I'm not sure if Space Track is the right name. It's a futuristic monorail set. The car looks like a white spaceship (kinda like the Millennium Falcon, not Force!) & moves slowly, but has a firm grip on the rail. It has a IR space gun that is used to control it. The rail is red & has 4 metal power strips on one side. It sits on white supports about 2 inches tall. Layouts are simple ovals to complex.
Now you may ask what has this got to do with coasters? Here's the kicker, it has vertically curved track, in other words, looping track! My set only had 180degs worth & so it travels up the wall & down. I remember seeing a photo on the box of a C-shaped wooden box, i.e one floor, wall & ceiling. The monorail travels through a half loop, turns around inverted & back down. I'm sure you could have regular loops.
Did this set come out in the US? I'm not too sure. My mum made me throw it away when I was a kid. Damnit.
Now for Turbo Train, it's pretty much the same thing, except with a fast train set. The train is magnetically gripped onto regular train track & this set showed a loop, wall track & a jump through the loop as well as being able to glow in the dark. I begged for it, to no avail.
All this is kinda like the mini slot car sets you get today.
*** This post was edited by Taipan on 12/18/2001. ***
But here's the kicker, we bouth the thing over ten years ago....AND IT'S STILL IN THE BOX!! My dad never actually put it together because we could never figure out a good place to put it. It still sits in his closet to this day.....Maybe if I get bored over the holiday, I'll set it up just to see it run.
"Nobody writes about the planes that land." Steve Salerno Washington Times 7-10-01
*** This post was edited by coasterpunk on 12/19/2001. ***
Those slot cars are still made today by TOMY. I like the AFX Vertigo set.
With the slot car sets, they could manufacture corkscrew & inline twisting track. Then you could build your own elements - Cobra Rolls, Diving Loops, Batwings etc. - a la RCT!
*** This post was edited by Taipan on 12/20/2001. ***
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