Knott's begins pull through testing of Xcelerator

Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 4:35 AM | Contributed by James Disney

Knott's Berry Farm started the tedious task of pulling a partial Xcelerator train through the course to check for clearances and track alignment. They were able to clear the station and top hat element before the end of the day.

Check the photos on and ACN.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 4:52 AM
Jeff's avatar

Wow... even with a short train on there that top is seriosly short in radius! Those dudes doing the pull-through are nuts.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 5:28 AM

I'm a bit confused....I thought that for pull-throughs, they attatch some sort of contraption to the train to simulate rider's arm reach.

I remember on Millenium Force, it was made of wood and wood planks sort of "radiated" out from the seats.

Is that simply yet to be done, or do not all companies / procedures all for this?

Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:19 AM
john peck's avatar I seriously hope they are going to put headrests on this thing. The 0-80mph is going to really be a strain.
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:28 AM
Those pictures are awesome but those guys climbing all over the track and standing in the train while it's being pulled up the top hat have got some huge brass ones.
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:30 AM
DawgByte II's avatar How in the world did they fix that little clearance problem that appears in one of those pictures with the coaster train and the supports up the top-hat element?
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:41 AM

There is no clearance problem.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:43 AM

I'm glad to hear that they are almost complete with Xcelerator, but I still think those are the ugliest trains ever.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 7:54 AM
Mamoosh's avatar John Peck - the trains do have headrests, only one is attached.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 8:58 AM
What is exactly pulling the train through?
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 9:21 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar
I wonder what it would be like to be INSIDE the track while the coaster went by.

A pull through is when the trains are slowly pulled around the track with a winch or some other device to make sure that the clearances are okay and that the track is aligned.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 11:10 AM
It looks to me like it is jsut like 6 guys pulling these trains...dont these things weigh way up there ? Multiple tons I thought...there has to be a cable or sumtin attached....but I dont see one! How do they get it through?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 11:28 AM

There's a crane there... and it's attached to the train. There are photos in both updates that show that.


Tuesday, May 14, 2002 12:15 PM
It looks great! I just have a few questions though...

The train they were using... I know it was 3 of 5 cars, but will the train being shown actually be used by the time the ride opens? Also, from looking at the pictures, will the ride NOT have OTSR's, and have just lap bars?

EDIT: Nevermind! Page 4 of Westcoaster updates just answered my OTSR question :)
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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 12:35 PM

Yes, that's one of two trains that will be used when the ride opens.


Tuesday, May 14, 2002 1:49 PM
But I don't think it will be painted like that. Every single bit of info on Xcelerator says purple and red trains with flames. I somehow doubt that they decided to make one yellow on a whim...

0-82 in 2.3 seconds! =Wow!

Tuesday, May 14, 2002 2:14 PM
i think they changed their mind and decided to make the trains yellow with purple and red flames...
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 2:50 PM
The West Coast has been getting the coasters that I want to ride the most. First X, and now Xcelerator.
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 2:53 PM

My question is exactly how many cars make up one train -- four or five? I thought I remembered in the press release it said something about 5 car trains and how the first and last "rows" of the train were for theming.

Anyone know the official scoop?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 3:51 PM
5 cars each train...the front car has the 57 Chevy hood... the back car has the trademark 57 Chevy fins... that's the theming you read about. Look at the update... you'll see exactly what you're asking about.

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