Line length/theme for Top Thrill Dragster?

Thursday, January 9, 2003 12:53 PM
Do you think this will be like another Xcelerator line? I mean how Xcelerator is the newest ride at Knotts, but almost has the shortest wait of the park? Espically with six trains running, I dont think people need to worry about the long waits in the beginning of May, UNLESS it only runs one train, which I doubt. Also will the line be all outdoors, and just have a little theming in the beginning like Xcelerator? Thanks.
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Thursday, January 9, 2003 12:57 PM

If its anything like Xcelerator the big problem will be downtime. I wish CP the best of luck...hope they've worked out the bugs.

Moosh - wondering how the same computer system will keep track of 5-6 trains on 2,800 feet of track when it has problems with 2 trains on 2,200 feet of track.

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 12:58 PM
I really am interested in seeing if all 6 trains will be used at the beginning. I know there will be little kinks to workout during testing, but it should be really interesting to watch all 6 trains working at once. From the artists' rendition of the ride the queue line is clearly outdoors, and looks like it travels the entire length of the ride (from the tower to the station).
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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:00 PM

.. it's not the same computer system that is used on Xcelerator..

It's a totally new control system designed just for this ride. Uses alot of new idea's and equiptment..

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:01 PM
That's good to know, Rob. Thanks!

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:02 PM

Do you work at CP or something? I'm just wondering not insulting...

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:05 PM
In the artist drawing, there is the cement platform around the turn around and into the station. Is that the exit and you can get off just about anywhere around the turn around? (Assuming the train is stopped at the point of course)

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:05 PM

If there aren't many bugs to work out, then I am sure they will run all six trains.

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:07 PM
Seriously you guys out there probably don't need to worry about a wait past 30 mins, if at least 3 trains are working. Plus think of how many GP people will be afraid to ride. Hopefully as well Cedar Point will put a little theming to this ride. I also found out I get to go out there this summer for my Birthday, so I get to ride this CRAZY roller coaster, even tho I still find it a little dangerious.
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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:08 PM

Ultimate Coaster said:

Do you work at CP or something? I'm just wondering not insulting...

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 1:22 PM

The logic involved in keeping trains in their own blocks isn't that complicated. Think about all of the wild mice and cats out there.

The only thing that strikes me as remotely complicated are the functions that engage the hook (which has been done on MF and Schwarzkops shuttles for years) and the logic to raise the rollback brakes after the launch.

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 3:13 PM
I'm thinking that TTD will have its potential decreased on days with stronger winds...420 feet is a long way up, and with winds being strongest higher up in altitude (not forgetting to mention the Lake Eerie winds and gales), I can see the word rollback in bold letters all over the place...
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Thursday, January 9, 2003 3:20 PM

sfmmrider said:
Seriously you guys out there probably don't need to worry about a wait past 30 mins, if at least 3 trains are working. Plus think of how many GP people will be afraid to ride. [......]even tho I still find it a little dangerious.


You think it is dangerous? I know that you know all new roller coasters are extensively researched and tested before they are released to the public. I wouldn't worry about it. :)

Also, it's Cedar Point so there will be lots of people queueing for this ride. Look at MF opening year, that ride was considered just as insane as this one does now and look how many people rode it.

Hope you enjoy your ride!

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 3:30 PM
You are safer on a roller coaster than in an automobile.
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Thursday, January 9, 2003 4:06 PM

jkpark said:
You are safer on a roller coaster than in an automobile.

Hundreds of times safer... And many times safer than on an airplane. Safer than just about any type of transportation...

I'm sure that Intamin has the block system completely figured out for Dragster. Personally though, I don't see why they're going to use six 16-passenger trains rather than three 32-passenger trains...

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 4:19 PM

Blast Coaster said:
Personally though, I don't see why they're going to use six 16-passenger trains rather than three 32-passenger trains...

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sounds like a weight issue. lotta mass to send up that high.


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Thursday, January 9, 2003 4:35 PM

Blast Coaster said:

Personally though, I don't see why they're going to use six 16-passenger trains rather than three 32-passenger trains...



Well, probably so that the trains are lighter therefore providing more capapult with less horsepower.

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 4:54 PM

Yes, that's what I was thinking... But you have to admit that having six trains on a single track could greatly increase the risk of a collision. Just look at all of the collision-related accidents that have occured on wild mice over the years.

But still, I'll always feel a lot safer on any coaster than I do traveling to the park.

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 5:01 PM

is it just me or does it look like a train is at the top of the tower in this picture???

http://www.cedarpoint.com/images/homepageshow/composite.jpg

or they could have edited that picture, i dunno

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 5:03 PM
also, i still dont understand this color scheme, what is the white track for?

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