On the BGT website it says that the ride is a 90 degree drop, but G5 and Oblivion are at an 87.5* angle. does anyone know if this was just looked over for advertising reasons, and if the drop will be that severe in terms of how long the drop will be straight?
Knowing Busch's history of exaggeration, it wouldn't surprise me if the drops are that of the other B&M dive machines, not that it really matters as it is very difficult to tell 88-degrees from 90 while riding. For instance, remember when Rhino Rally was being billed as having a "out of control river section." =:^)
The most recent info from BGT is "Opening May '05"....given the trackwork progress reports as of late, I'd be VERY surprised if it opened *any* earlier than Tax Day, even for a soft-opening...(that's April 15 for you non-US buzzers).
Realistically, I wouldn't even COUNT on it being open until mid-late May given the way our state government...."works"...(i.e., exceedingly slowly, and without any real sense of purpose or direction, which DOES make it frustrating for those of us who like to see *progress*)....;)
This is just a guess, but it seems logical to me...
At 88.5 it's almost a freefall, but there's still enough forward progress that the wheels of the train are still on the track. In a full 90* drop, you're dropping straight down. There's nothing really keeping the train on the track anymore. Especially given other factors like wind, riders wiggling, etc. I understand concepts like guide wheels and upstop wheels, but that freedom of movement could cause problems/safety concerns at worst, and extra wear and tear and best.
I think dannerman is *spot on* about the wear and tear, anytime you went from FREEFALL to any angle at pull-out, the wear on the road wheels would be *extreme*...and from the riders' perspective, I'd bet the difference isn't even noticeable...
As far as safety concerns, I don't *think* that would be an issue unless your pull-out was really SEVERE...then there's be a LOAD of g-force and in a worst-case scenario, it'd valley as often as a GIB...;)
Diagramatically: \_ is one (good) thing for trains and riders...
I also said in my post that I understand about guide/upstops. Touching the rails isn't necessarily the same as being "on the track". If nothing else, it seems that there'd be (over the course of many many laps) much more wear on those springs, etc. Also, with the slight "jiggling" that'd be possible with the [spring-loaded] wheels, I don't think the drop would be as smooth.