Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011 9:33 AM | Contributed by Mike Gallagher
A $12-million pier-spanning wooden roller coaster that will dive beneath the boardwalk and race across a cantilevered bridge before navigating a series of high-speed twists and turns is expected to open in 2013 at Morey's Piers seaside amusement park on the Jersey Shore.
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In other words, there was nothing to do?
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
Zing!.........Na, Wildwood in the 70's was like Technicolor, straight out of a Warner Brothers cartoon. We had a lot of fun there. They had some incredible one of a kind amusements and shows.
Saw a post on Morey's facebook tonight that said Yes they are getting a new roller coaster. Most likely for 2014 season.
Recently I found myself thinking about Morey's and specifically the new coaster and the Great Noreaster. Im thrilled about a new GCI coaster, but really, the most thinking I did was about the latter. I remember seeing something on a coaster website, possibly here, about the significant gap between the coaster train wheels and the track on Arrow coasters. This caused much more roughness from the coaster basically slamming back and forth on the rails rather than just ROLLING. I started to wonder if this would be whatcauses such roughness on Vekomas, and if so, why couldn't they fix this? GNE would be fantastic with the comfortable restraints, relentless pace, and many "near miss" moments. Of course, then I got to thinking about what other coasters have the potential for greatness if they were upgraded, changed, or repaired..but that's another forum, I know.
Back on track (no pun intended), I almost wish Moreys would have waited to announce their new coaster until a little closer to when they're actually building. It's just MEAN to tease. :)
"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band
Many newer coasters, such as B&Ms, have spring loaded wheels elminating that tiny gap and keeping the wheels touching the track at all times.
Also, the track design on most modern steel coasters (including newer Vekoma designs, but not GNE-era Vekoma) is also designed around the rider path, not the track path, which is a lot of what contributes to a coaster's smoothness.
You can think about it like this - the basic design methodology when GNE was built can be summarized as "I want the track to do a roll, so I'll twist it, and the trains will be able to navigate it. The passenger will basically be along for the ride." To contrast that to today, the modern methodology is more along the lines of "I want the passengers to roll weightlessly. Where does the track have to be in order for them to do that?" The result of that is a more precisely controlled (and thus, smoother) rider experience.
GNE is a few generations outdated when it comes to track design. The wheel gaps certainly contribute to its roughness, but even with updated restraints and spring-loaded wheels that perfectly followed the track, it would never be as smooth as a comparable modern steel coaster because of inherent roughness in the design of the track.Last edited by BBSpeed26, Friday, January 13, 2012 11:20 AM
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