Psyclone trains on Colossus

Saturday, March 8, 2003 2:19 PM
I forgot to ask this as soon as I got back from Solace but...

Why are the Psyclone trains at SFMM on the transfer track on Colossus? I don't have pictures but while riding Goliath I looked over and saw both the Psyclone and Colossus trains on their transfer track and only one train was running on Psyclone all day.

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 2:32 PM
They use the Psycone trains when they run one side backwards.

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 3:20 PM
And just in case someone asks "Why? Why don't they just turn a Colossus train backwards?"

Because you need raised headrests on a coach in order to run it backwards safely. Colossus' trains do not have headrests, Psyclone's do.

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Saturday, March 8, 2003 3:48 PM
Funny... you'd think they need "forehead rests." ;)
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Don't you want some ERT? - not on Psyclone, thanks very much...
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Saturday, March 8, 2003 4:11 PM
You *do* need forehead rests on Psucklone, cause you just gotta bang your head thinking "why did I even waste the time to ride THIS"...;). Amazing to think how good ALL the other CI-clones are, and how truly awful that thing is...I'd have to say that even WW or RT are *better* woodies, but the competition down THAT far on the list is pretty slim...

To think that at one point, Colossus ran trains designed for it, on both sides. Some of the old-timers at Con got misty-eyed talking about those trains and the original layout...what a shame...
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Monday, March 10, 2003 9:31 AM
Gator, WW was running very very very well last year. Smooth as glass, but forcless. It was far from being as bad as RT or Oh-my-god-I-broke-my-back-ules

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Da Poodle

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Monday, March 10, 2003 10:01 AM
Sorry, kRaXLeRidAh, but you're wrong.

If you look at this pic you'll notice the anti-rollback devices on Colossus are in the center of the track. That means the chain dogs are mounted in the center, so logically the chain lift is in the center of the track, too. Since the chain dogs are in the center the brake fins must be mounted to one side, or off-center.

If you turn the Morgan trains backwards the brake fins no longer line up with the brakes. Coincidentally the Psyclone train's brake fins are *also* off-center, but on the opposite side, hence they can *only* run backwards on Colossus.

Ta-da!

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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 3/10/2003 3:04:49 PM ***

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Monday, March 10, 2003 10:06 AM
Brent, if *that* was smooth for WW, count me as grateful that I didn't go when it was running poorly...that thing was awful. The surprise hit of MiA, for us, turned out to be the awesome mouse...that thing was too kewl!
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Monday, March 10, 2003 10:14 AM
Since they only run Colossus backwards during Fright Fest these days, does anyone know why the Psyclone trains are even over there right now?

-Adam

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Monday, March 10, 2003 10:30 AM
Gotta love the Arrow Meese Bill. I just wish more parks woudl get them.

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Da Poodle

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Monday, March 10, 2003 10:40 AM
Thanks for the answer, I was just confused when I saw them there. One of the shows they played on the Discovery Channel sunday talked about SFMM and fright fest. They showed Colossus running backwards with the Psyclone trains, it was pretty cool.

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Chris Tyson
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www.pkiunlimited.com

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Monday, March 10, 2003 10:40 AM
Psyclone has three trains. During Fright Fest two are moved to Colossus, one remains on Psyclone.

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Monday, March 10, 2003 10:51 AM
Better Arrow Meeses than Edwin Meeses, Brent...or is that reference too old for ya...;)

bill, who just *knows* that three of *those* trains on Psyclone at one time would surely cause the structure to crumble...but isn't entirely convinced that's be a *bad* thing...

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Monday, March 10, 2003 11:03 AM
Edwin Meese? Are you older than god, Gator?

Moosh

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Monday, March 10, 2003 11:14 AM
Gator, did they have cars when you were a kid? ;)

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Monday, March 10, 2003 11:16 AM
Older than god, 'Moosh....hardly. I'm not even as old as YOU.....buwahahaha. But I *am* old enough to remember this guy: http://www.heritage.org/About/Staff/EdwinMeese.cfm. Even if you don't click the link, the URL should tell you ALL you need to know...;)

edit: Bass can at least *claim* to be the same age as me, for almost one month every year...;)
*** This post was edited by rollergator 3/10/2003 4:17:06 PM ***

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Monday, March 10, 2003 12:34 PM
Actually the social studies major in me was way ahead of you in the Meese department. But I was speaking of the rodents.

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Da Poodle

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Monday, March 10, 2003 12:50 PM
Brent - Is there a difference?

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Tuesday, March 11, 2003 4:15 AM
"I hate meeses to pieces".....

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