son of beast brake launch?

Friday, July 6, 2001 6:44 PM
I heard that at the brakes before the loop on Son of Beast, that a launch could be performed there to generate the necessary speed to complete the rest of the course. Obviously you would only get stopped there if there was trouble ahead. But has anyone heard of it happening or has it happened to anybody? *** This post was edited by djansi on 7/7/2001. ***
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Friday, July 6, 2001 6:46 PM
Woooaaa!! That would be sweet!!

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Steel- 1.Millennium Force
Wood- 1.The Beast
"Airtime, how sweet it is!"
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Friday, July 6, 2001 6:47 PM
What they should do is build a tunnel over the brakes, and stop the riders every time during the circuit then wait a couple seconds and launch them!

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Steel- 1.Millennium Force
Wood- 1.The Beast
"Airtime, how sweet it is!"
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Friday, July 6, 2001 6:50 PM
Those brakes are currently used for trim brakes, but if they ever get the third train on they would be used as a block brake. Just like in the station, there are power driven wheels to help get the train moving, on the brake run. This is similiar to the staions on other ride like King Cobra, and most B&M stations. All block/trim brakes are built at a point where a train could be stopped and then safely complete the remainder of the ride.

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www.geocities.com/coastersrz I`ve riden Son of Beast 38 times!
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Friday, July 6, 2001 6:59 PM
I know this sounds crazy, but how about a LSM/LIM woodie?

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Friday, July 6, 2001 7:12 PM
Yeah, then PKI could rename it The Super Gimick ;)
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Friday, July 6, 2001 8:10 PM
The SooperDooperGimick!

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Cyclops. 1900 feet of CCI goodness.
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Friday, July 6, 2001 8:14 PM

coastersrz said:
"Those brakes are currently used for trim brakes, but if they ever get the third train on they would be used as a block brake."

At No Coaster Con this year, Jeff Siebert said SOB was running at an acceptable capacity with two trains, so they were not going to add the third train. Boo is what I say. :-\ Ah, well, it IS Paramount after all, lately, the haven't seemed to care too much about capacity.

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"No listenin', you hear me?"
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Friday, July 6, 2001 8:41 PM
Translation: "It's not nearly as popular as we had hoped."

...if it were, they'd need that third train. I wonder what their excuse is for Flight of Fear.

Just trying to read between the soundbites...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Friday, July 6, 2001 8:52 PM
I heard the excuse for Flight of Fear was that they had only ordered four to begin with and when they realized the popularity, Premier was too busy with other projects. And, yes, I do believe Son of Beast is running at a good capacity. They would probobly be stacking if a 3rd came in, so it wouldn't help. Unloading at the end of the brakes would be a good idea though to get the third train on.

When has PKI itself not cared about capacity? All of their coasters always run at full capacity unless there's a mechanical problem or an outside force stopping that. Heck, Adventure Express proves that. About bad capacity, *cough" Six Flags**Cedar Fair*cough*.

*I'm referring to Dorney, KK, and NE in particular, although KBF was only running one or two(GR only) trains on all of it's coasters on my visit
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Friday, July 6, 2001 9:21 PM

coastersrz said:
"Those brakes are currently used for trim brakes, but if they ever get the third train on they would be used as a block brake. Just like in the station, there are power driven wheels to help get the train moving, on the brake run. This is similiar to the staions on other ride like King Cobra, and most B&M stations. All block/trim brakes are built at a point where a train could be stopped and then safely complete the remainder of the ride.

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yeah, normally they only make brakes where it can complete the track, but I heard somewhere that at that point it would not make it without a little added boost, i'm not talking a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop type thing, but more of a mini-Incredible Hulk type launch, using what few wheels it has to give the train a little more than a starting shove. I heard this while it was getting built, however, and you know how rumors fly around.
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