What type of coaster would you call this?

Monday, December 10, 2007 8:03 PM
Would this classify as an Alpine Coaster? I have never seen one with a single rail. Is this a new style? Maybe a Monorail Alpine Coaster would be a suitable name. There has to be a trade name for this though but I cannot find it.

This one is located in Austria according to the person who sent me this link. This sucker is looooong too!!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=oxh5TII1t1k

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Monday, December 10, 2007 8:12 PM
Scary as hell ride is what I'd call it.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 9:34 PM
WOW! That is awesome. It does look like something I would LOVE to do. I've only done the Alpine Slide at Ober Gatlinburg in TN.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 9:38 PM
Does anyone know where there are some good Alpine slides in the states? I drug my buddy (sorry Brian) to Ober Gatlinburg last summer (takin time away from Dollywood) and the slide was so boring. The ride up the mountain was fun though!

I rode one back in '93 I think at Raccoon Mtn. and it was crazy, drops and all. But I think it's gone...

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Monday, December 10, 2007 9:41 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=kczIyonurng&feature=related

This one is much more like a "Coaster." *** Edited 12/11/2007 2:42:36 AM UTC by WildStangAlex***

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Monday, December 10, 2007 11:52 PM
These are at ski resorts? Wow, looks like fun.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:05 AM
Wow, that looks like a lot of fun. These slides sure have evolved from the fiberglass and concrete ones of the past.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:41 AM
Wow those look so awesome! I think I would like the single-railed one better. It looks more....dangerous! lol.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:48 AM
This looks like an update of the 80s mountain coaster that swamp foxer posted not too long ago.


J7G3 said:
Does anyone know where there are some good Alpine slides in the states? I drug my buddy (sorry Brian) to Ober Gatlinburg last summer (takin time away from Dollywood) and the slide was so boring. The ride up the mountain was fun though!

I rode one back in '93 I think at Raccoon Mtn. and it was crazy, drops and all. But I think it's gone...


I've been on a bunch of Alpine Slides around north america and about half of them are gone now including the Raccoon Mtn one.

The best IMO was the first instilation for North America at Bromley Mountain in Vermont. They have a seperate third track that handles speed like no other. I havn't been there in a few years and they replaced original track last year with an updated material that I understand cuts down on speed a bit. On the other hand, the newer track doesn't take as much skin off after a wipe out.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 8:38 AM
That is insane. The heavily wooded section towards the end blew my mind.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:24 AM
Alpine COASTERS - There's at least one in the SLC/Park City area. Unfortunately, didn't get to ride the Park City one due to weather. Mt. Hood has at least one that I know of. The one that I've actually ridden was at Glenwood Caverns in Colorado (couple hours' drive from Denver).

From what I can tell/have seen, mostly they're made by Wiegand, the company that brought us the Witch's Broom. http://www.rcdb.com/ig3050.htm?picture=21

Here's the US installations made by Wiegand:
http://tinyurl.com/yrohmz

edit: LOL, perusing their site a bit more, here's a suspended "coaster" from them...looks like a powered ride from the video, but fun. http://www.wiegandslide.com/153.html

Having checked out their website fairly extensively, I'd say this single-rail model is almost certainly from a different manufacturer.

*** Edited 12/11/2007 3:29:30 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:32 AM
So, this type of Alpine Coaster is made by a company called Brandauer, and the type of track is called "Brandauer Sommerrodelbahn" or short, "Braso", in Austria.
I could not find any enlightening information on the company itself, but found this description here:

http://soroda.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=43

(Click in the image link)

The monorail is made of aluminum, there is a vertical band of metal on top of the rail that prevents the vehicle from tipping over.

The "Sommerrodelbahn Database" (a German speaking parallel to the RCDB for Alpine Coasters :)) shows 27 installations, mostly in the Alps, in Austria, Italia, Slowenia and Switzerland:

http://soroda.de/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=41&searchword=braso&submit=Suchen&searchphrase=any&ordering=newest

P.S. Alpine Coaster is mostly called "Sommerrodelbahn" in German - which literally translates to "summer bobsled track" or "summer toboganing track".
*** Edited 12/11/2007 3:54:08 PM UTC by superman***

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:59 AM
I love the padded bridges. Yikes. And I wonder what those signs are saying? Slow down? Hard to read when you are going by so fast. ;)

Probably not in English either. Darned Austrians! Next thing you know they'll be coming over here and starring in action movies or running our government. ;)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 11:37 AM
I rode one in Massachusetts and in Tennessee (the one in TN isn't there anymore). It was at a place called Raccoon Mountain outside of Chattanooga. I was scared, honestly scared. I mean, I would do it again but dang. There were signs telling you when to control the cart. There are brakes on the cart and you pull a little lever and it slows it down. They strongly advise using brakes when needed, as you can see in the video. *** Edited 12/11/2007 4:38:16 PM UTC by Hatham Al-Shabibi***
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 11:57 AM
^If I want braking, I'll go ride a B&M/Morgan hyper...LOL! ;)
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 2:56 PM
I rode the now defunct one at Camelback mountain in Tannersville, PA. Searching for some airtime I launched off a drop in the slide a little faster than I should have. In addition to "airtime" I also received "remove skin from leg time" and "lose your wallet thank God for the honest kid behind you time." Of course, I didn't find out that my wallet was found until I hiked the ENTIRE track to the top and back down. That's when Ranger Zeke came over to chuck us out since the place was closed and I informed him of my loss, and he had the dang thing.

Tom

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 3:02 PM

rollergator said:
^If I want braking, I'll go ride a B&M/Morgan hyper...LOL! ;)

...Or Gemini during the day. (But night time is a whole different story ;))

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 3:06 PM
Here's my video of the one at Wisp Resort. The fie is over 300mb. I'd suggest downloading it before trying to view it.

http://rollercoasterfreak.com/Other_Trips_or_Events/Wisp_Resort/IMGP5167.MOV

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 3:51 PM
^^^
actually, I just saw a video that caught "remove skin from leg time" as well as "tear a hole in your t-shirt time" on an alpine coaster from an ego-perspective (a regular one with a concrete track however)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=SfuWwmwUCa4&feature=related

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007 4:56 PM

superman said:
So, this type of Alpine Coaster is made by a company called Brandauer, and the type of track is called "Brandauer Sommerrodelbahn" or short, "Braso", in Austria.
I could not find any enlightening information on the company itself, but found this description here:

http://soroda.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=43

(Click in the image link)

The monorail is made of aluminum, there is a vertical band of metal on top of the rail that prevents the vehicle from tipping over.

The "Sommerrodelbahn Database" (a German speaking parallel to the RCDB for Alpine Coasters :)) shows 27 installations, mostly in the Alps, in Austria, Italia, Slowenia and Switzerland:

http://soroda.de/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=41&searchword=braso&submit=Suchen&searchphrase=any&ordering=newest



Ahhh, great work superman! At lease you found a picture of the car and the company who makes these monorail coasters. That's the first I've seen of these on the YT video.

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