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.
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***
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. ;)
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... ;)
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!