Intimidator 305 Media Day

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:00 PM

Nope, with only 2 trains the one is on the brake run before the other leaves the station.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:12 PM

But it would need to clear that break run before the next train leaves the lift.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:20 PM

Assuming the train is traveling at about 4 m/s at the top of the lift, cutting the speed in half would result in a slow down of about 0.4% (0.004) at the bottom; wind probably has a greater effect.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 1:18 PM

The momentary slow down near the top happens with one train as well (and by the way, the lift I believe runs even faster with one train). It almost feels like a slack point in the cable is hit or something. (Sidebar: I wonder why they don't have the huge counterweights that Millennium Force has.)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 1:39 PM

^Wait so this is really the only pulley at the bottom of the lift? There is no system set up like Millennium?

Last edited by 99er, Wednesday, April 14, 2010 1:40 PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:05 PM

The one inside the steel truss is tensioned. The return cable actually returns to the drum in a trench in the ground.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:34 PM

Now that you mention it, I see the tension pulley.

Interesting that it runs through a trench but I guess that might have something to do with the station being much lower to the ground unlike Millennium. I also noticed that the catch-car does not seem to have a run-out but rather a dead stop in the station. It would be interesting (to me at least) to know why they did things a little different from what they did with Millennium Force.

Last edited by 99er, Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:35 PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:38 PM

I was scratching my head about not having a run-out for the catch car, but then again, when it has failed on Millennium Force, it just got jammed up in the channel at the bottom of the hill. It still seems like bad things could happen if it did release.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:55 PM

True about it getting jammed up but I don't see why a stopper of some sort couldn't be added. I know on Millennium that when they want to inspect, replace a part, or just remove the catch-car, they just slide it out the bottom. Maybe I305 has a place on the lift towards the bottom to remove the car one piece at a time but it seems the easier method would be to just slide it out.

Last edited by 99er, Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:56 PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 3:11 PM

I dunno. As you can see by the pics, the end of the channel is wedged.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 4:26 PM

I wonder why they made ties on the connecting portion of the transfer track all run parallel to each other rather than perpendicular to the direction of the track.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:34 PM

I <3 Intimidator. I have ridden it 11 times, greyed out 8 times.

I heard this conversation in the halls at school yesterday:
Kid #1: "I heard you blacked out on the Intimidator!"
Kid#2: "NUH-UHHHH!"

Love it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:16 PM

Oh. It doesn't need the counterweights for the same reason that Dragster doesn't...they've gone with a hydraulic (or perhaps pneumatic) tensioner instead. Probably because it takes up less also makes it possible to remove the tension without having to drag in a crane to lift the counterweight.

(analysis based entirely on photo linked a few messages up)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:43 PM

Works for me!:)

Thanks, Dave.


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