New Storm Runner Construction Photos

Friday, November 14, 2003 4:29 PM
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!
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Friday, November 14, 2003 9:39 PM
You can also get a whole mess of pictures of digging, column construction and more athttp://www.hersheyfire.org/Hersheypark's%202004%20Picture%20page.htm . Please post any more sites with Storm Runner construction pictures.

Your coaster freind, Josh *** Edited 11/15/2003 2:51:12 AM UTC by Coasterjosh***

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Friday, November 14, 2003 9:58 PM
Amazing! They're really working fast on this thing. I wonder how much they'll have up before winter really hits?
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Saturday, November 15, 2003 11:06 AM
Can't wait to ride this "bad dog". I still cant believe Renegade didn't win. I had to watch that silly animation over 50 times! Anyway, Hershey is my first stop next year and it should be a good one!
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Saturday, November 15, 2003 11:22 AM
All the footers for the first hill and the Hydraulic house are suposed to be done by Thanksgiving. Unfortunately when that is done I'll be done working there too.
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Saturday, November 15, 2003 11:36 AM
How tall do you figure this will be?
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Saturday, November 15, 2003 2:22 PM
Well, Hersheypark figures it'll be about 150'. ;)
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Saturday, November 15, 2003 8:15 PM
Although the ride will be 150 feet high, the drop will be 180 feet...KILLER!!
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Saturday, November 15, 2003 10:03 PM
Subterrain drop?
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Saturday, November 15, 2003 10:26 PM
Nope , Valley.:)
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Sunday, November 16, 2003 1:35 AM
Hey, it doesn't say "Yo Mamma" and "Yo Dadda" anymore! :(
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Sunday, November 16, 2003 7:52 PM
From what I've seen, it's coming along right on schedule. They station is nearly done, and pieces of track have been set in place. The tophat will probably be complete by the end of November.

Josh *** Edited 11/17/2003 1:21:55 AM UTC by Coasterjosh***

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Monday, November 17, 2003 12:10 AM

thepinkdoomofmonkeys said:
Nope , Valley.:)

OH! Now I get it! ;)

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Monday, November 17, 2003 12:24 PM
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.
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 11:30 PM
Well why isn't a surprise, I mean come on, are you just going to leave us hanging? LOL! ;)
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Friday, November 21, 2003 9:41 AM
Here is the difference.

Storm Runner Launch Track

TTD 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***

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Sunday, November 23, 2003 12:40 AM
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.

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Sunday, November 23, 2003 8:24 AM
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.
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Sunday, November 23, 2003 9:44 AM
And if it's done ahead of scedule...we can ride it sooner!!
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Sunday, November 23, 2003 10:46 AM
How long do the tracks on Top Thrill Dragster last?
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