Stengel Freefall Concept

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 3:15 PM

Between studying and everything else, I don't get much time to post or read, so I don't know if this has been brought up before. I can't find it where I've looked anyway.

I was searching through patent applications and came across this. I converted it to a PDF and put it on my webpage, so anyone can view it. (I have more PDF patents on there if anyone is interested)

Anyway, it looks really interesting, but it seems doubtful that it will ever be made. Although for all I know it might be being constructed somewhere right now. Just wondering if anybody had any details on what this is, and how often these patents materialize into actual rides.

This one in particular seems possible. At least from an engineering standpoint it seems like given the right attention it could be made simply and safely. The most complicated part would be making sure that the trains can't fall unless the track is lined up, but I believe even the solution to that problem is obvious and easily reached.


Steve Guilmette
Mechanical Engineering
UNC Charlotte

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 3:21 PM
I couldn't get it work. @#%$#!!!
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 4:19 PM
That's pretty spiffy. I think I remember a discussion about it a while back, but I'm not too sure. As far as I know no park has picked it up.
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 5:58 PM
It was brought up before, but thanks for showing us the plans for it. It was thought that it would be cool, but if this is the one that rotates after being braked on the tower, I know some people (including myself) thought there would be an extreme dead point in the ride. It's a cool idea, but because of the cost and extreme "dead" time I don't know how soon we'd see one of these.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 6:09 PM

Yea, i have a ton of those patent pics, they were on, and will be there when it comes back..

But the Coaster is interesting, im still tryin to figure out how it works.


Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:07 PM

can't seem to get the PDF to work, anyway anybody could post it on a site, or a link to the pix?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:13 PM
TS...make sure you've got a current version of Acrobat, worked just fine for me....oh, and "did I sey"...;)

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