Hypersonic XLC.....

Wednesday, December 18, 2002 6:41 PM

Hope this hasn't been asked before, i looked and didn't seem to find it. i was just curious as to what S & S did to the trains this past year. www.rcdb.com said it modified the trains, and I was just curious as to how. I went 2 PKD on the Monday before they opened it back for the season, so I have yet to ride Hypersonic, since that was my first trip to the park in 10 years or more.

I like PKD and am going to try to hit it up around the first week of opporation (full week of opporation) this year on a weekday since thats what I did last year and the only thing that was a walk-on or a 10min. or less wait was Volcano(one of my new favs.). If anybody frequents the park and may be interested in going with me, let me know by email since it's a 4 hour trip and i usually come by myself. i'm tryin 2 make some friends in the Enthusiast community, so hit me back with answers and anybody that may want 2 go with me, let me know.

thanx

c.b.

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hmmmm. can't think of one, sorry :)

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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 7:08 PM

Check out search features for details. S&S didn't actually do the work....some former employees started a new company I believe called "Interactive Rides" and they handled a lot of the mods. I assume a lot of the work that took place is not visible to us like in the chassis and wheel assemblies. But, two very big changes we can see are the new headrest and different zero car.

I have not ridden it with these changes, so I can't comment on it. My only time riding it was the day after it opened, when I snagged 3 rides. Can anyone who worked at the park this year or visited many times this year confirm (or not!) that these changes fixed many of the reliability issues? Thanks!

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*** This post was edited by Peabody on 12/19/2002. ***

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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 9:27 PM
just a quick question: what do most people prefere, Excelerator or Hypersonic?
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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 9:57 PM
More people seem to prefer Xcelerator's top hat, and the overbanks are a big plus. The launches are virtually the same speeds.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 10:10 PM

PKD is my home park...and XLC is my baby..ive been on Xcelerator as well, and i prefer XLC's launch only because of the insane G's at inital launch and when u hit vertical, Xcelerator's launch is still intense,but to me just not quite XLC intense :) The new trains? I dont like the headrests, im 6ft2 and it makes for quite a bit of shoulder banging especially in the sharply banked curve after the hill. To me, the trains were much better with the old headrests, without all the extra padding....it was EXTREMELY open feeling, with nothing beside of you, like a chair on a platform with wheels. It also doesnt quite rip over the top as it did in its opening year. There is still some decent airtime at the top, but not like its opening year. Then, it just RIPPED over the hill. Another noticeable feature, is that the launch now is incredibly quiet. It used to roar, now it simply hisses ever so gently :)

As for its reliability, i never saw it broken down after it was modified...granted i was not there everyday...however it seems like they would tell the public it wouldnt open until noon, however everytime i was there it was open at 1030 am. On a weekday or a sunday it was nothing to get in 5 or 6 rides on XLC , with plenty of other time to ride Volcano, Flight of Fear, etcetc as well.

Email me TeknoScorpion ill go with u anytime u decide to go...davidnc25@aol.com

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 2:38 AM
The reliabilty aspect is much better. PKD is my home park too and I have only seenin go own once with the modifications. Davidnc25 already said everything, and I totally agree.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 4:22 AM
Yeah, I'm sure its far more reliable, what isn't more reliable than an Intamin (X)? But from the way you put it, it sounds a little painfull, versus the only pain you can possibly experience on xcelerator is pain in your bladder when you get stapled.
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Thursday, December 19, 2002 4:26 AM

TeknoScorpion, if you want to find out who is going to the park when you are going, please chekc the metting calendar. That's why its there. :)

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 6:41 AM

Like has been mentioned, the only changes Ive actually noticed in the ride were the changes to the front of the car (dramatically shortened, and that stupid windscreen removed) and the changes to the seats themselves. From what I understand the padding was added because alot of idiots (who didn't pay attention to preride instruction) didn't put their heads back before launch, and were coming away with serious headaches. Duh. On the reliability issue, yeah, Hypersonic is definitely more reliable. I worked at the Rock Shop over the summer, and it only went down every 2 or 3 days, and even then it was only like for a half hour or so.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:12 AM

thanx, everyone, that definitly answered my ?'s. joe, thanks for telling me about the meeting calander, i never even knew it was on here, i'll be sure 2 look in the future, and davidnc25, i'll let u know when i can go, it would be great 2 finally get to go with another enthusiast.

thanx all!!

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hmmmm. can't think of one, sorry :)

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:44 AM
If you're interested, here are some pics of the trains...

Before modifications:
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/davidrager/pkd2001/102-0288_IMG.JPG

After modifications:
http://www.coasters2k.com/news/images/NewXLC001.jpg
http://www.coasters2k.com/news/images/NewXLC002.jpg

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-Vater
Track Record: 117

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 11:41 AM
Are those leg straps? Xcelerator just has the giga coaster trains/restraints, modified to fit the theme and those headrests which are quite comfortable. Its very common for Xcelerator to break down every day for 3-4 hours at a time, and then open back up to an enormous queue of people who get in line when they see the ride testing. Before they open the ride after a breakdown they do something like 18 test runs, and if one goes wrong, they have to fix the ride (often rebooting the ride=25 minutes), and start from the beginning again. Its strange how the ride goes down one night due to a blown motor, and it opens the next day. I could never imagine how long replacing one of the motors would take at some other parks.
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Thursday, December 19, 2002 7:35 PM

Hypersonic was a great ride, and XLR8R looks really good too, I only wish the ride on Hypersonic oculd have lasted longer, Hypersonic is the type of coaster that you would want to ride if there is no more then a 15min wait other then that , I wouldent wait for it.The launch was great, but it crawled over the top.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:01 PM

Speedy said:
Are those leg straps?


No... they are another bar that is connected to the main lap bar. The Veko flyer's have a very similar restraint method.

Coasterman Mike - who was very confused with the headrests of Hypersonic... gets the concept but still very odd headrests...

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Friday, December 20, 2002 9:26 AM

I have been on both Xcelerator and Hypersonic and must say I like Xcelerator better. The two launches are very different, aw with the rides themself. Hypersonic has more of an instant launch (very extreme) while Xcelerator just holds you in the seat pretty good for what feels like a long launch (not really extreme but you can at least tell what is happening).

As for reliablity, Xcelerator only broke down one time when I was there and that was because of a rollback. I found both to be very reliable. The only reason Xcelerator is down these days is if it is "dropping bolts" but that is another stoy. ;)

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