assuming the cp rumors are true, how big of a crane is this thing gonna need. or do they use helicopters to place pieces? an L-shaped construction crane would need its own seperate area to be erected. maybe the walled off area will contain the crane and not the ride.
I don't think they're referring to a "coaster" like Superman: The Escape. I think they're referring to a real coaster where you go ALL THE WAY UP THE HILL, and drop down the hill, not propelled by magnets, but by the true way, gravity.
Actually, if memory serves me right, Miller Park, Milwaukee's baseball stadium is at it's highest 330 feet and they used cranes for the whole thing that were a much taller than the actual structure. They were also built for carrying much heavier loads than a track section so they would have no problem in that respect.
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Yeah, and the stadium construction was delayed because they can't use the crane in even moderate winds, AND the crane collapsed causing even more delays, AND it's one of only a few that tall in the whole world, meaning you have to plan far ahead and it's mucho-expensive. This is gonna be one hell of a project if it's true !
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Dreamworld's 400ft 'Dreamworld Tower', home to two different great Intamin rides, was built "using one of the tallest cranes in Australia, brought in from Melbourne for the job". I assure you, if they've got a 400ft+ crane down here, they've got at least the same up there, so don't worry. :)
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Millenium Force Maniac said: I don't think they're referring to a "coaster" like Superman: The Escape. I think they're referring to a real coaster where you go ALL THE WAY UP THE HILL, and drop down the hill, not propelled by magnets, but by the true way, gravity.
I know, I was just joking with him, but it would be a 420ft tall roller coaster. And I believe the rumoured coaster he is talking about at CP is supposed to be launched.
For construction as delicate as a coaster, a helicopter would be extremely impractical. A/C units aren't a big deal because they just go on top...hard to knock over the structure when you're just setting it down. On a coaster, one mild breeze could swing the copter away, causing the track to fly into the structure, likely destroying the existing track, and killing several workers.
Actually, I saw just that thing happen when a copter was lifting an A/C unit onto a mall building. A gust of wind came up just after the copter lifted the unit off the ground and the unit slammed into the side of a store. Major damage to the store, A/C unit and the surrounding landscaping when the debris fell. Not a pretty site.
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CP? 420 feet?!? I don't think they would. There is that 412 foot coaster at Heide Park that they've proposed, maybe (for some reason) people switched up the names and sorta got this rumor started. Well here's the link to that thing, it's old news though. 412 foot coasters are cool
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