Was MF really the first cable lift?

Tuesday, January 30, 2001 3:17 PM
Scorpion at BGT uses some sort of cable lift. Is this the same sort of system, or is it different?
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 3:23 PM
MF was the first. It doesn't use a cable, it uses an elevator system. The elevator comes down the lift, slides under the train, and pulls it up at a amazing rate. Scorpion is completely different, trust me.

AIM SN-Coasterman17
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 3:31 PM
Yeah it's the first. I don't think CP is that low to lie about it.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2001 4:12 PM
There are a lot of coasters with cable lifts.
For A few just think of all the boomerangs out there.
What is the difference between an elevator lift and a cable lift.
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't an elevator lifted with a cable?

#1 Steel-Incredible Hulk
#1 Wood--Timber Wolf
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 4:43 PM
MF has two cable's in it elevator system. The cable's just make up a part of this amazing system. The best place I think to learn about the system would be at Jeff's MF anatomy page.


Going by cables alone, I think Thomsons Scenic Railway's would be the first.
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 4:44 PM
Yes but if one has ridden The Force than it is known that it has that little mechanism thing that comes down from the lift and attaches under the train.
"God gave me a wake up call," RelientK-"Wake Up Call"
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 4:55 PM
So does a boomerang. Except it attaches to the back of the train.

#1 Steel-Incredible Hulk
#1 Wood--Timber Wolf *** This post was edited by T-Wolf on 1/30/2001. ***
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 6:19 PM
Mongoose, for a fairly detailed description of the lift system used on Scorpion, (also many other Schwarzkopf portable coasters), which really is a chain lift, go to http://www.uspto.gov and go to the PATENTS section, and look up United States Patent #4,270,459, "Chain-type Ascent System for Roller Coaster."
The cable lift system on Millennium Force is a unique design, sufficiently different from earlier cable-lift designs that while Cedar Point's "FIRST!!" claim is a little pointless, it is at least plausible.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 7:46 PM
Wrong, all of you. The first elevator-cable list is on the RC-48 at Morey's Piers. It was a protoype developed by Pinfari and sold to Intamin. It has been in use for about 8 years on that ride while it was in Italy at a park there. Pinfari is not quite keen on them, but Intamin likes the speed for their new rides. Don't everyone get all upset, MF is still a good ride.

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