Lightning Rod Updates for 2021

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:11 PM

Kind of how I don’t see myself driving the 4.5 hrs to Tennessee regardless of....

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:28 PM

I've seen and heard good things about this heck of a roller coaster, RCMAC. Totally worth the time and effort.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:31 PM

I’ve ridden it many times, and yes. If I had a list it would sit very near the top.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:12 AM

RMC IS RMC'ing LR.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:47 AM

I read last night that 2160 feet of track is being changed to iBox. That's more than half of it.


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Monday, November 23, 2020 11:22 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

The RMC is being RMC-d.

Last edited by eightdotthree, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:24 PM
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:38 AM
kpjb's avatar

So... is it a steel coaster now?


Hi

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:18 PM

It's uncharted territory.

That said, if not now, then what happens in a few years time when the rest of the Topper Track gets swapped for iBox?

(Also, does anyone really care? It's a coaster.)


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:21 PM
Jeff's avatar

But do they charge for parking?


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:28 PM
Vater's avatar

I think it's free mid-Rod and beyond.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:31 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Vater said:

I think it's free mid-Rod and beyond.

That's what she said.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:38 PM

Jeff said:

But do they charge for parking?


Only if you're there to chaperone kids under 18.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:38 PM
Jeff's avatar

It's a whole new world.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Music: The Modern Gen-X - Video

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:12 PM
Vater's avatar

High five!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:42 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

That's what she said.

I prefer the British version of that observation:

"As the actress said to the bishop."


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:38 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

But was the Rod black?


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:41 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Also, I genuinely can't tell the difference in the I-Box and Topper track styles in terms of ride experience. They're both super smooth and indistinguishable from a traditional tubular steel coaster, as far as I'm concerned.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 5:29 PM
Jeff's avatar

I haven't been on the topper, but considering that it's the part the wheels touch, I can't imagine they would feel particularly different. Did it start as topper? I guess I never really paid attention, but the lift in photos always looks a little gnarly to be launching trains up it.

This is the ride where RMC threw some contractor under the bus for their quality of work, wasn't it?


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Music: The Modern Gen-X - Video

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:22 AM

It's one of two projects I know of where RMC blamed a contractor for a major engineering error. I don't know if this is because RMC got their specifications wrong, or because the contractor supplied product that did not meet specifications. Either way the result is a faulty end product, and I suspect that the customer doesn't really care who made the mistake.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:34 AM

RMC threw Velocity under the bus for the launch, but the more persistent issue seems to be that the ride is tearing itself apart, which is evidenced by the fact that the launch hardware is still in place but the track is being replaced. You'd think this would have to fall under RMC's responsibility, no?

Between this and the issues that Cedar Point has had maintaining the structure of Steel Vengeance, it makes you wonder why RMC is having trouble accounting for the stresses of their rides.

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