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.

Check the coverage on Westcoaster.net, Twisted Rails and ACN.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 5:32 AM
lol...The Two Towers. I liked that reference. too bad we have to wait till x-mas for it. Xcelerator is just going to be insane. that's all I've got to say.

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-Bob (formerly Coaster Jedi)
Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
"Your proctologist called, he found your head!" ~Jerry "The King" Lawler

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Monday, April 8, 2002 5:57 AM
What is this thing? It looks similar to Wicked Twister at CP but with a 180 hairpin in between the towers. Am I seeing things correctly?


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"Looks like you've been missing quite a bit of work lately"
"Well, I wouldn't say I've been MISSING it, Bob."

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Monday, April 8, 2002 5:59 AM
Nevermind, I just went to the official site and now I can see much better what this is.

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"Looks like you've been missing quite a bit of work lately"
"Well, I wouldn't say I've been MISSING it, Bob."

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Monday, April 8, 2002 6:52 AM
What do you mean we have to wait until X-mas? It's schelduled to open next month.
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Monday, April 8, 2002 6:55 AM
Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers

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"Looks like you've been missing quite a bit of work lately"
"Well, I wouldn't say I've been MISSING it, Bob."

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Monday, April 8, 2002 8:30 AM

It looks like the launch track and final brake run have the same type of fins sticking from the top of the track.

Does anyone know if the trains will have the magnets on them instead of fins. It looks like Intamin is doing something a bit different this time.....besides the launch.

-Sean

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:03 AM
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.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 11:28 AM
How tall will this coaster become when it finished?
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Monday, April 8, 2002 12:43 PM
http://www.rcdb.com/quicksearch.htm?quicksearch=xcelerator

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-Bob (formerly Coaster Jedi)
Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
"Your proctologist called, he found your head!" ~Jerry "The King" Lawler

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Monday, April 8, 2002 1:33 PM
The brake run sure is at quite a steep angle(at least for a brake run). This coaster is gonna be awesome and intense.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 1:37 PM
Intamin AG CEO Sandor Kernacs made the point to say that Xcelerator trains will hit the magnetic brake-run at speeds of 60-65 mph. All of this at a slanted angle.
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Monday, April 8, 2002 2:45 PM
Yes Sean. It's basically the opposite of the braking setup Millennium Force uses. Instead of the fins on the train passing through magnets, magnets on the trains pass over fins.

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Scott W. Short
mailto:scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
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Monday, April 8, 2002 3:03 PM
Its kinda painful to think that 65 mph of energy will be wasted. I know they dont have a lot of room but it would have been really nice to sqeeze a little more out of the layout. oh well.
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Monday, April 8, 2002 3:46 PM
Man I wish I could visit the west coast sometime. Not only for this, but for all the other parks over there.

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Somedays it's just not worth chewing through the restraints.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 8:20 PM

Do you think that X will be better than Xcelerator

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:11 PM

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!

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Why ruin Vertical Velocity...it was great before...now..lets hope it is still awesome! We'll wait and see!

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:40 PM
Yes, there will be track sticking about the "Two Towers" (lord of the rings). It will be very stable, you won't have to worry about it too much.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 10:49 PM
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!
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 1:23 PM
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?
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