Thursday, February 27, 2003 3:56 PM
Look at the track in some of the close up pictures of TTD. in the center the track seems to recess a little bit. this is best seen in the close up picture from the top view. I originally thought it would be for the anti-rollback dog, but immediately slapped myself because TTD doesn't have a lift. So can anyone tell me what the recessions are for in the track???
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:29 PM
I don't see anything, sorry.
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:46 PM
You can see what he is talking about here
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:00 PM
My guess is that those are there so that when the train goes over the tight radius of the top hat, there will be enough clerance for the under carage of the train. For example, look at what the cars on an Arrow looper do durring a verticle loop. In the inversion, the cars get realy close together at the top of the cars. The reverse happens whe a train goes over a hill. just apply that to TTD. I hope that that post is understandable.
Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:05 PM
I think it may have to do with the piece that may connect to the launch mechanism, at first I thought about brakes like B&Ms have it where it fits in the groove but then I forgot that the brakes are on the sides. But I have a feeling it is related to in some part to the launch mechanism connector underneath the car. Just my input.
Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:15 PM
kind of like where the hydraulic launch connects to the coaster train? that sort of makes sense. if anyone is on the inside with CP, please post
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 5:20 PM
As far as I know, all Intamin coasters (at least with box train) feature this...just look at close up pictures of Wicked Twister and Millennium Force. I thought that it might have to do with the way the track is manufactured and run through their machines, but it probably has to do with the small clearance between the trains and track.
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 6:47 PM
I would also guess it's for the launch dog/chain dog/cable lift dog.
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Thursday, February 27, 2003 8:05 PM
Perhaps it's all in the sake of saving material? That small amount saved over thousands of ties could add up quickly.
Just another idea though...
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Friday, February 28, 2003 4:19 AM
It's generally only found over hills (or in WT's case, on the pull-outs). I theorize it's just easier to winch a train over a hill that way because the cable or straps won't slide around on the ties in those areas.
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