What is that little swimming pool looking thing in the middle for? Just to weigh it down?
That looks like a portable model, so I am almost sure that the pool is there to weigh it down.
Laser at Dorney had a lot of smaller pools to weigh it down, if my memory serve correctly.Monday, June 20, 2011 8:29 PM
According to the GP, it's to catch you if you fall out during the loop (sadly I really did hear this at Dorney a few years ago).
That looks to be a ZL-42 (Looping Zyklon 42m) and yes, that is a ballast tank.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Do they at least treat it to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes?
Didn't you hear, that's the new mayfly breeding pond, Cedar Fair's way of being green. You can't have a decent park without mayflies(Fishflys for some).
This particular one doesnt inspire much confidence.
It looks like my friends and I set it up over a couple of beers with random cinder blocks, patio blocks and wood blocks as cribbing to level it out.
Yeah, with the weight of water (8.35lbs). If it's got 1000gal, which I don't think it does that's 8350lbs!!! Apparently that's all the weight needed at this location on the support..
The high turns would have slower train speeds, so I don't think as much ballast is required as if it were in an area where the train was moving at 40mph or so...
I ride that ride every summer. Its a winner.
That particular ride got my daughter over her fear of coasters. She progressed from that, to the woodies at Knoebels to Farenheight in one Summer
I don't know if this is common on rides that need ballast, but I know of at least of two in the UK that were filled with large stones instead of water as it attracted unwanted ducks into the ride area.
Unwanted ducks(or geese) and coasters = Fabio flash back.
Seagulls like rocks ;)
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