New England's new B&M is approved by local board of appeals
Posted Friday, September 14, 2001 4:20 AM | Contributed by CoasterGuy
Last night, at a public meeting between SFNE and the Board of Appeals, the new B&M creation was approved. The area this coaster will be installed in has been marked off with a fence in the parking lot. Although, it is still not clear if it is a stand-up or floorless, most sources are stating it is a floorless.
Could it really be a floorless? Not even the prototype (Medusa) was this small. As much as I like floorless coasters over standups, I would almost prefer a standup with these specs. It would probably offer a better ride. They have so much room in that parking lot. If they wanted to build a floorless, it could have been much larger than that. I don't quite get it. Any B&M is a winner IMO though. Can't wait.
Well to get technical, an incident occured in the (floorless) Batman Knight Flight station when a ride op fell through the floor that opened. But it had nothing to do with the safty of the ride itself.
It was a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time
I don't know Z-man, one of the hits against most floorless coasters is that they're not intense enough. Although I haven't seen any layout yet, my guess is that this one will be tighter and more compact. Therefore I think it just might be most intense than Medusa. Just my opinion. ----------------- Work like you've just gotten paid, Love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching!
DWeaver, you can view layout plans here (I need to use IE, Netscape won't display this page). I'm just stating that B&M has never built a sitdown or floorless this small, so one would think it would be something else. Just following the trend. http://tpne.8m.com/sfne2002/august3.html
Consign makes the controls for B&M and GCI. They use 2 separate PLCs that have to agree or everything shutsdown. However, just as improtant is have code that is correct. Of course the failure on SROS at SFNE was strictly mechanical.
For those who are bound to complain that this coaster is "too small", keep in mind that we are spoiled by the hypercoaster boom. 120ft really isn't that small at all, and given that it will share space with the 221ft monster that is Superman, this is a major step foward for SFNE.
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*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 9/14/2001. ***
This new coaster should go a long way toward dispersing the crowds around the park. The only wish I have is that it can accomodate 3 trains for better capacity, but that doesn't look too promising with a length under 3000 feet and without the appearance of a midcourse brake.
Isn't this the same coaster that there was a big speculation thread about a month ago speculating on whether it was a stand up, or a floorless?
I seem to remember that most Buzzers here were pretty split down the middle on this one. I think Jeff leaned towards the floorless variety, but something about the interlocking corkscrews caused the most kink in the plans...
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yeah well the most intense B&M I"ve ever ridden was BTR. Let me tell you that the more compact a B&M is, the more intense they seem to be. However, if that straight section of track is a zero g-roll I'm gonna be one happy camper. ----------------- sigh, SFNE goes "tiny" for 2001