Sunday, June 24, 2001 12:08 AM
Does anyone with engineering experience think that a mag-lev coaster like the bullet trains in Japan/Europe would be possible. Would be a very smooth ride, have great speed potential, and would not need a lift hill. What do you think?
Just a couple of G-force Junkies!
Sunday, June 24, 2001 12:42 AM
I asked the same question in several threads on LIM/LSM & launched coasters, no-one answered it. Forgot to make this a new topic, thanks for doing so.
Yup, I reckon MAGLEV technology can be used on coasters. However it most likely will be very expensive & the same goes for running costs. As for safety, it would have regular wheel assemblies, only with the wheels set a couple inches off the rails in case of a power failure. True, it will be the smoothest design yet, imagine, the train is riding on a 'cushion of air' supported by magnets.
The train can propel itself up the lift hill or a TA2K style hill & have gravity take over. As the friction is greatly reduced, would lead to higher sustained speeds & longer layouts. Or can propel itself along the whole layout. The best thing about this is if a coaster is normally gravity-powered, for ERT, with the flip of a switch, self-propels itself leading to the extreme G's & speeds we love so much.
Speeds of 200mph or more can be easily attained. Since hills would be prohibitively expensive, terrain layouts are the way to go. Can have a 50ft floater hill, but stretched out a long way as to prevent excessive negative G forces. Or a Formula One style layout, racing even. Actually there is an animation on the Vekoma site for their LSM coasters, the same can be applied to MAGLEV coasters; www.vekoma.com/productshowcase/linear/linphoto1.html
Sunday, June 24, 2001 6:57 PM
It's all about the $$$$.
Sunday, June 24, 2001 7:27 PM
"It's all about the $$$$."
I agree 100%. I think that this is one of the coolest ideas that people have come up with for a coaster but what park or comapany is willing to pay for it.
Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:09 PM
Arrow and NASA were working on the concept. Arrow was suppose to buid a purposed 300ft version in Japan for 2000.
Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:29 PM
This is sorta off topic, but I am kinda stoked my city town as been chosen as one of two remaining places being considered for the MAGLEV. It is down to us (Pittsburgh-Greensburg) and Washington-Baltimore.
The Pens will win the Stanley Cup in 2002!
Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:44 PM
Yea, its about the money, but look at the money spent on lim/lsm and look at the sheer # of peeps that plunk down 40 dollars a day to go ride the latest and greatest. The technology to do this kind of coaster is already in use with the bullet trains, I'm sure it could be adapted to amusement rides. Like the video referenced by taipan earlier in this thread it could even be a flat ride like a racing themed attraction, or even used as a (yawn) high speed people mover around the park. Would be more exciting than a train, but a start to using the technology.
Just a couple of G-force junkies!