I'll wait around for an official announcement on what they are doing AND ride the ride before I make a judgement on this.
Of course, if they took MY advice, the only "Rosebowl" left would be that football game in Pasadena... :)
I've had fifty foot drop coasters cause me more pain than SOB ever did. Big DIpper at Geauga's a prime example.
^^The Giant Dipper has a couple of pretty rough spots too. Anyway, nice to hear they ain't gonna taer it down!!!000011100000111
*** Edited 11/28/2006 7:08:46 PM UTC by janfrederick***
Assuming what you've heard is true, Jeff, that sounds like a 180* turn(-around) from EVERYTHING that's been previously said...and yes, I *did* ask at the factory tour after PPP '05, only to get the same response we'd *always* heard re: trains...
My thinking (yeah, I know, LOL) is that somehow the insurability issues have been ironed out? If so, then, ummmm, yeeeeehaaaaaw! This could be GREAT news for some older coasters currently running...."crap"...for trains... :)
*** Edited 11/28/2006 7:24:50 PM UTC by rollergator***
So, will an 'improved ride experience' translate into trims???
Haha no I'm not giving Patrick the finger
If the client is positioned right and willing to take on that liability themselves, the problem can be solved.
In my opinion, which I have stated before on this forum, there are two basic problems with Son of Beast.
The trains are ergonomically horrible. They were badly designed and then refitted twice to make them even worse. They are also mechanically inadequate to the ride. They are incapable of steering the curves on a ride that is nothing but curves.
The lateral shaking could be fixed by using a train of shorter cars, preferrably trailered with the axles between the cars. The overall length of the train isn't a problem, but each car is too long for its wheelbase. The vertical pounding was a structural issue which has mostly been fixed, but proper seat cushioning would go a long way toward correcting the problem as well.
This is where Son of Beast really fails. It features a great big boring helix, followed by the vertical loop, followed by...another great big boring helix. It seems odd, but all the straight drops on the ride are pretty good, but way too much of the ride is eaten up in those miserable helii.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
I've heard that GCI is actually building trains for existing rides. Nothing certain, and I'm not saying they're building some for this ride, only that I've heard they're no longer turning away that business. (And yeah, I've been saying for ages it would be stupid for them to do so.)
Thats ludicrous to state. and yes they are turning away buisness concentrating on only a couple projects per year.
Now they've expanded, with a office in KY so they can take on more buisness but they will never build seven coasters in a year the way I see it.
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