Posted Monday, March 2, 2009 9:23 AM | Contributed by BoddaH1994
KICentral.com has added photos and video of Diamondback testing. The content offers angles that will not be seen in a few weeks when perimeter fences will be erected around this 230-foot steel monster set to open in April 2009.
Ok, that was awesome. Kinda fun to see a coaster just blow through a MCBR too!
It definitely looks like a good time.
Yeah that looks great. I can't wait to see the splash-down in action. I also love the pacing of the entire ride, it looks awesome.
Thanks for the video! I am so excited to hear the famous roat the I love about the B&m coasters!
WOO HOO! And yes, that MCBR is everything I hoped it would be! (nothing)
So the amazing thing to me, everytime we get a big new ride anywhere, is how extremely accurate the on-ride promotional video is. Take Maverick, for instance. By the time I took my first ride I felt like I had been on it many times already, and truthfully, it spoiled it for me (a little), as there were no real surprises.
For Diamondback, I've been trying to keep off the video as much as i can, but temptation wins over and I take a pre-ride at least a couple of times a week. So, except for the g forces and the wind in my hair....
Just because a couple videos show the MCBR not being used doesn't mean that it won't normally. In fact I'm betting it will be used.
Wouldn't surprise me either. With temperatures in the 20's and 30's, I'm surprised they were testing at all.
And given the speed after the MCBR at those temperatures, I'd suspect trimming some speed off would be a good thing.
I wonder if water dummies ever freeze...
The day I recorded that video it was cold, but not particularly cold. Probably in the lower 40s when I was there. From what I understood, the MCBR is magnetic and will operate very similarly to how you saw it in the video, but don't hold me to that.
The roar was certainly impressive. I would have doctored up the video a little more and put it to music or whatever but I knew that for most people seeing and hearing the ride in its original state was what was most important to them.
I'm not sure how well it translated to the video, but standing there watching the ride you can almost feel the airtime just from the deep recesses of your imagination.
I'm amazed at how fast it was running during testing. Usually when coasters are being broken in, they "crawl" through the course. I'd imagine they de-activated the MCBR just to be sure it made it through the second half of the course.
Behemoth was testing around this time last year as well, and it's first test runs were speedy even in cold weather http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0EbJOzATPk you can see the snow on the ground and the frozen lake.
The MCBR on Behemoth is both magnetic and pneumatic. The train slows slightly on the mag brakes and then the actual block is pnuematic.
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