Pinfari Zyklon question

Monday, June 20, 2011 8:25 PM

What is that little swimming pool looking thing in the middle for? Just to weigh it down?

http://www.rcdb.com/682.htm?p=17750

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Monday, June 20, 2011 8:28 PM

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.

Edit - Yes, my memory does serve correctly...

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, June 20, 2011 8:29 PM
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Monday, June 20, 2011 10:35 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).

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Monday, June 20, 2011 10:51 PM

That looks to be a ZL-42 (Looping Zyklon 42m) and yes, that is a ballast tank.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:08 AM

Do they at least treat it to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:42 AM

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).

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 9:52 AM

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.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:01 AM

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..

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:48 AM

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...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:15 PM

I ride that ride every summer. Its a winner.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:52 PM

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

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:01 PM

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.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:32 PM

Unwanted ducks(or geese) and coasters = Fabio flash back.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:36 PM

Seagulls like rocks ;)

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