Sunday, June 1, 2003 4:20 PM
I went to PKI Friday night for a little bit. Since some people had been talking about SOB and its new restraints I had to check it out. Sure enough both trains had made the transformation. I can't tell if there is any extra room or not. The floor boards are still there and so are the metal grip bars. The seats are maybe a little less bulky and are padded all around. The ride experiance wasn't any different to me. It still shakes you around a lot and your knees can still knock the metal grip bar. I just wanted to update anyone who was wondering about them
Monday, June 2, 2003 7:24 AM
We were at PKI on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, maintenance spent all day changing train #2s restraints. On Thursday, it was train #1s turn.
I rode both Wed. and Thurs. and can tell you that the new restratints do make the ride 'more tolerable'. I am a big guy (5'10" - 225 pounds) and hated having my legs banged around inside the old restraints. With the new restraints, the sides are padded and they seem to be a little wider, making for a much more comfortable ride.
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Monday, June 2, 2003 3:34 PM
who designed the cars? are they RCCA cars and what other rides compare to the old type or seats?
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Canadas Coaster Drew
Monday, June 2, 2003 3:39 PM
The rolling stock was designed by Premier.
The Other Siebert
Monday, June 2, 2003 3:54 PM
Why don't they just sell those trains and use the $ towards some nice roomy PTC trains so I can actually fit (I'm 6'6)without having to cross my ankles and shove the lap bar over my knees.
137 coasters and counting...last parks:BGW,PKD,SFA,+Hershey
Monday, June 2, 2003 3:57 PM
Uhhhh.....'cuz PTCs for woodies don't do them loopies much? Just a thought.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 4:30 AM
If I'm not mistaken, someone around here (RideMan?) once mentioned that the reason SoB can't use those "nice, roomy PTC's" is because the track gauge is wider than standard wooden coasters. Can anyone back me up on this?
ray p. (who rates SoB as his #4 wooden coaster)
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 5:44 AM
PTC has the ability to make their trains fit any gauge. Tom Rebbie (at No Coaster Con 2003) said that they have made custom trains for specific gauges in the past.
Whether or not the park wants to foot the bill for custom building the trains is the question...
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Tuesday, June 3, 2003 1:08 PM
It's not just a gauging problem. The trains are also constructed with large road wheels to handle high speed operation, and a very short wheelbase so that the cars can successfully negotiate the loop.
It's interesting...every feature of that ride is pretty much defined by the loop. The loop is as big as it is because if it were any smaller the trains couldn't go through it. The ride is as tall as it is because if it were any shorter the train wouldn't reliably make it through the loop. That leaves the helixes, which are probably related to the amount of time and energy the ride needs to burn compared with the available plot of ground.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 1:27 PM
I'll buy everything except the helixes. Because if you're correct that they need those to disperse the energy, explain the lack of track on TTD.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2003 1:55 PM
Notice that the bit about the helixes was merely speculative. In reality, as much as anything they probably wanted to recreate The Beast's ending in the first half of the ride...
I'll be the first to admit that there are much more interesting things they could have done with the energy.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 3:13 PM
Yeah, big, GCI-type twister section!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2003 3:23 PM
Does anyone have a pic of the new restraints??? I just want to see what they look like. Thanx. :)
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