Texas Tornado

Wednesday, March 28, 2001 5:25 AM
Has anyone blacked out from the extreme g's. I have. I wouldn't be too surprised if there are quite a few because it has about 6.7 g's.

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Fear is just Weakness Leaving the Body. --coaster_fanatic
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Wednesday, March 28, 2001 7:56 AM
I rode it last year, and although I didn't black out, it was quite intense. It was easily my favorite coaster at Astroworld. When we went this year, they weren't running Tornado, which was a real disappointment (see StandUpFan's trip report).
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Wednesday, March 28, 2001 8:20 AM
I should mention that the term, Texas Tornado is ambiguous as there are two coasters with that name.

One of which I would very much like to hear some first-hand comments about since it got a new PTC train last year........

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2001 10:51 AM

RideMan said:
"I should mention that the term, Texas Tornado is ambiguous as there are two coasters with that name.

One of which I would very much like to hear some first-hand comments about since it got a new PTC train last year........

--Dave Althoff, Jr."



The one at astroworld

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Fear is just Weakness Leaving the Body. --coaster_fanatic
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Wednesday, March 28, 2001 1:05 PM
This used to be Thriller in travelling fairs in Germany. I wouldn't be suprised about the G's because it is a Shwarpzkopf (sp?)
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Thursday, March 29, 2001 3:23 AM
I rode Thriller/texas Tornado several hundred times while it was touring germany. I had the "pleasure" of riding it in its first season 1986. This was when the cars had NO OTSR. I stumbled away from the ride feeling like ive just been tested for NASA. Since then the ride had to surpass numerous changes to make it a safe ride. In its first weeks of operation it caused many cases of whiplash and spinal injuries.
Since then the coaster was tamed but it still was a savage, incredible ride. Especially the first drop and the two loops are mindblowing. The ride was really supposed to pull 5.6 gs for a fracture of a second. But to make my point: I never had a single moment on this coaster when i came close to tunnelvision or blackout. Ive ridden this baby in heavy rain and sunshine (rain just gives the ride an extra kick to complete insanity, since the blockbrakes dont catch at all!)
Alledgedly a former Schwarzkopf creation THE TRIPLE LOOP (now being found in the UK) pulled about 6.2 gs. The secret here were two insane drops before the first two loops (the loops were average sized Schwarzkopf loops, thats why the weight of the train pushed the front car with ridiculous momentum into the first inversion. No OTSR on this ride!)Ah, those were the lucky days of pre-CAD
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Thursday, March 29, 2001 6:20 AM
I believe it is said to actually pull 6.5 g's.

-Raven_Rider

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"Hold on tight, with all your might, and enjoy your flight on the Raven!"
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Monday, April 2, 2001 12:02 PM
I drove 7 hours to Astroworld for the sole purpose of riding this coaster. When I got to the park I had the pleasure of finding out that the coaster was closed. I was not a happy camper. That was last year. From what I hear, the ride is still closed. Does anyone know what is going on?
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Monday, April 2, 2001 6:52 PM
It was shut down last year so that the trains could be refurbished, because a lot of people were complaining about the roughness. The accordian shoulder clips/headrests were removed and replaced with large over-the-shoulder restraints. Many people complained that these new harnesses made the ride even rougher, and it has been closed again. I don't know if they're padding the horse collars or putting the trains through another refurbishment.

*** This post was edited by bjal on 4/2/2001. ***
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 10:06 AM
They need to get rid of the OTSR and put in lap bars. That's what it originally had anyway. They should'nt have messed with it in the first place.
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