New Roller Coaster Concept

Monday, June 1, 2009 3:05 PM

Hi folks,
I posted on here a few months back (before xmas) enquiring about your views on current roller coaster. I asked for help and to fill out my 13 point questionnaire.

Alot of you sent back replies and for that I am very grateful.

But I would like you to know I have now finished my degree at Coventry University and I have posted my finished animation on Youtube.

The link is...
'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShQBI36g1ck'

Please click the HD button to see it in all its glory. I look forward to your comments.

Regards,
Rick

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Monday, June 1, 2009 4:04 PM

First of all, congrats on your degree. My hats off to you!!!!

Now, on to you concept.

I've gotta say, you chose a very unique restraint system with the full-chest "plate," but why that?

The layout, especially the track running under the ramp to the platform and around the legs of the station, what extreamy cool. I've seen track running above and through a station, but never UNDER it!

The supports and track have a very orgainc, "Dr. Seuse" quality to them. The whole design, if built, would be a breath of fresh air to coaster design.

One more question, when and where will it be built and can I be the first guenia pig (or water dummy) to test ride it? :) :) :)

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Monday, June 1, 2009 4:25 PM

Very nice! I would love to ride it!

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Monday, June 1, 2009 4:47 PM

Does it come with Depends?

I am sure that riding along and suddenly "Freefalling" would cause many a guest to wet themselves. Your Ride Ops won't like to have to clean this up all the time. :)

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Monday, June 1, 2009 7:26 PM

It look like it would be a very painful ride...lol

Also, I don't know how good of an idea it would be to have the train so far from the track. It looks cool, but what would be a good reason to do it that way?

I also really like the bent supports. The layout is awesome, if not a little tight for the speed. Going through the outside of a loop while in a flying position would kill a man.

I love the station and the entire overall artistic theme of the ride. The random falling while going up the lift is wonderfully sadastic...lol

For a fantasy coaster, it's awesome. for a realistic ride, it'd need a lot of tweeking, but would ultimately turn out to be really unique and fun.

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Monday, June 1, 2009 11:42 PM

Send this to S&S! ;)

This is a really cool concept. I would love to see one built...just not with a layout that would kill you. lol

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 1:57 AM

Hopman said:

The layout, especially the track running under the ramp to the platform and around the legs of the station, what extreamy cool. I've seen track running above and through a station, but never UNDER it!

The Voyage runs under the station, and people waiting in thee queue can watch as riders fly past them.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 5:49 AM

Hopman said:
First of all, congrats on your degree. My hats off to you!!!!

Now, on to you concept.

I've gotta say, you chose a very unique restraint system with the full-chest "plate," but why that?

Thankyou... The restraint system is very unique but I got the idea from canyon swings, where they wrap your entire body up which provides ALOT of support, but they are slow to get in and out.
I was also influenced by Air's restraints, they have OTSR's but with a rubber padding for your chest. So I took this material but with reinforced steel cables as I don't have anything over the shoulder... Think of it as a giant rubber seatbelt that covers a large percent of your torso. Then with added thigh restraints to help prevent you flling out the seat.

I wanted to keep it very flexible for the rider, as I noticed when u I received the questionnaires back alot of plus sized folk complained of current restraints being too restrictive.

The whole project from start to finish is meant to be just a concept, so can be a little OTT, however, I have also tried my best to make it as realistic as I could.

Another point which makes it unique is that it isn't actually a roller coaster to the truest sense off the word. I fully expect to get some frowns and slating from what comes next... But I believe future designs and the current industry can only be pushed forward by crazy concepts...

So this "roller coaster" actually uses MagLev technology in its arms instead of wheels.

But before I'm slated I'd like to point out that Magnets are already being used, in terms of LIM's and also magnetic brakes, but Iv taken it one step further by making the whole thing magnetic.... hence why the train is so big, and the seats are far away from the track, to protect the riders.
MagLev is also maintenance free because of no moving parts, and also doesn't generate friction with the track, so less energy is lost, so faster/further the train can go.

remember though, its just a concept ;)

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 8:15 AM

The arm restraints look like they me be quite painful, but other than that I like the concept and design. Great job!

-Tambo

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:34 AM

Wow, very cool dude. Not only do I like the concept, but I like the layout and elements. I hope you protected the design so another company does not steal the concept. Great job!!!! That would become the most thrilling ride around.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:01 AM

That was pretty cool. I'm not too sure of the physiology of it, but I liked several of the elements you included in your layout. The outside or going forward loop (around 1:44 of the video)-- I've wondered whether an element like that was feasible, but there might be some major neck snappage there.

I also liked the drop out of the first loop and the way you located the cobra roll so it wasn't on the edge of the layout like you always see. Nice job and congrats on the degree.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:04 PM

Hopman said:

The layout, especially the track running under the ramp to the platform and around the legs of the station, what extreamy cool. I've seen track running above and through a station, but never UNDER it!

You've never seen pictures of Bullet, Flamingoland's Schwarzkopf shuttle? It has track above, below, and all around the station...because the station is inside a loop! See here:

http://www.rcdb.com/ig818.htm?picture=3

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:21 PM

^I love that coaster. Never ridden it, but it's always fascinated me, and it irritates me when I think about being down in Florida in the late 80s and my folks didn't want to go to Boardwalk & Baseball. Of course, all I knew of B&B back then was from the brochure I picked up at one of the hotels we stayed at that showed photos of a wooden coaster and a steel loop (which, I discovered years later, was actually the Arrow shuttle Zoomerang).

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:32 PM

You could do some really cool things with the lowering and raising of the passengers like that. Having it look like they are about to run straight into a wall and then quickly pull them up before impact. Safety of that would be a major concern, but I am thinking maybe do something like X2 where the movement of the cars are not as free flowing as it seems...

The restraints do need work. Most parks want easy, easy, easy restraints to get passengers in and out of the cars as quickly as possible. When Millennium Force debuted, that was a huge problem...and those were just a change in connection style for a seat belt. I think you may eva to go with old fashioned over the shoulder restraints here. Remember, people will find any way to get out of your ride...during the ride.

I think it's a great concept though.

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