IAAPA 2000: Pirate photos and video show what might be new Arrow coaster
Posted Saturday, November 11, 2000 7:28 PM | Contributed by Jeff
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Note how the outer rails control the pitch of the seats. The outer rails vary in distance from the main rails. As the the outer rails get away from the main rails, a tie rod pushes (or pulls) a lever on the seat assembly to rotate it. That means precise control over rotation.
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Could that be Setpoints new design? I remember reading a article about them designing a coaster where the seats are on the outside of the track. They said it was to solve the problem of only the front seats having a good view on a inverted coaster.
Yep, just made sure by looking at THAT address' video, but...
That is Arrow's. It was found earlier today on Arrow Dynamics' FTP server. Since then, Arrow's had the smarts to close off the server to the public. The video was accompanied by numerous photos.
As for the spinning seats, I totally agree with Jeff... that's sick city if you ask me.
The thing that I'm still wondering about is the cryptic pop-up window on arrowdynamics.com. If you haven't seen it, there's a little graphic of what looks to be a drop into a loop (some say it looks like "Ce") with the message "Coming November 13". Looks like we have to wait another day.
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If they had some kind of lock on the seats, so they could be locked an unlocked during certin parts of the ride, it could be an absolutely amazing expirience. I look forward to the official anouncement on monday. Also, from what I have heard, the new Arrow track on TT@Dollywood is supposed to be better than B&M. And I personallly like the slight jolt of an Arrow. It makes me feel like I am riding a rollercoaster, as opposed to sliding across a sheet of plate glass. Just my oppinion, take it for what it's worth, which probably isn't much.;)
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Oh man,that looks intense.I really can't wait to ride one of these babys. It's an Arrow,you can tell by the track. Could this be the reason why Paramount Parks dropped their exclusive deal(flying dutchmen) with Vekoma??? I for one certainly hope so.:)
Yes WildOne and everyone else, Arrow's newer track IS better than B&M (what ISN'T), and I would put it right there with Intamin in some cases. Tornado is out of this world. I have also been on an Intamin high since Ride of Steel at D.C.!! More exciting for me than MF.
Anyways---this spinning seat thing is interesting. I agree that this is a very weird design...I am not much for the seats outside the track idea. but we'll see where this goes. I am more excited about their announcement this week. :)
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I reamember watching video with arrow talking about a coaster they have been working on for the past 4 years that envolves the riders seats spinning on the sides of the track. Well this is just conformation of the 4th demention and I cant wait to see them at IAAPA on Wensday and Thrusday.
Looks like the track does use four rails. The inner two look like the usual running rails of the standard Arrow track. While the outer two... one on each side of the standard track, is used for the various spins of the floorless coaster style seats. How, you ask? Notice in the pictures how the outer rails change position on the rib joint. (i.e. the outer rails are at the top of the rib next to the running rails at one point. At another the outer rails are close to the bottom of the rib joint.)
I wouldn't start proclaiming death to B&M and Intamin just yet. It's only a prototype, it's gimmicky (enthusiasts hate gimmicks) and for some reason they're still building track with the same design flaw (large ties prone to bending). Looks like they got the wheel tolerance right, though.
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