I really hope this doesn't violate any rules, and if it does I apologize. I in no way know the seller, like I said a friend shared this with me, and I thought everybody here would get a kick out of it!
It'd be mine if I could convince my wife to let me put it in the garage.
I see the reserve hasn't been met yet. I would love to know what that is! I'm thinking $1000 might just scratch the surface.
Maybe they should sell the current trains. The way they bend and flex going up the lift makes me extremely uncomfortable.
Most wood coasters do that goofy! Especially the older ones, as they settle over the years, it's easy to see how (especially lifts) get crooked. Plus the Comet is a 3 bencher...
It's better to flex (even during the ride); you absorb less of the shock.
The Blue Streak at CP's trains were 6 tons each, unloaded. So that's about 1,500lbs for each car. But this is before they were ruined with all that extra stuff (new heavier lap bars/lap bar mechanisms - I think extra 2 or 300 lbs per seat, etc.)
The new PTC cars are about 1,900 lbs each (the 2 benchers) as it is listed on the stainless steel plate on the back right corner of each car...
It does have that crooked lift, I know, but I think that's immaterial to the way the trains flex.
Comet doesn't have articulating trains, so far as I know (neither does Racer) so any track banking that exceeds the slop between the upstop and the underside of the track is going to cause the car body to twist. The issue is the difference in roll angle between the front and rear axle. An articulating axle increases the allowable angle to around six degrees. If the axle doesn't articulate and the roll rate is high enough, the car is going to flex.
Luckily, some PTC trains are built to flex a little. Ever notice that the seat backs and front and rear panels are not bolted to the frame; instead there is a hole through the board and the bolts are used to pinch the panel into place, giving it some wiggle room around the bolt sleeves to flex a bit.
Of course, when it gets really wild is on the junior trains or on certain experimental trains (such as the ones on Wild Beast at Canada's Wonderland)...the cars have the articulating rear axle, but the rear seat bench is attached to the axle instead of the frame. So when the axle swings, so does the seat!
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
The Comet's lift is visibly crooked. Although the shift is a strange feeling, I never really thought it was out of the ordinary.
As for the train for sale, I'm already trying to convince my parents that the train would make a great couch for our living room.
*** Edited 11/3/2007 1:00:43 PM UTC by MadlyMagnum***
If you want to ride a flexible train, you have to ride the Lakemont Skyliner. It bends through the turns quite a bit.
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