The interview actually talks more about general design than Sheikra among other things. It also will hopefully put an end to the "B&M did the launch on Hulk" argument.
One thing I found sort of funny was the answer to a question about a rollback or stall.
Walter answers with, "We have had trains stop when the safety system said stop. But we have never had a train stuck or stop on its own."
Hmmmm. I guess he never was told about one rollback that happend on one coaster in 1997. =:^)
Anyway,it's a pretty good article that is worth readingn IMO. It actually explains quite a bit about why they do some of the things they do.
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Our coasters have always been about not pushing the limits. To us this is not about being the fastest or having the tallest lift hill. It's about creating sensations of flight that are enjoyable. I cannot speak for all our competition.
.. and the right hook connects...
I recently read another interview with Walter where he talked about why he thinks some people doesn't care much for wooden coasters.
Sean Flaharty said - Hmmmm. I guess he never was told about one rollback that happend on one coaster in 1997. =:^)
What happened in 97?
Rumor has it that Mantis rolled back in 1997 during morning testing. Also, I believe Raptor rolled back that year as well due to high winds. I know it rolled back the first Wednesday it was open in 1994. I was there that day. =:^)
Try this link:
I know there are plenty of people that don't agree with what Walter says about wooden coasters, but I do know of a few that do.
In reguards to this,
Bolliger wants people to get off SheiKra with smiles on their faces. Passengers on wooden coasters have a different feeling when they get off, he said. ``They feel brave that they survived, but never want to go on the ride again.''
Obviously he's been on SOB. ;) *** Edited 4/25/2005 9:09:03 AM UTC by Red Garter Rob***
That was a very well done article though. Its something that an enthusiast can look at and still find some interesting material, but a casual parkgoer can relate to as well.
I'm excited to hear that Sheikra is what Walter claims to be a second-generation dive machine, hopefully meaning that we will see a revival of interest in the concept.
I thought Oblivion had a great drop, but the length of the ride killed it for me. Shiekra seems to fix that problem quite nicely!
Since when was B&M a pioneer of multiple-loop coasters? Wasn't Arrow pioneering multiple loops with their mega looping coasters long before B&M?
Up until B&M the vast majority of looping coasters just had loops and corkscrews. The mega loopers had batwings and there were a few other inversions out there as well (SFStL Ninja's sidewinder and heartline roll of the Ultratwisters). But it wasn't until B&M came along that we've got all the wonderful inversions that exist today.
On a different note, anybody else confused about the statement that Intamin is from Liechtenstein?
Mike - I've been to Vaduz, have you?
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