Sunday, April 8, 2001 9:43 AM
I don't know if it's just me but, doesn't it seem like most of the new steel coasters this year are being completed almost overnight?
Didn't SFGadv start steel erection on Nitro in January. It's up and running now. Talon was completed in 2 months or so. X-Flight seemed to pop up in about a month.
Some seemed to take a long time Phantoms Revenge, Hypersonic but most seemed to be up in a month or two.
We came, We saw, We rode, We went home! :)
Sunday, April 8, 2001 9:47 AM
Yeah makes me kind of sick to see talon just sitting there for the past two months just lookin pretty.
"One good thing about all this, with all this fresh air were gonna sleep like babies"
Sunday, April 8, 2001 9:51 AM
It's called prefabrication. Most of the steel coaster builders today design them to be bolted together like an Erector set. This cuts down on fabrication time and allows it to be assembled at the factory and be tested there. Assembly on site is much quicker because they know every thing fits(if the footers have been placed properly). Arrow,on the other hand welds their rides together,a much more time consuming procedure.
*** This post was edited by Dutchman on 4/8/2001. ***
Sunday, April 8, 2001 12:41 PM
Once it's designed and fabricated, putting up a steel coaster doesn't take much time. Installing the foundations can take a lot of time or a little time depending on the design. Getting things certified for multitrain operation can also be time consuming. It's not steel, but it took months to get SOB certified for multi-train operation last year.