As of today, the supports for Great Adventure's 2005 coaster are on site. They are very similar to TTD's supports, and pretty much declares that the new coaster is indeed an Intamin, but what type is not confirmed.
One opinion is this is Rocket #4, but only time will tell.
If they beat TTD, it ain't going to be by much. You are not going to see 500 feet here (unless it is a shuttle, but I doubt that). As far as I know, the two trains rolling out of the station at once never really worked that well, so they need 3 trains max, and if they don't have a seperate unload station, 2 should be fine.
Those supports look huge for something under 200 feet. Look at the diameter compared to the fense in the pic, and then look at old pics of TTD supports in the parking lot.
edit: forgot to add that someone at gadv.com posted he saw two long lines of footers. edit2:that should be two long lines of marks for footers, not the footers themselves. *** Edited 7/30/2004 2:55:34 AM UTC by RavenTTD***
I was looking at some construction pictures of Storm Runner and the supports look nearly identical in design from just about every angle. Some of Storm Runner's supports also appear to be just as massive in diameter (for tophat and inversions). I think with SF's current financial situation it would be wiser to get something on that scale for both up-front cost ($12 million is a lot more affordable than $25 million) and maintenance issues (Top Thrill Dragster still has a few issues).
Yes, I noticed Gerstlauer's supports look very similar right from the start. However, there are subtle differences. One being the design of where the support connects to the track. Gerstlauer's is more rectangular whereas Intamin's is round.
That is true. Those stumpy supports really look like the would connect to Intamin track. With the report of two straight lines of markers, the track length, and a support that big, I think this will be another L-TH-B
If the rumors are true about this being a record-breaking coaster, could the record be for number of inversions on a coaster or most inversions in a park? I think it could be more Storm Runner-style than Dragster-style.