Sunday, February 9, 2003 10:05 AM
I was just looking on Six Flags official site here...
...and in the photo they are using to promote Greezed Lightnin I see something strange. The loop looks like standard Schwarzkopf but the track leading from the loop looks like something from an Arrow or Vekoma. Now I have rode the Viper at SFoG and I know this is not what it looks like nor have I ever seen a Schwarzkopf that looks like this. What coaster is this picture from or is it just a complete computer generated picture? It would not make since to make a computer generated photo of a ride that I am sure they have plenty of photos for. They could have just taken a photo of the Viper and put the new colors onto it.
Sunday, February 9, 2003 10:14 AM
I think that is the Tidal Wave at SFGAm.
Sunday, February 9, 2003 10:15 AM
That looks like Schwarzopf track to me.
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Sunday, February 9, 2003 10:19 AM
It was Tidal Wave at one point. I have never seen a Schwarzkopf looper with non box track coming from a loop before, if there is one please tell me because I have really never seen one.
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Sunday, February 9, 2003 10:43 AM
I do apologize but I see that I have made a mistake. Upon further investigation I did find that this style shuttle did only have the two rail track and not the normal Schwarzkopf looper box track. I could have sworn that this had the same tracking as Shockwave from SFoT and The Mindbender from SFoG. Again, I would like to apologize for not looking into this further before I made this post.
Sunday, February 9, 2003 10:54 AM
Box Track isn't normal on Schwarzkopfs...I think there's only 2 of them with it.
Sunday, February 9, 2003 11:00 AM
Really? I didn't know that either. Dang, I knew there were things that I didn't know but this isn't one of them. I thought Schwarzkopf was the inventor of the box track that Intamin now uses. I will admit that I have only been on a few of Schwarzkopf's rides... Shockwave at SFoT, Mindbender at SFoG, Laser at Dorney Park, Scorpion at Busch Tampa, and Viper at SFoG and I thought all of those used the box tracking except for Viper.
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Sunday, February 9, 2003 11:08 AM
LOL, I will just shut up now. I am showing my coaster ignorance too much. I see that Laser and Scorpion also uses the two rail track. I have to admit that I have just recently started calling myself an enthusiast and I know I have much to learn. At the time I rode most of these Schwarzkopf models I was not a die hard coaster fan and didn't pay attention enough to the details of the coaster, such as the type of track that was used.
Thank you for pointing these details out to me.
-Hey, I just checked out some pictures from Laser at Dorney Park and I really like the new paint job.
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Sunday, February 9, 2003 11:30 AM
In the Features section of this site; there is a section on "Trackspotting 101".
Sunday, February 9, 2003 3:15 PM
Tidal Wave never had a yellow train. I'm not sure if the one pictured on the SFKK site is indeed Astroworld's since I don't see that structure that goes over the launch track (perhaps it is just out of the picture). Several of the Schwarzkopf shuttles had box track around the loop, with the rest of the ride featuring a tubular spine like you see in that pic. Trust me I researched all this during the TW model I did last year. Only two of the shuttles featured the truss loops, Kings Dominion's King Kobra, and Carowinds' White Lightnin'. Both of these are still in operation, though overseas. Truss on park models can be seen on Sooperdooperlooper and Revolution.
For detailed info on both types of shuttles, see weight drop and flywheel.
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Sunday, February 9, 2003 9:01 PM
Arrow Guy, since you probably know more about the physical aspects of Tidal Wave than anyone else, I've got a question for you: If that really is a picture of Tidal Wave (which I doubt, because of the train), should we the tops of a few waves peeking over from the other side? Part of me thinks we should, but I can't remember just how tall they were...
I hear America screaming...
Tuesday, February 11, 2003 3:02 PM
It's not Tidal Wave, and yes, we'd see some waves! Here's an old but good example: http://www.angelfire.com/oh4/tk173/tidalwave3.jpg
The only other possibility might be SFOT's Shockwave, which has had no less than 89 different paint schemes :) But I'm sure it's Astroworld's.
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