Friday, July 13, 2001 7:45 AM
Ok here is my logic. A giga coaster is a coaster that is 300 feet tall or
has a three hundred-foot drop. If these rules don't apply then Magnum isn't a hyper (196ft).
The first coaster in the US was a giga! The Mauch Chunk Railway, built in 1827, was atleast 6 miles long and dropped 60 feet per mile. That equals at least a 360 ft. drop. There were no hills on this coaster, just staight down at a blistering 1.5 percent angle. There were curves but those went downnhill too.
You may say that this isn't a coaster, but in 1845 a cable was added to hoist empty cars to the top and it was renamed the Mauch Chunk Switchback. People would come from miles to ride it. Since it ran special cars for people it is definatly America's first coaster and America' first Giga!
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Friday, July 13, 2001 7:47 AM
But Millennium Force was the first coaster to coin the term "giga", making it the first.
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Friday, July 13, 2001 7:49 AM
Okay, so if I put up a coaster that's 34 feet tall and decide to call all coasters taller than 34' "mega coasters," then did I build the first mega coaster?
Friday, July 13, 2001 7:53 AM
Actually, no. There are some coaster that are classified as mega. I don't know if it has to be a certain height or not but I'm PRETTY sure they already exist.
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Friday, July 13, 2001 8:14 AM
You're kidding, right? This logic is like saying that SOB peaks at 978 feet above sea level so it is the world's first nono-coaster.
Friday, July 13, 2001 8:18 AM
PkI FaNaTiC said:
"Actually, no. There are some coaster that are classified as mega. I don't know if it has to be a certain height or not but I'm PRETTY sure they already exist.
Well, you kinda missed my point. The point is that building something and giving it a flashy new name---instead of "mega" let's use "bombasto coaster" for my 34-foot tall marvel---doesn't make it the first coaster to have satisfied the criteria for the class... it just means you were the first publicity wizard to think up the name.
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Friday, July 13, 2001 8:19 AM
Hard to believe people are losing sleep over something like this...
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