Storm Runner topped off at Hersheypark

Posted Monday, February 9, 2004 8:44 AM | Contributed by CoasterBGW

The top hat of Storm Runner, Hersheypark's new Intamin rocket coaster, reaches 150 feet with its highest track piece.

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Monday, February 9, 2004 12:53 PM
dude...that thing looks insane..just took the virtual ride.....i am SO GLAD i go to college an hour from Hershey:)
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Monday, February 9, 2004 1:52 PM
Anyone see the pics of the tophat on screamscape, it's the weirdest looking tophat i've ever seen.
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Monday, February 9, 2004 2:07 PM
Really? Except for the supports it looks a lot like Xcelerator's top hat.
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Monday, February 9, 2004 2:19 PM
I suppose you're right moosh, just the supports that threw me off.

http://www.screamscape.com/assets/images/db_images/db_2004_StormRunner_TopHat1_w1.jpg

http://rcdb.com/picmax/knotts-berry-farm/xcelerator11.jpg

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Monday, February 9, 2004 2:29 PM
No worries. Considering the proximity of Hershey's mine train, steam train, and monorail the supports would have to be different than Xcelerators.
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Monday, February 9, 2004 5:37 PM
It looks like a S&S thrust air with different supports. It looks like it goes up with out the twist like on xcelerater and TTD. have they finished the snake roll yet?
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Monday, February 9, 2004 6:11 PM
Fearless - going up there is a 90* twist, just like on Xcelerator and Dragster. There is no twist on the dive down, a feature unique to Storm Runner.
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Monday, February 9, 2004 9:45 PM
Has Intamin learned nothing? Why are they having so much unspported track on Storm Runner when they had to add supports to Xcelerator's tophat? I guess it could be because Hershey's version isn't as tall, but still...
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Monday, February 9, 2004 10:28 PM
Yes, lilspike, so far Intamin has had to add supports/ more structure to at least 2 of their coasters so far (WT and Xcelerator). I am interested to see some pics of the barrel roll into the dive, that should be interesting. If it can pull what Manhattan Express can pull, I am happy to go.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2004 8:15 AM
The arch itself was not the issue on Xcelerator. It was the lateral movement of the entire structure that they apparently didn't like. Take a look... that's clearly not going to be the issue on this ride.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2004 7:36 PM
Plus, they would have to super-reinforce the structure in Knott's due to earthquake safety standards. I don't believe Hershey has to worry about that sort of thing ;)
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Friday, February 13, 2004 11:53 AM
This will be a great ride to ride!!!!!!!!
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