why did they take down the bat??

Sunday, April 9, 2000 5:05 PM
what was the reason for the bat going down and for those of you who rode it how was it?
Could some one give me some details on this suBject ?
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Sunday, April 9, 2000 6:45 PM
The Bat at PKI was incredibly flawed in track design. The problem was that the track was always horizontal. Since you've been on Arrow suspended coasters since, you can see how that would be a bad thing. The stress of the cars swinging out put a lot of pressure on the track in directions that track was not meant to deal with. Today you'll notice that these coasters have banked track.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Monday, April 10, 2000 3:52 AM
The Bat's track actually did have some banking, a whopping 15 degrees! :) Another problem caused by the banking was the shocks on the trains. Legend has it that maintenance had to replace the swing shocks daily. There was also a problem with the train design. With the second generation suspendeds, the brake fin is between the wheel assemblies above the tubs. On the Bat, it was on the bottom of the tubs. When the train was stopped there was a lot of stress put on the tub supports causing more problems.

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Scott W. Short
sshort@mediaone.net
http://welcome.to/midwestcoastercentral
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