Major Track Sighting

Saturday, February 15, 2003 12:31 PM
My brother and dad saw a flatbed semi-truck with three pieces of Intamin track this past Wednesday. They were heading north on I-71 near Columbus when they saw the track. According to my brother, the three pieces were triangular, and had yellow running rails with the rest of the track painted red. One of the track pieces was "twisted," according to my brother. Does anyone know what coaster this track could be for?

NOTE: My dad and brother are not coaster enthusiasts, but my brother can identify different types of roller coaster track. He insists that it was roller coaster track, and the only reason I am skeptical is because I can't think of any new Intamin coasters with this color scheme. This could have been a mis-identification, but I would like to check it, just in case.
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Saturday, February 15, 2003 12:40 PM
Sounds like B&M Superman track heading from the fabrication plant to SFGAm

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 12:48 PM
Umm correct me if I'm wrong here but CoasterKrazy specifically said that it was Intamin triangle track & not B&M flyer track.

It sounds to me like the track in question is certainly bound for an SF park,probably the first signs of SFWOA's hyper which they've been trying to get for 2 years now.

If it is intamin track & most likely superman themed it's a bit odd to see an S:ROS clone with yellow rails because as we all know the 3 existing Intamin hypers in the SF chain have solid red track,maybe they've decided to add some yellow paint to them who knows?

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 12:49 PM
I showed my brother pictures of Mantis, Millennium Force, and Magnum XL at Cedar Point so he could identify what type of track he saw. He said specifically that the track was triangular in shape, and that the spine was not "solid," but comprised of many steel rods. I've never seen any B&M coasters without the "solid" spine.

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 12:54 PM

BATWING FAN SFA said:


It sounds to me like the track in question is certainly bound for an SF park,probably the first signs of SFWOA's hyper which they've been trying to get for 2 years now.


Granted I haven't exactly kept up on this, but isn't the SFWOA hyper nothing more than a simple approval to build that high at this point? No signs of one going in any time soon.


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Saturday, February 15, 2003 12:56 PM
Your right he said it was triangular, but it is not likely Intamin for two reasons....1. Intamin's track comes in shipping containers. and 2. No Intamins for this year fit that description.

It seems likely to be superman track because it was coming from where B&M fabricated their track, was heading towards SFGAm, was the right colors, and B&M is loosely trangular shaped.

In the hustle and bustle of sighting track, I would bet your brother mis-identified B&M track as Intamin.

Edit: PT300 is right on, as is Gonchar....SFWOA's hyper is not going to happen this year. Also, Intamin track heading to SFWOA would not take that route!

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*** This post was edited by Peabody 2/15/2003 5:58:05 PM ***

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 1:01 PM
Peabody was right. After showing my brother pictures of Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Over Georgia, he said that the type of track he saw looked exactly like the track in the photo. The photo of Mantis that I showed him was of the pull out of the first hill. Since that part of Mantis is not "twisted," like the track piece my brother saw, it is not faceted like other parts of the coaster.

I think my brother noticed the facets on the "twisted" piece of track, and thought that they were steel rods, like on Intamin coasters. Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up. I'm not even safe from the General Public in my own home. ;)
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Saturday, February 15, 2003 6:38 PM
Why hasn't anyone questioned the fact that this "truck with track" was headed North on I-71???? That would a completely retarded way to get to Chicago. Learn your interstates a little better. I-71 goes to CLEVELAND! Care to explain?? Hmm, maybe they just wanted to waste gas and add a few extra hundred miles to their trip cause SF doesn't need the track for a few days anyway!

Eric

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 6:52 PM
Well, there could be a lot of reasons the track was on I-71N. First of all, he didn't say it was north or south of Columbus that this was sighted - which makes a huge difference...if south, it could be going north to Columbus, to intersect with I-70 to head West - the fastest route to Chicago. If north, he could be running up 71 until he hits the I-80 and takes that straight to Chicago. (Perhaps not the best way, but could have detoured for weather/traffic/etc) Lots of reasons to be on I-71 N near Columbus when heading to Chicago

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*** This post was edited by Jman 2/15/2003 11:53:28 PM ***

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 7:10 PM
If it was north of Columbus, it could have been going to SFGAdv. Although, isn't their new Superman flyer already complete (track wise)? Oh well, it was probably going to Great America.

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 7:14 PM
C'mon. It was going to Chicago through Columbus? That's the fastest route huh? Interesting. Accourding to my map, from Cincinnati to Columbus to Chicago is a bit over 512 miles! Taking the best route is 345 miles! EVEN if they wanted to take I70 as you suggest, why not get on I70 at Dayton? About 400 miles, a savings of over 100 miles! It's about a 45-50 minute drive to Dayton versus a 1:40 to 2 hour drive to Columbus, not to mention the fact you have traveled considerably east to be going back west!

Eric

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 7:43 PM
eric.walton said:
Why hasn't anyone questioned the fact that this "truck with track" was headed North on I-71???? That would a completely retarded way to get to Chicago.

You have a point. I saw some of the track heading to Chicago a few weeks back and it certainly wasn't heading towards Columbus.

-Sean

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Saturday, February 15, 2003 8:50 PM
Well seeing as how the track comes from the east side of Cincinnati and has to travel around the 275 loop to get to any of the other highways it is possible "that" truck drive was going 71 north to 70 west then up, but very unlikely. All the other trucks followed 275 all the way from the east side of Cincinnati to the west side of Cincinnati (passing 71 and 75) to get over to 74 because it goes straight to Indianapolis and is much quicker.

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 4:32 AM
Wow, Everyone knows the highways so well around here huh...

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 4:36 AM
Maybe the drivers are getting paid by the mile and took the "scenic route" :) Either way, I'm sure it was going to either SFGAm or SFGAd

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 6:01 AM
The sighting was south of Columbus, on I-71 heading north. For those of you who are skeptical, my dad and brother did in fact see a flatbad semi with three pieces of track. The pieces weren't Intamin, like I had originally said, but B&M track with yellow running rails and a red spine.

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 6:18 AM
For anyone who doesnt know from the bottom of Indiana up through 3/4s of Indiana has about 4 foot of snow with like 35 mph wind blowing it everyone. My dad and I will have to shovel for 2 hours in the driveway to see the road. So going to Dayton and then heading North would be a considerably bad idea right now if you are going to go through Indiana, which this truck would in this case.

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 6:46 AM
yes .... that is right cameron.considering we live in indiana we now how bad the snow is and any dumb enough to drive a semi truck throuh it she drive at all

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 6:51 AM
And there isn't bad snow in Ohio?

If it is was heading north on 71 below columbus then it most likely was going to hit I-270 and head on towards Wheeling, WV and then on over to NJ. Thats the fastest way I go from Cincinnati to Philadelphia (NJ is just past that).

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*** This post was edited by BeastFreak 2/16/2003 11:53:08 AM ***

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 7:29 AM
BeastFreak said:
And there isn't bad snow in Ohio?

Exactly! Here in Columbus, they are just a few hours away from closing down the airport because of the snow.

If it is was heading north on 71 below columbus then it most likely was going to hit I-270 and head on towards Wheeling, WV and then on over to NJ. Thats the fastest way I go from Cincinnati to Philadelphia (NJ is just past that).

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My guess is the track was heading to NJ. I have heard other reports of track sighting on I-71 North during early construction at SFGADv.

-Sean

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