Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 7:16 PM | Contributed by supermandl
A roller coaster's wooden support beams were not designed to bear the ride's weight, causing a dip in the track that jolted 27 passengers injured in July, state investigators said Wednesday. The design flaw with the looping, wooden Son of Beast coaster at Paramount's Kings Island caused a vertical support called a bent leg to crack, said the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which regulates the state's amusement parks. The park says removing the loop will allow the use of lighter trains.
Read more from AP via The Akron Beacon Journal.
Don't forget the name of the park. While they haven't officially decided what to do with the Paramount name, it will eventually go away, whether in months or years...
I wonder if it will be a little higher in Mitch's poll next year?
With the loop gone and new train on the way, anone think there is a possibility for three train operation at the park? I know SOB was origionally intended for 3 trains, but I don't ever recall seeing it run that way. Depending upon what is used to replace the loop, could a block break go in that area before the drop to allow three trains to run?
The reason for the loop removal is due to the inertia of the trains I assume. The heavier trains at that point in the track have more "oompf" to make it through the loop. With lighter trains, the speed will not be as great at that point in the ride so the loop has to be removed.
My guess is physics and intertia and all that jazz have nothing to do with the weight of the trains (as it relates to the weight shift). I'm think that because there will no longer be a loop, therein no need to rstrain ppl in such a way as to keep the from faling out in the rare case of an upside down stoppage. Since the loop is now gone, they can use a more 'traditional' wood coaster restraint system. As bulky as those Premeir restraints are, I would imagine that replacing them would result in significant weight reduction.
No gimmick... I mean No Loop?
Looks like I will have to make a return visit to Kings Island again to try it out.
I might be the only one, but I liked the layout and the design and the drops... but found the trains brutal and that the loop added nothing.
*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 12/14/2006 8:48:43 AM ***
At this point in my structural engineering schooling, I have to believe that I fully understand everything in those reports, and I am led to believe that while the structural fix (for the 50+ trouble locations) won't be a quick and easy fix, its a relatively simple fix. With that in mind, the improved structure should have no problem with the existing trains.
Thats not to say that the entire structure isn't poorly designed to begin with, but the only real way to fix that is to tear the whole thing down and start over. King's Island is correct by saying that lighter trains will ensure a safer and more comfortable ride...but I just don't see the need to remove the loop. Unless the new trains are simple chairs on wheels, I just don't see a significant reduction in weight of the trains by using a somehow different restraint system. Maybe they should drop a car from the trains instead, and actually run 3 instead of 2. But thats besides the point, anyway. What does the loop have to do with anything? Lighter trains doesn't mean they won't make it through the loop. Its not like there aren't plenty of other inverting rides out there with lap-bar only restraints.
But those are just my thoughts...
*** This post was edited by Mr Doom 12/14/2006 3:22:09 PM ***
*** This post was edited by Mr Doom 12/14/2006 3:23:07 PM ***
I don't think anyone will complain if they get the "right" trains.
No reason to think it would, just feeling pessimistic this week :)
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