Just wanted to post to let everyone know that I have just spotted a semi-load (flatbed trailer) with several large pieces of coaster track heading north-bound on I75 thru Sidney, Ohio (about 45 minutes north of Dayton).
It was painted bright yellow and orange and one section appeared to be a break run. It appeared to be B&M track - I'm sorry, I'm not good at identifying track by manufacturer...
Also, I couldn't snap any pictures as I was heading south-bound and it was on the other side of me on the interstate...
Anyone have any ideas? *** Edited 10/24/2007 6:47:55 PM UTC by OhioCoasterFan***
I-75 through Toledo area, then up to Detroit into Canada. From there you head east to Toronto. About 500 miles.
I-71 Would mean heading to Cleveland then to Buffalo into Canada. From there, you dogleg back to Toronto. Not sure the milage.
Isn't I-75 the shorter option? Also, perhaps customs etc has something to do with it. I know from personal experience that the border at Buffalo/Niagara backs up HORRIBLY... whereas I've not had trouble getting held up too badly in Detroit.
^ A B&M Floorless hypercoaster? You do know that with floorless coaches requires horse-collars...due to the inability to incorporate a functional lapbar system for four-abreast seating on a floorless chassis. Why do you think their current hypercoasters have elevated seating, but with a floor? That's the best alternative they could come up with for a floorless hypercoaster train. :)
Krax... I would have agreed with you until S and S built a lap bar restraint that functions well on a floorless seat for thier Screaming Swings. With a telescoping lap bar, a floorless hyper is a real possibility. This was debated on CW Mania prior to Behemoths announcement as a possibility for Wonderland, as the rumors were that there was a different seating style to be used for this hyper. Turned out to to be the staggered seating arrangement though.
^ You're right about the S&S restraints for the Screamin' Swing. A telescoping lapbar is possible, but I believe only adaquete for certain types of rides.
A hypercoaster and a fixed swing ride have different ride dynamics. Being whipped around a tight helix, coasting over the top of huge hills, or diving 75-degrees down a 200-foot drop isn't the same as swinging in a 120-degree arch over and over. The varying forces from many directions on a roller coaster requires a lot more out of restraint systems.
Even if B&M were to do it, the four-abreast seating arrangement would have to be thrown out, opting for two-abreast. There is no way the two middle seats could have a telescoping lapbar with the outside seats in the way.
Traditional, hyper, floorless trains may not work...........but what about a hyper-floorless-dive machine!
True, they still have OTSR's, but if KI got a more outside the box model than Sheikra or Griffon (i.e. more elements than drops and immelmanns; 0-g roll?), that would more than make up for it, in my opinion. A traditional hyper coaster would be just as good though; both have good capacity, which is what KI needs.
You can easily have a floorless coaster with just a lap bar. Take the stupid shoulder strips off of Maverick and what's left? A lap bar that attaches only to the seat - not to the floor of the ride. Does B&M make anything like this? No. Is it possible? Totally.