A intamin hyper train has the same about of seats then the B&M hyper train...
9 cars times 4 seats per car= 36 aka Nitro
9 cars, 4 seats per car = 35 aka MF
So sometimes it doesnt matter if its 2 or 4 across....
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*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 on 8/13/2002. ***
So you're saying two-across trains are typically twice as long? Why even design a 20-seat capacity train? If the coaster's any good, you've almost halved your passengers/hour, and it would be nice if parks at least appeared to care about how long the lines are.
I think that the 20 seat trains (Premier) are necessary on the launched coasters to keep the forces on the body reasonable, in any seat you are in. I am not completely sure on this though, so someone correct me if I am wrong.
They're not necessarily 'twice as long, since each car has two rows of two seats. B&M's coasters also have a little more room between each car.
They could make the trains like an Intamin hyper but with 4 across and no extra space like on B&M's.
I think as coasters get taller and longer they should build the trains longer. Since theres room for more cars on the train and the size of the train won't be like kiddie or family coasters (A Zierer Tivoli for example) where the front of the train is at the bottom of the drop while the back is still at the top.
Six Flags, the only chain of parks that can manage to have stacking with a one train operation.
It's an advantage to having trains shorter to give each rider the same experience regardelss of row and to keep the forces high enough to be something to everyone yet not get too extreme at the ends of the train. This is probably the largest difference. Second largest difference is the presence on inside seats on 4 acrosses. Enthusiasts prefer outside seats, but some GP may prefer inside. Also, 4 across trains are probably a bit heavier and more expensive per seat.
Capacity is probably effected as much by the speed of the crew and how much trouble the public has figuring out the restraints than it is by the number of seats in most cases.
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I've actually had to cajole some into riding on the outsides.
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What's the deal with "newer" steel coasters having only 2-across seating?
What are you talking about? Before 1990 almost all coasters were 2 across. It wa only until B&M came out that 4 across became popular. At least halfr of the coasters built now are 4 across.
The only pluses of 4 across coasters is being with your whole party and the novelty. 2 across is more thrilling and allows for stadium seating as well as increased capacity by not having to bend over to pull restraints.
A tip for some of you...there really are some benefits to going to a park with someone who doesnt know a B&M ride from an Intamin ride and who still thinks a ride like Magnum is one of the largest in the world.
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