Is there ever going to be a day when we get these things to go inverted? I think they are fantastic coasters, but they need some more elements besides the twisted-swinging track layouts. I would love to see one go inverted.
That would awsome! I would love to see one with a really long in-line twist. It will probably happen some day. But i doubt it will happen withinn the next 5 years, or maybe they will do it next year. I dunno, it would just be really cool!
Actually, I can think of a way, but it's probably still an engineering nightmare.
Ever notice how in the stations of suspended coasters (at least Iron Dragon at Cedar Point, the only suspended I've ever really LOOKED at), there's a pair of guide rails to keep the cars from swinging while the train is in the station, and under the cars is a small knob (for lack of a better word, I've never gotten a GOOD look at it) that fits in this guide track.
Well, what if approaching the loop the train went into a set of these guide rails that follow along the loop -- the train wouldn't be able to swing while in the loop...
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Actually, the original design of an Arrow suspended included a corkscrew. I've seen video of a working scale model. Thank god they didn't build a full size version. Imagine your run of the mill Arrow corkscrew element taken extremely fast in order to keep the suspended trains from swinging over due to gravity. Ouch!
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Well if they really wanted to couldn'tthey put floors on cars like those on B&M inverts or does that create too much weight. I peronally like Iron Dragon anyway. Very peaceful and relaxing for a break.
I could possibly see somthing like an in line twist on a suspended followed by a few mild turns to stop the sway of the cars. I wonder if they could put some sort of sensors on the track to lock up the swinging while in an inversion. They lock the cars on the Exterminator to stop them from spinning why not lock the suspended trains in a fixed position. If they do it on a lifthill they align at the bottom and then could negotiate the inversions.
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I've read that originally they had toyed with that idea of a mechanical pushing device to make the suspended coaster go into loop. How would that work? Something grabbing at the trains or something built onto what GregLeg's speaking of.
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Okay okay, people are talking about locking the cars so they don't swing on loops and what not. Think about riding Chaos at Cedar Point. When you get down to the ground, the cars lock and what a bang that is. Now First, the idea of a guide rail. Because the cars will probably be swinging when they enter, making the cars bang on the guide rails. I don't think I want to be on the coaster when that happens. That will bang the cars from side to side. It will hurt. As for just locking the cars from a signal or something, same banging. I don't think its a good Idea to have any looks or inversion on swinging suspendeds