Vekoma SLC Observation

Tuesday, April 2, 2002 8:19 AM
When I was at SFKK Satuday, I noticed that T2 had seven cars on the train than the usual 10 cars per train seen on most SLCs. I had an hypothosysis (sp?) that SLCs can be smooth if the parks, that the SLCs are operating at, removed the last 3 cars of each train the headbanging would be some what eliminated. I think that's probably what causes the SLCs to be rough is those 3 extra cars. I noticed that T2, wich I actually like, was smoother with seven cars per train than Serial Thriller is with ten per train at SFWoA, and Serial Thriller is newer. Could this SLC "headbanging" problem actually be solved? Things that make you go...Hmmmmm! :)

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Bill Yost
"I never rode a B&M I didn't like.":)
http://www.small-business-webs.com/pkizone

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 10:35 AM
SFA's Mind eraser originally had 8 cars per train,recently the park added two 10 car trains and in my opinion it didn't really change the ride quality all that much if at all.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 10:44 AM

Of the 5 SLC's Ive ridden, T2 is the worst.

Hangman at Wild Adventure is the best :)

Chuck, really kinda burnt out on them but hey, it's a coaster :)

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Charles Nungester

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 10:47 AM
I've never heard anyone say otherwise that T2 is the worst of the American SLC's. Of course, its also the first, which has a lot to do with it, as the newer ones aren't bad at all.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 10:52 AM
THE BEASTmaster Was it crowded when you went?
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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 11:27 AM
To take away the headbanging on an SLC, heres what you do. Take the 10 car train totaly off the track and then close the ride. I'm pretty sure thats about the only way it can be done. ;)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 11:30 AM
SLC's ROCK!!! ;)

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Bob Hansen

Bolliger/Mabillard for President/VP 2004

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 11:32 AM

I don't mid a *little* banging IF the restraints have the nice soft fluffly padding....with the hard-formed OTSR's, even a little headbanging goes a LOOOONNNNG way.

Also, gotta agree with Chuck, WA has the best SLC of the bunch (and there are too many of those around)...

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 4/2/2002. ***

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 12:46 PM

I don't mind SLC's. The layout of the SLC isn't all that bad, just that it's been cloned to hell and back.

Ozz-Who knows that Batman has also been cloned to hell and back. Go Figure...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 1:17 PM
The BEASTmaster, I think you're wrong.

The reason I think you're wrong is that the best-running SLCs I have ridden all have 10-car trains.
Sorry... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 1:47 PM

Oh come on, Rideman...like you're EVER right? Sheesh!

Matthew - being sarcastic as usual

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 2:24 PM

The best SLC of them all was Lethal Weapon at Warner Bros Movie World, until about a year ago when somebody must have bumped the roughness switch and forgot to turn it back.

I suspect it has something to do with the regularity of wheel changes, and the upstops and guide wheels seem to be creeping further and further away from the track. The number of cars really wouldn't make a difference to the overall feeling of the ride.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 5:55 PM
All you need to do is put the wheel assembly off an Invertigo on a SLC and you'd have an amazing ride. Why this hasn't been done yet is a mystery to me.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 6:22 PM
To make a SLC smooth is pretty easy. Replace the trains with B+M's. Also, replace the track with B+M's.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 6:39 PM
LOL, Mister X. I don't really think SLC's are rough. I've ridden Kong and Serial Thriller. Kong was just slow.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 9:13 PM
Park Man, SFKK wasn't very crowded at all. All coasters were pretty much walk ons.

Ride Man, liking T2 better than Serial Thriller was my own opinion. I never had a rough ride on it. As for Serial Thriller at SFWoA, I thought the transitions from one inversion to the next were too rough. Maybe I just rode one of the bad SLCs. But I did think T2 was actually smooth.

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Bill Yost
"I never rode a B&M I didn't like.":)
http://www.small-business-webs.com/pkizone

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:00 AM

Smooth SLC's exist... ride El Condor (SF Holland) or Vampire (SF Belgium) to see what a smooth SLC feels like. Strange that El Condor was the first SLC and Vampire is a 1999 one.

Even if its smooth, its not a great ride, i'll explain: the trains are so long, that they "lag" in the elements, which cause the rollover to be fast, the sidewinder to be... medium and the 2 inline rolls... crawly. Talk about having zero pacing.

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