During the Kentucky Rumbler construction tour, Jeff Pike mentioned how the entire coaster was built on a 3' thick concrete slab which runs the entire track length. He said it's like house construction in that the whole structure is tied together by the slab and should require less maintenance over the years.
I survived a Japanese typhoon and the Togo flat ride of death!!!!!!
I always thought individual footings for wooden coasters was not the most effective way of constructing them. But, I just assumed the ride designers knew what they were doing. Apparently someone decided that slabs were more effective which makes perfect sense to me. Now the individual supports won't raise and lower at different rates. Should make for a smoother ride over time.
So does anyone know how the ride is going to be situated in the park? I know the general location, but which direction will the lift hill be pointing to and where will the first turnaround be for instance? Does the ride leapfrog over the service road or anything else?
Ok. The station will be almost parallel with the General Store. It'll come out of the station and turn 90 degrees and it'll go up the lift hill which is going up kinda right next to Thunder Canyon. It'll swoop down, and go around TC, and turnaround, and come back. It'll go over the service road, and come back. So if you have your back to the waterpark on that path on the way to TC, you'll be facing the station. These new pics look awesome.