More Powder Keg News!

Sunday, September 12, 2004 8:56 PM
Well I just got back from SDC I spent SAT & SUN there. Well in the lot across from the entrance of the park there are now a few more pieces of track and supports. But the really interesting thing is the fact that they have begun to paint the old helix leftover from BuzzSaw falls to match the color sceme of the new ride, so it appears it may be intergrated in. I have pictures & I will try to load them up asap. Also the parks trolley drivers now mention the new ride in there speech to and away from the park. I do have a feeling that an official announcment is on its way!
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Monday, September 13, 2004 1:11 AM
Very cool...seems like 2005 is going to have a lot of surprises in store for us. I mean, we all know that SDC is getting Powder Keg, but we really don't know much about the ride except that it is launched. We know BGW is building a huge building that will house a thrill ride but we have no clue what it will be yet. SFGAdv, PKD, SFGAm, Dorney...all parks that have shown they are getting something but have still yet to make an official announcement to answer MAJOR questions.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 1:16 AM
I'm still wondering how Powder Keg will integrate the old helix.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 7:08 AM

Neuski said:
I'm still wondering how Powder Keg will integrate the old helix.

I'm wondering that to but its the only logical thing as of now since they are painting it. The Lift Hill however is not painted and appears to have no prep work so that I believe will be coming down.

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Monday, September 13, 2004 12:21 PM
Unless S&S has designed a brand new track style that can be integrated with Premier, is this a sign that people who insisted that S&S was the designer were wrong?
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Monday, September 13, 2004 12:42 PM
No, I still insist that it's S&S. Taking bets if anyone wants to.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 12:56 PM
Well, Morgan merged its track with Arrow's for Phantom's Revenge. I don't see why S&S couldn't do the same.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 3:08 PM
... but is the old Premier track sturdy enough for an these trains. I'm sure there is a huge difference in weight between the old and new cars/trains.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 3:17 PM
The problem that I see is that Arrow track and Morgan track are almost identical. Just look at Phantom's Revenge... the trains track the new section just fine, and yet the chassis are from Steel Phantom.

Premier and S&S track, on the other hand, vary greatly. S&S track was designed for aircraft-style wheels and resembles more of combined I-beams than of standard track. S&S would have to develop a track style that mirrored the specifications of Premier track in order to pull a PR, which just doesn't seem likely at the moment.

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Monday, September 13, 2004 4:27 PM
Why not?

I'm not going to speculate here... all I'm saying is that its possible to design a coaster to adhere to another manufacturer's specifications. Just because a company designs a coaster a certain way doesn't mean that they can't change their way. Look at how Vekoma is changing their track style with their recent rides.

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Monday, September 13, 2004 4:37 PM
Maybe they are building a Premier launched coaster to compete with Mr. Freeze at SFSL, but I could be wrong.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 4:41 PM
I don't think that SDC is really concerned with competing with Six Flags. They seem to do their own thing and do it very well. If SDC adds a launched coasters, it probably has very little to do with what SF has in St. Louis.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 4:53 PM
Of course, im assuming that from the pics ive saw that the track has Arrow looks about it, so maybe it could be merged easily with the Premier track?
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Monday, September 13, 2004 4:54 PM
Arrow would indicate S&S, I imagine.
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Monday, September 13, 2004 5:21 PM
PhantomTails, coaster manufactuerers are able to make different kinds of track. Are Vekoma SLC's and RollerSkaters the same? Is X the same as Viper? Don't forget that S&S also absorbed Arrow, so they have a wealth of former designs to draw upon.

Can it be done? Of course! Will it be done? I dunno.

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Monday, September 13, 2004 5:22 PM
Including plenty of crappy ones!
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Monday, September 13, 2004 5:37 PM
All I know is what I saw! However the track in the lot across from the park looked very much like arrow track. I'm not sure what there doing but I see no reason for them to paint the track if its not staying.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2004 8:46 PM
I'm going to get the pictures developed tomorrow hopefully so I will have them up soon!
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