Thursday, September 12, 2002 11:04 AM
I tried doing a search for this but couldn't find anything. Does anyone know the specifics on how the steel loop on Son of a beast is actually connected to the wood structure of the rollercoaster? I was just pondering the thought of this today and it was totally boggling my mind. Maybe thats why I'm not an engineer major. But yeah, does anyone know?
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Thursday, September 12, 2002 11:09 AM
well i belive they just put up a steel loop support thingy and out wooden rails on it...i think.
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Thursday, September 12, 2002 11:26 AM
As far as I know the loop is just bolted onto the structure, just like a normal woodie. I could be wrong tho.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 11:41 AM

The "steel loop" on SOB is actually just steel spine with actual wood track. The steel spine has steel tie rods that branch off and have metal plates with pre-drilled bolt holes on them. The wooden track, that must be soaked in water and bent to match the curvature of the loop, is bolted to the plates.

The wooden spine meets the steel spine in a basic way. Steel tie trusses begin at the base of the drop to the loop to which the steel loop spine is connected. All this is secured on a very thick concrete support slab that acts as a giant footer and stabilizes the transition.

The track is 8 layers of oak, I believe, and is consistant throughout the ride. None of the track is steel.

Shaggy

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 11:51 AM
The track for the loop is wood, the supports and spine however is steel.
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Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:19 PM

YAY!!!!! I get to correct Shaggy!

For the structure of wooden coasters they Southern Yellow Pine wood. For the 8 layers on the track (number of layer depends on design and company) they use Douglas Fir.

Douglas Fir is found in Colorado and Southern Yellow Pine is found in Georgia.

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*** This post was edited by PkI FaNaTiC on 9/12/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:22 PM

YAY!!!! I get to correct PkI FaNaTiC!

Its F-I-R, not F-U-R...unless you're wearing that Southern Yellow Pine as an attractive full-length coat ;-)

Moosh - wondering what a coaster made of FUR would be like...?

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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh on 9/12/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:27 PM

Don't you just love the edit function ;) Yes it was my fault. I am a terrible speller. And hey, I'll admit, I look up to Shaggy. And it's not everyday that you get to correct him. I just wanted to get that posted before anyone else did.

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*** This post was edited by PkI FaNaTiC on 9/12/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:51 PM

Guess, I get to correct everyone, SOB's track is Pine for every layer except the top. That layer is Douglas Fir.

Shaggy has the loop connection and trackage right though, That may be all Douglas Fir there and maybe why it is the only part of the ride that never starts washboarding at some point in the year.

Chuck, who hasn't ridden Sonny in over a month and isn't really missing PKI too much right now. (I'll get the bug back soon though)

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:54 PM

Chuck - how are you correcting me, man? All I did was say it was FIR! LOL!

Moosh - giving Chuck a hard time.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 2:02 PM

Whow........it's amazing how you think you're right and then the next second you're wrong.

I stand corrected.....twice.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 2:05 PM

Moosh, you trying to show me the Fir?

Chuck, who would just settle for being Mooshed at SRM instead :)

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 2:08 PM
Its haven't experienced SRM unless you've been Mooshed!

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 2:31 PM
I've never been mooshed at SRM!

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 3:11 PM

I think i saw soemthing liek this on the local news ( i live in Cincy ). I believe what they said was that the loops is wood, in layers. What they did was stack each layer ( i guess 8 in all ), but not evenly, with one board directly over the other. They made it in almsot a step pattern. This allowed the wood to bend much easier, and the joints to be much stronger.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 3:26 PM
Could it be possible for the entire ride be made like the loop?

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 3:36 PM
Sure. That would probably not be too different that steel structured wood coasters like Villain, Great White, CI Cyclone, etc.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 6:16 PM

Interestingly enough, there was consideration given to making the loop support structure entirely of laminated wood, but this idea was scrapped once Paramount learned that it would have to be replace in its entirety if it developed a structural problem. It is much cheaper to fix the steel as individual parts.

Scott

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