Maurer-Sohne X Coaster

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 6:52 AM
I have seen the finished ride and I am wondering about something. I saw the small scale model and it has additional hills and inversions on it. Is this ride truly completed and did they decide not to include the other hillls by design?

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 6:58 AM
You mean the Sky Wheel at Skyline Park? It never had any additional elements, the model you are referring to is probably Drayton Manor's Barnstorm seen on this page:
http://www.coastersandmore.de/previews/barnstorm/barnstorm.shtml
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 8:37 AM
I think he is referring to the model shown on this page (second row, middle picture). Since all of the other pictures are of Sky Wheel's grand opening, I'm assuming that this model was on display during the ceremony. Not quite sure if that was the original design, or if Sky Wheel will be extended in the future.

- Aaron K

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 8:42 AM
Yes ColumbusCoaster you are correct. It is from that picture that I assumed it would be more of a full circuit coaster. Is this the prototype and that the real end product or was it just scrapped and made into basically a giant loop?
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 10:05 AM
Maybe these people should be hired to fix the Vues. Because Vekoma could not the vertical lift to work. and these lifts seem pretty awesome.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 10:15 AM
Hmmm...I know I posted a reply here, but its not here. Oh well, here goes:

The model in that pic that was on display is, infact, a proposition of add-ons to the coaster. The X-Car Coaster is supposed to be the worlds first "Modular" coaster. Its talked about a bit on RCDB.

Their thinking is, this is the prototype. If its successful, they can change the vertical drop by moving the track over a couple degrees, and add on more. A loop and cobra roll are add on features.

It was discussed doing the add ons at different intervals. The other new for next year X-Car Coaster (which can be seen here) has a different layout, and isn't rumored to be modular, but complete upon opening next year.

There was another thread about this a couple months back, discussed alot of this, but I didn't have the patients to go and look for it. Infact, there were two, one by me, and one by someone else. Mine was "Its ugly, but it looks like fun"

I just hope we see one in the states before too long. I've never been on anything by M-S, and would like to try them out.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 10:47 AM
I want one near us! X-Car for Hershey in 2006!!!
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 11:43 AM
This coaster really confuses me. I need to see video of it in action so my brain will stop itching. ;)
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004 11:51 AM
Let me get a hook, I'll shove it up your nose and scratch your brain that way ;)

It's probably less painful than riding Viper at SFGAdv ;) LOL

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Thursday, November 25, 2004 12:13 PM
While I haven't ridden the coaster, I have sat in one of the cars and been flipped upside down and asked to try and "get free."

The strange lap bar restraints were much more comfortable than what I originally had thought, yet, made me feel very secure without being too tight.

-Sean

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Thursday, November 25, 2004 1:32 PM
Could someone please explain to me how an X-Car coaster works? I'm looking at the Skywheel and am kind of confused. Thanks.
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Thursday, November 25, 2004 2:52 PM
Tekno, the other thread (which was actually the first, before you "robbed" it ;) ), was by me. It even consists a link to a video of a test-run, which is still online.

Skyline Park is more of a giant playground with innovative games and and devices. I truly hope that they will eventually build all the proposed extensions. But it would still look extremely odd to have such a massive ride in such a small park.

Here is the thread:

http://coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=39555

And here is the link to the page with the video (and Werner Stengel marked in a red circle :) )

http://www.coasterzone.de/skywheel4.html

The video can be found directly above the first picture. Right click, save target as.

The best effect of the ride should be the swing-back. The last seat looks to give a great effect. *** Edited 11/25/2004 7:53:15 PM UTC by tricktrack***

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Thursday, November 25, 2004 6:15 PM
Ahh I see how it works now, that is one fast vertical lift! So I'm guessing that the train just goes back and forth until it brakes in the station?
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Thursday, November 25, 2004 11:46 PM
If it were Intamin, it'd go back and forth until it breaks in the station. :P
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Friday, November 26, 2004 9:25 AM
Funny, Andy:).

Thanks TrickTrack, I knew it was on here somewhere. Glad you linked it so I can save this thread as a fave:).

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Friday, November 26, 2004 12:53 PM
^Yes, zhat´s vhat I vanted to hear.

;)

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Friday, May 13, 2005 4:56 PM
Maurer´s second X-Car coaster seems to redeem itself from the horrible prototype looks.

"Barnstorm" at Drayton Manor is beginning to take shape. This one looks more like a Schwarzkopf or Premier product.

The inversions look nifty and that hill...well...see for yourself:

http://www.towerstimesforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3448&start=200

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Friday, May 13, 2005 5:48 PM
I've ridden Sky Wheel two weeks ago. It's a very good coaster, very intense (can you believe it is more intense than a Batman ?) and very very scary. As you arrive at the top of the lift and then the train suddently goes upside down ... Wow ... With only this little lap bar ! But the ride is great, with lot of speed and backward free fall drop.

So, after the amazing Winja's Fear & Force, Maurer created another great coaster experience, and I hope there will be a huge amount of other X Coaster ! Can you imagine that the one from Drayton Manor have the same superficy than a Boomerang. Dear parks, don't buy Vekoma anymore, buy Maurer Söhne !

I've an on ride video of Skywheel as well as pics of the coaster on my website :
http://trips-n-pics.com/pics/skylinepark.php *** Edited 5/13/2005 9:49:18 PM UTC by Harsaphes***

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Friday, May 13, 2005 6:51 PM
THat video doesn't seem to work...can you help out?

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Friday, May 13, 2005 7:22 PM
The video worked for me. Can't help you there.

I was looking on RCDB and it siad like 1100pph. Thats a pretty long ride cycle and only holding, what 12 people. Thats awesome. It looks really fun. Me thinks we need one over here. :)

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