This makes an awful lot of sense. Stress fractures indeed!
The LAST thing Arrow needed to do was open X and have it be the SLIGHTEST bit rough. That would be suicidal, whereas the delays are annoying, but do not really matter. The ride will presumably be standing 15 years fro now, no one will care if it opened in 01 or 02. People will care if the first 4th dimension beats them up. This would mean less sales, which would be bad for Arrow. They have a lot riding on this coaster.
Be patient Whizzer. Patience is a virtue. The PKI people had to wiat for SOB, Kennywood had to wait for PR and so did SFWoA for X-Flight. Thet all got their rides and they were all great. Besides, Comatose stated how important it is that "X" moves along "smoothly"(sort of a pun). -----------------
Yes, 4 weeks to me sounds exceptionally...hopeful. But, as Comatose said (and I second this): "Arrow has a lot riding on this coaster". ALL eyes will be on SFMM come CoasterCon XXV, and it WILL be up and running by then. Anything before then is gravy, IMO... ----------------- the buzzer formerly known as gatorwoodie Son of Drop Zone - PKI CoasterCamp I Champions!!!
While I prefer not to say who, I was told by what I would consider a very reliable source that part of the delays was due to some parts not holding up. They did not elaberate on exactly what was going on with the parts but I think a fair conclusion would be a stress fracture. They did not mention anything about excessive vibration. I guess the two could somehow be related but I have nothing solid to confirm that.
Just had to throw this in here. I have a model coaster that is on display at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Last I knew it had cycled over 45,000 times since being installed in May of this year.
*** This post was edited by phil on 11/14/2001. ***
The *final* say would have to go to SFMM. If they are in anyway dissatisfied with the ride and feels it will be bad for their riders, then it wont open. However, in the same breath, SFMM cannot open it until they are assured by Arrow that it is safe to do so. jeremy --(this space intentionally left blank)
Hey Phil, if you happen to have a pic of your model, could you email it to me? janfrederick, although SF may say "open it now" (not that they would open an unsafe ride, I give them more credit than that) I'm sure Arrow would force them to keep it closed with a public safety thing. ------------- My fellow Americans, let's roll! I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake