Maybe I'm weird to even wonder about this?

Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:16 PM
waynethexplorer's avatar

Something keeps bugging me...on the Coasterbuzz home page you see the nice coaster pic's that rotate at the top of the page. The gatekeeper one that shows the top of the first drop has the wheel marks along the left side of the track, however the wheel marks clearly show the wheels riding over some track dividers, is this a design flaw? Would it make the wheels wear faster?, or does it not matter as most of the train weight would be on the other wheels as it is angled to the right? I think it's a great pic and that's probably why I've looked at it so close.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:19 PM
Jeff's avatar

I'm sure you mean this photo.

Not sure what you mean. You're seeing the reflection of the sky on the rails, not wheel wear. In fact, at the time that was taken, I'm not sure if the ride had even completed a test run yet.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:32 PM
Walk-Off HBP's avatar

^ Probably not, there is a section of track still sitting in the parking lot. :)


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Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:39 PM
waynethexplorer's avatar

Yes, here it is with some arrows to the track where I'm referring to...could be sky but they look like wheel marks..

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 3:14 PM

Finally! An explanation for that HORRIBLE vibration on Gatekeeper!

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 7:08 PM
Jeff's avatar

Walk-Off HBP said:

^ Probably not, there is a section of track still sitting in the parking lot. :)

Ha! Good spot.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:53 PM
LostKause's avatar

Well, that turned out to be an interesting, although short, discussion. :p


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Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:33 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

And I'm pretty sure the tracks come with those "wheel wear" marks on them. Or at least I seem to remember that being the case. I also remember the disaster when SFGAdv. repainted B:TR to yellow back in the early 00's and the paint started chipping and was all over the Nitro queue.


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Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:45 PM
Jeff's avatar

I don't think B&M has done that in a long time. The track leaves the factory painted solid around the rails.


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