For those of you who are following "Storm Runner," Hershey's new rocket coaster, there are some new construction pictures posted on the official site. Click here for the link, the pictures are dated November 11. Enjoy!
Looking at that picture of the launch track, it seems as though Intamin has made a few changes to their design for the sled and cable troughs. This probably doesn't come as much surprise for anyone who has been on and around Dragster's launch track.
Storm Runner's track no longer has the black polyeurethane running track on the sides for the wheels or the strip down the middle to support the cable. During the tour of Xcelerator last Winter Coaster Solace, they showed us the shreds of it on the ground from each launch. *** Edited 11/21/2003 2:44:45 PM UTC by BeastFreak***
I just drove by Hersheypark today, and the contruction is rolling along good on Storm Runner. They have alot of the track and supports sitting out next to the road which make it easy for picture taking. I was snapping away with my trusty digital. I'll get them posted soon. The weather in central PA has been perfect for coaster building. If it stays like this it will be done well ahead of schedule.
The problem with the rocket launch is high speeds combined with a limit on wheel size for the catch car. I don't know if TTD's catch car could use wheels because of the high RPMs, viberation and heat. I'm sure that the extent of the damage to the lining on TTD and XC were impossbile to predict accuretly. It could have been predicted that they would last say 4 months, but due to extreme conditions the linings only last maybe 2 weeks. The 10 MPH difference in Storm Runner and Xcelerator may have been the difference in the wheels being operable in the catch car or not.