SFO The Villain

Sunday, April 30, 2000 1:02 PM
Hey I was just wondering why is Six Flag's Ohio's Villain, steel? The supports are steel! Can someone explain? Also is it classified as wood or steel? Thanks!

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Sunday, April 30, 2000 1:14 PM
I believe it is steel supported to shorten the time to build it and reduce maitenance costs. I would still classify it as a woodie, because the track is wood.

Matt Bly
Sunday, April 30, 2000 4:30 PM
Yes it still is a wood coaster, the steel is used becuase it cuts down on maintance costs and will hold up better in the long run. Many famous coaster designers in the 20's also used steel.
Sunday, April 30, 2000 8:01 PM
Yup, some older "wooden" coasters, like Coney Island's Cyclone, use steel supports.

It's still a "wood" coaster because it's the same laminated wood track with steel rail contruction on top of those steel beams.

Heck, LOTS of wood coasters use steel in key parts. Even Thunderbolt at Kennywood has at least one I-beam (where they cut into the structure to allow Phantom to pass under it)

It's apparently more expensive to build, but easier and cheaper to maintain long-term.



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