Typical Coaster

Monday, November 29, 2004 6:08 PM
Gonch's little fact of the day had me peeping Wikipedia. Of course I wanted to see what they had about rollercoasters and noticed a little drawing up top labeled "Typical Roller Coaster".

Not that I wouldn't mind a discussion on what we think of when we think of a "typical" coaster, but I was wondering if the drawing was none other than the Crystal Beach Cyclone?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roller_coaster

Also, since the information in Wikipedia is edited by users, just curious if anyone here had anything to do with the article.

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Monday, November 29, 2004 6:17 PM
Similar to the CBC, but not exactly.
IIRC CBC had a longer run up to the lift, and the layout of the second half was much different.
Plus I'd hardly call CBC 'typical'. If only.

Edit: clicking on the link claims that the drawing is based on patent art for 'Cyclone' so I guess I'm technically wrong.
Though the drawing is certainly poor in its representation of the station position and the second half of the ride. *** Edited 11/29/2004 11:23:04 PM UTC by ThemeDesigner***

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Monday, November 29, 2004 6:24 PM
I think the best example of a "typical" coaster would be a simple kiddie (the oval with a station, lift, drop, turn, two small hills, turn back to station)

I mean if you were trying to explain the concept to someone who had no idea whatsoever what a roller coaster was, this would be the most basic form.

It provides the basics in both design and idea behind how it works.

Everything else beyond that is just a bigger or more complex version. (inversions, launches, etc)

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Monday, November 29, 2004 6:37 PM
I agree with that. Otherwise, it would be a case of TMI.

I guess the most simple representation would be a icon (I just finished having a conversation about icons). However, a icon would not convey how the thing works...it assumes the audience is familiar with the thing.

And yah, that's what struck me as odd. The picture seemed far from typical.

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Monday, November 29, 2004 6:49 PM
I just think of a typical coaster as one that gives a forgetable ride. Not really a ride that doesn't have air, or strong laterals. Basicly a ride that you rode but had to describe what it was like and you can't remember.

Comet @ Hershey

Wildcat @ Lake Compounce

Wildcat @ Frontier City

Thunderbolt @ SFNE

Jack Rabbit @ Seabreeze

All come to mind.

But as a Typical Design I'd have to go with Gonch with the lift drop turn, a few hills, turn, breaks and station. Somthing like the HSTC at Knoebels. Or any Allen Herschell Little Dipper design.

*** Edited 11/29/2004 11:58:59 PM UTC by coasterpunk***

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Monday, November 29, 2004 7:39 PM
Comet @ Hershey as forgettable? I can remember everything about that ride, it rocks!
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Monday, November 29, 2004 10:24 PM
I know the layout of the Comet but to me it doesn't deliver an exciting ride like the Comet at Great Escape or the Phoenix at Knoebels. It's a good beginner coaster but I wouldn't call it an airtime machine or that thrilling of a ride.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004 1:28 AM
I still say it's a thrilling ride...it's one of the most "fun" coasters I've ridden. The layout is relatively simple, but it's a very fun ride.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004 11:06 AM
I'm going to go ahead and disagree with you there coasterpunk. Yyyyyaaaaahhhh ;)

I think that typically, coasters are pretty memorable. I'd say those coasters were atyically unmemorable. ;)

Then again, there is the law of diminishing returns. ;)

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