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is it me or is the train dangerously close to the top of the spike here?

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DawgByte II's avatar
It's definately you. You've still got a good 7 feet of clearance before you smack into that little stopper.

Yeah, but from the front seat it looks about 9 inches - that's what makes it fun.

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Fun's avatar
Theoretically, the design of the safety system will not allow the LIMS to fire fast enough to send the train all the way to the bumper. Apparently the impulse coasters only use a certain percentage of each LIM's power, meaning their is "untapped" power in each LIM (once again, this is all theoretical).

But that doesn't mean the train hasn't hit the bumper on an impulse. ;-). It just means that other forces were at work (Temperature, Wind, etc.)... Or that the guys test running the equipment during construction have the LIMs "cranked-up" a bit.


And even if the train did hit a bumper with passengers on it, I don't think it would really be a big deal. That's what the stopper is supposed to do after all! *** Edited 9/27/2006 9:53:00 PM UTC by Fun***

SFoGswim's avatar
And the stopper is spring loaded and ready to absorb the impact, so as long as you didn't go into it at like 10 mph, it wouldn't even be that uncomfortable.

Welcome back, red train, how was your ride?!
coasterqueenTRN's avatar
You guys are sick puppies. ;)
Mamoosh's avatar
Shirley you can't be discovering that now, Tina! ;)
I don't think the stopper is spring loaded. I think it's pneumatic.
You need to look at int in terms of scale. Assuming that the picture was shot just as the car hit the top of its path on the spike, there is approximately one car length between the end of the bumper and the front of the given car. Not having a ruler with me when I've been at a park, I'd estimate that would be a good 10 feet or so. That's a lot of extra power necessary to go the extra distance...

Mamoosh said:
Shirley you can't be discovering that now, Tina!

Yes I am.....and don't call me Shirley ;)

Yeah, it's close but no cigar. That's the fun of it.

I think they should put a sign on it that reads: If you can read this. You're too close!

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