There are several large wood coasters, which don't have a good reputation because of the roughness of the ride, or because the parks have trimmed or reprofiled the thrill out of those rides in order to save the coaster from tearing itself apart.
These coasters come to mind: Rattler, SOB, Mean Streak, Texas Giant.
Would it be possible to retrack these coaster with the prefab wood track that is being used in the industry today? Do you think this would bring those coasters back as a signature ride for the parks?
yep. Pre fab wood makes woodies so much smoother. ride a woodie that you know has prefab wood and one with natural wood. the one with natural wood is much more bumpy and painfull . pre fab is smooth as glass.
I can't speak for price, but I remember that Intamin was talking about how easy replacement for track pieces. A local mill does the prefab and has every piece on file. The park calls up and orders another "E384" and they can make and deliver right away.
If they can get local mills to do the prefab track pieces, then why is SFGAdv getting the prefab pieces from Germany for initial construction? Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to just get a local mill to do it like you said?
Don't know...good question! Maybe it's cheaper to do the initial order with the supplier overseas, and then for a small replacement order, a local (to the park) mill could handle it, and would be cheaper than super-quickly flying over a replacement part. Of course, this is all just guesswork to me! I do remember back when colossus opened something about for emergency replacements a local (to the park) mill being mentioned. *** Edited 5/26/2005 4:46:06 AM UTC by Peabody***