After looking at many, many photos from multiple parks around Japan, I have noticed that almost all of them have a stairway next to he whole circuit. Does anyone know why this is? My only geuss is that it is a required standard in Japan for ride inspection. Anyone know more?
I always thought it was for the tourists to see the coaster but not actually ride it... ----------------- Out of the coasters i've ridden here is wat i rank them overall:(ive been to canobie lake and SFNE) 1. S:RoS 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Riverside Cyclone 4. Canobie Corkscrew 5. Thunderbolt 6. Galaxy 7. Mind Eraser 8. Dragon coaster 9. poison ivy's tangled
Kevin, yeah.... that is what I had seen with SD2K. Weird stuff there. The stairs are definitely there for many reasons, but chiefly for inspection purposes. Japan, obviously, is a very high earthquake zone, especially near Mt Fuji. (Fujikyu highlands comes to mind) and in the southern areas next to Kobe, and Kyoto. Since there are many parks near these zones, along with the population, parks are hugely aware of the risks and build the coasters with this in mind. When I was in Nagoya last summer, I watched a large crew walk the stairs after a major rainstorm, and towel off the entire Steel Dragon. I was literally amazed at the care, and over the top maintenance that they have for their rides. Ask Peabody....the White Cyclone is WHITE. I have never seen such upkeep. ---------------------- Check out my updated website!
They did the coaster in about 45 minutes. Then it started raining again, so I went to the pools. After the rain, they started the same thing over again. I had never seen this done before. Has anyone else seen such a thing? ------------------------ www.tripowered.com
Maybe they should come to America and see the advantage the enthusiasts se with a wet track :) ----------------- CP! Still the coaster capital of the world in 2002! My fellow Americans; Let's Roll! WoodenCoaster.com
It isn't a theory regarding earthquakes. Unlike the U.S., Japan deals with heavy loss of life in major earthquakes, mostly due to the congested population. They have a shaky "trigger finger," so to speak. They are very careful and do very heavy inspections, and again, they used the walkways, when I saw them, to wipe the coaster down, and get it in shape for the day. SD2K, at least, has a huge need for speed to get over the large 2nd and 3rd hills, so water really slows the ride down significantly. A dry track is the only option. It does NOT run in rain. You can get drenched on White Cyclone, though:) --------------------------- www.tripowered.com
Why would it matter if a coaster has wet rails? Wouldn't the rain make the track slippery, thereby increasing the speed of the train? I wouldn't think they would be concerned with the ride being a bit faster than usual, unless it would mess up the blocking system or brakes.
No, the rain does not work in favor of metal or grease. Without getting too adult on a family forum, let me say just one thing... if you are married and you want to 'know' your spouse, you might want to steer clear of the pool, as the water makes 'knowing' difficult. Get my drift??? ------------------- www.tripowered.com
----------------- Out of the coasters i've ridden here is wat i rank them overall:(ive been to canobie lake and SFNE) 1. S:RoS 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Riverside Cyclone 4. Canobie Corkscrew 5. Thunderbolt 6. Galaxy 7. Mind Eraser 8. Dragon coaster 9. poison ivy's tangled
The mixture of water and oil or grease can result in very low rolling friction. However rails are usually only lubricated on woodies. I've noticed little or any difference in the behaviour of steel coasters in the rain.
Other than a danger of getting water in poorly sealed bearings or a lack of shielding in the car design to keep riders from getting hit by the spray, I see no need to dry the track of a steel coaster. A properly designed and built coaster shouldn't have either of these problems running on wet track, and obviously many, many steel coaster operate sucessfully in the US, Canada, and Europe without drying the track.