Intamin Track 'Q' and suspicions [call me crazy..]

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 4:28 PM


First my question: Is there any current Intamin rollercoaster with alternating cross-ties?


All Intamin track I have seen-

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All the croosties go in the SAME diagnal direction throughout the entire ride...

Alternating track:

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Each crosstie alternates...
[sorry for my bad drawings]

.... The only Intamin I have seen up close and personal was SFDL's + SFNE's S:ros... and know for a fact that all of them go the same direction (I did research for my k-nex model) and I am just assuming all were built that way. I am also not sure if the Trackspotting 101 thing was an error or what, because I noticed that had alternating too... I was looking at the pic from the Millenium Force track stacks and also noticed they all seem to go the same way as well...

.... so, so they exist? It just seems odd to me, once I think about it... because the distribution of force etc. wouldn't seem "right" if they alternated, but, thats just a guess and I have no backround in physics whatsoever...

.... the reason I bring this up is because clearly the track pictures from cedar point DO have alternating ties.... and makes me a little suspicious on what its really for (I know, I know, I sound crazy.. but... this was driving me nuts... please dont make fun of me ;)) ...

Can anybody clear this up, or prove that such a coaster exists already? Hey.. it might be a new concept too, I dont know... its just driving me insane....

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 4:44 PM

Maybe it's just done for economy of steel. I'm sure whatever the reason is, it's to save money (possibly making the design stronger for the same amount of steel). Or, it could be that a certain area of track, or its alignment, needs some extra strength.

Who knows though. Those are just guesses.

the member formerly known as MisterX

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 4:48 PM
I think I get ur question right... Some of MF's track has alternating track ties and some have the track ties all the same way.

EDIT for some reason the link isn't working. Just go to and look in the gallery and you can see some pics of each.

*** This post was edited by Chadster on 8/21/2002. ***

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 4:50 PM

Xcelerator has the alternating ties seen here and here.

Millenium Force square track seems to have been set up like the alternating ties - only missing every other tie (if that makes sense). Setup like so:

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So my conclusion is that the alternating ties are found on most/some box section track while the non-alternating ties are found on triangular/flat track (seen here)

Pictures taken from TwistedRails and Coaster Gallery.

The Other Siebert

*** This post was edited by Canadas Coaster Drew on 8/21/2002. ***

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 4:51 PM

Xcelerator has alternating, I know that. I think there's pictures on RCDB that show you that but I'm not sure.

EDIT: Dang, Drew beat me by 3 seconds.

Raging Bull= 107

*** This post was edited by coasterzach1 on 8/21/2002. ***

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 5:36 PM

Intamin track is not cookie cutter. Each piece has different ties.

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 6:55 PM
ok, thanks guys... I was getting a little paranoid :-P

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