What Makes a coaster?

Saturday, June 28, 2003 8:29 AM
I was just talking to my brother, and we got into an argument on whether Wicked Twister is a rollercoaster or not. He claims that because it is not a full circuit, and just goes back and forth, that it is not a rollercoaster. There also have been other talk about if Superman: The Escape is a rollercoaster or not. So my question is, what makes a coaster, a coaster?
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Saturday, June 28, 2003 8:32 AM
If it's fun and it goes up and down and uses wheels on track and it's really fun, and you go really fast and go wheeeeeee!!!! then it's a coaster.

How about this, for simplicities sake, if it's in the coaster database, then it's a coaster. Otherwise, flamewar pending.

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I'm not an enthusiast. I just play one on message boards.

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Saturday, June 28, 2003 9:22 AM
I do.
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Saturday, June 28, 2003 10:25 AM
Good way to put it Homey...never thought of it that way.

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WW is fun. CP_M @ TN and Perfectbowler @ SFN.

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Saturday, June 28, 2003 10:31 AM
Homey - that is the best definition of a coaster I've yet read! Mind you - it'll boost my track record fourfold! ;-)
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Saturday, June 28, 2003 11:04 AM
This has been rehashed, brought back from the dead, and beaten till dead numerous times.

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UnfrigginbelievablyIncredible

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Saturday, June 28, 2003 11:32 AM
My Def is a coaster it runs on rails, is in part powered by gravity, and you sit in a train. That goes up and down hills.
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Sunday, June 29, 2003 10:16 AM
My Def of a coaster is:
1.uses a track
2. uses gravity or a launch system to propell it
3. has wheels
4. has cars
5. Produces some sort of G forces(Lateral, Positive, Negative, etc.)
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free your mind
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Sunday, June 29, 2003 10:30 AM
B&M ;)
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Sunday, June 29, 2003 10:44 AM
Both of those definatly are coasters. If a coaster has to be full circuit then I guess all the boomerangs aren't coasters.

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Top 3
1-S:RoS @ SFNE
2-Boulder Dash
3-Yankee Cannonball

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 1:11 PM
It's a small piece of wood or other material you put under your drink to prevent rings from forming on your table.

That said, I have 18 coasters in my backyard right now, and I've ridden 3.

That also means S:TE is not a coaster.

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Be polite and ignore the idiots. - rollergator
"It's not a Toomer" - Arnold Schwartzenkoph
"Those who know don't talk and those who talk don't know." -Jeff

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 1:31 PM
I spilled beer all over my coaster.:(
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Sunday, June 29, 2003 1:59 PM
I think the safe thing is to say if it's in the database, then it's a coaster. Otherwise, by the standards that SFDL_Fan gave, any ride, just as Super Himilaya or Matterhorn, both of which run on a track, could be considered a coaster.

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"Do what you believe in and believe in what you do," Jeffrey E. McCants

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 6:27 PM
Flame suit.......check

Flame proof eye gear......check

Complete circuit

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 6:46 PM
My engineers definition:

If it rolls and exchanges potential energy and kinetic energy to produce thirlls in other than a straight vertical drop then it's a roller coaster. This may make Intamin drop towers coasters,

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 6:51 PM
Isn't there something in the TOS about posts like this? I realize whoever started it is probably new, but we've had this topic over and over and over again and most people are sick of it. Please don't start nit-picky topics - just enjoy the coasters (or not coasters) that you get to ride!

~me

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S:ROS; SFNE. Ride it, and you'll understand.

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 6:54 PM
It's not really "ANY" ride that runs on a track, since there are water rides that ride on a track.

Also, Gravity may not always play a role in the role of a rollercoaster... such is the case with some run-away powered mine train coasters, such as "Thunder Run" at Paramount Canada's Wonderland. That is basically all powered, as there are no real hills, and it gets the momentum from electricity.

Soo, basically, a definition of a coaster is any car/train that travels on rails.
(car refers to wild-mouse coasters & such)

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 7:13 PM
You know what is hilarious to me, that you have people saying that this topic is about to be a flame war but yet, no one has started any fights...hmmm.

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"Do what you believe in and believe in what you do," Jeffrey E. McCants

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 7:17 PM
I do think that Superman at SFMM is a coaster but it false advertises going 400 feet. The tower may be 400 feet but it only goes up like 2/3 of the way.

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I go to the point each year to have their new coaster break down, thats my life. Dragster and WT may have been closed, but MF is always there to fulfill my thrill needs

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 7:29 PM

Jephry said:
You know what is hilarious to me, that you have people saying that this topic is about to be a flame war but yet, no one has started any fights...hmmm.

You suck! ;)

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Be polite and ignore the idiots. - rollergator
"It's not a Toomer" - Arnold Schwartzenkoph
"Those who know don't talk and those who talk don't know." -Jeff

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