Knott's Berry Farm tops out first tower on Xcelerator
Posted Monday, April 8, 2002 4:36 AM | Contributed by James Disney
Xcelerator continues to grow as construction workers topped off the ride's first tower. Work also continues on the station and on-ride photo booth as well as a lot of ground work near the location of the first overbanked turn.
Sean - the launch is hydraulic and uses a flywheel and pushcart similar to Monty. Here's how I understand the fins on the launch to work: they'll drop down for launch and rise back up after the train passes. Should a train not make it over the top hat, those fins will stop the train from getting all the way into the station. Although I could be totally wrong.
----------------- 2002 - the year of IB's LoCoSuMo!!
Looking at the drawing of it, I wonder is it like Vertical Velocity in the sense that the top of the first hill doesn't have and supports for it? For some reason it just seems to me like it needs supports...I guess im just paranoid!
Why ruin Vertical Velocity...it was great before...now..lets hope it is still awesome! We'll wait and see!
The height of the ride will reach 205 feet. Yes, the top portion of the ride will be similar to an impulse. It is a BAD idea to have supports at the top of the ride for 2 reasons- earthquakes will damage the supports EASILY, and there isn't a lot of room as it is. Moey, I think the question should be the other way around- "Will Xcelerator be better than X?" As I remember seeing it somewhere, the downgrade of the brake run is at 43 degrees I think. Hehe, wham bam boom!
At the top if this thing, is there supposed to be a top hat? Because I see it turning the opposite was of the next tower support. So doe sthat mean it will twst and then do a top hat, or am I totally wrong about this top hat thing?