lack of weight in the train. Although in ideal frictionless physics, weight has no effect, in the real world, weight helps you overcome losses due to friction.

That said, I'd guess an old MF train would run faster than a new MF train. My guess is the MF trains were redesigned for Wildcat, because the "current" MF trains would have gone *too* fast on Wildcat. ;)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:13 PM
Matt, I think I must have been unclear. The basis for my argument is that "given equal weight", the MFlyers should go a little faster because they navigate the turns with less impact on the side rails.

If I were to rank in order of overall speed, my guess would be that "heavy" MFlyers would be fastest, "light" MFlyers second, and PTCs third. Because, as you say, heavier IS faster... ;)

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Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:15 PM
I got my first rides on the Wildcat today. It tracks alot better then it did but from 10 years of the other trains shuffling around you can still notice it in the turns that haven't been retracked. It's nowhere near as bad as it has been but it's still slightly there. The hard hits on the pullouts have disappeared so it is definitely more rider friendly then it has been.

Part of the Wildcat has been retracked from the flat turn under the lift to the hill that flies past the front of the station and that section rides fantastic.

I got maybe 10 rides in until the rain came and each time the train was less then half full of rides so i'm sure it isn't running as fast as it will. Also these are band spanking new trains and all the wheel bearings need to break in. The train I was riding may have had 20 laps total on it.

In all the the Wildcat is running alot better then it has in several years. I'm sure everyone else will be able to judge come Springtime in the Park.

I would have took pictures but me the dumbass I am forgot my memory card at my house!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:39 PM
True that Bill.

Thanks for the review, Coasterpunk! I wish Hershey had Wildcat on the list for Spring Time in the park. I'd plan a trip right now! :)

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Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:55 PM
I too was there today and you can definately notice how much better it tracks. Be sure to check out the intern site tomorrow for photos and the latest blog entries.
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Friday, March 23, 2007 12:04 PM
I see from the new photo that you are riding without that rail/fence thingy that you guys normally install. Is the Wildcat getting one?
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Friday, March 23, 2007 12:07 PM
^nor a seatbelt it appears. ;)
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Friday, March 23, 2007 2:50 PM
If you look in the first visible seat on the other train you can see a seatbelt. Those goofballs are just sitting on them. ;)
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