In answer to the question (sort of) - no. Wooden coasters cannot support the weight of steel trains or the stresses on the structure that those sorts of elements involve. And why would you want woodies and steel to be the same? Personally, I look for different things in wooden and steel coasters, and that's the way I think it's meant to be. Everyone has their favorites, but they're all different. The more different, the better!
The floorless woodie is conceivable. I can see it happenning. If a company like PTC would make one, they would probably sell alot. With all the gimmicks lately, a park would jump on it and advertise "Only floorless wooden coaster". It would be scary too, you would think your feet would hit the wood. ----------------- Bull rides: 103 Batman rides: 61
I think that a floorless woodie would be cool but lets be honest do you think we will ever see an inverted or 4d woodie? I can see a launched woodie, I think that would be tight but nothing else on a woodie.
Some of you that think stand-up, immediately think B&M "banana seat" harness. If there would be a company that designed a woodie train like the old TOGO trains, I don't see why it couldn't work. If you wanting loops, you could have loops, if you want helices , you can have helices, and you can have air hills, floater and bunny hills.
If you visualize Kind Cobra's layout with wooden supports and track, it would work easily.
As for a Flying Dutchman, or a 4th Dimension, I'd say to keep on dreaming. :)
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