Wooden Roughness?

Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:10 AM
I had a dream last night that could solve the roughness on wooden coasters. I was riding the Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park, which from my last expierence was rougher than Mean Streak! But, anyways it was soooo smooth when i rode it, I was so suprised so I got off and looked at the track, wondering what they did to make it smooth, and what they did was the replaced the flat steel track, with half steel tubes on top and the bottom of the track, and made the cars have rail hugging wheel assemblies. I was wondering if this would work in smoothing out wooden roughness? Any comments?
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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:11 AM
I would hate to have all of my woodies non rough, it's not supposed to be steel smooth, while not break neck rough. I have never had either of those experiences and don't care to have them.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:16 AM

As long as wood expands and contracts unevenly (due to variations in the grain, density, dryness of the wood, etc.), you wouldn't eliminate roughness with wood sandwiched between the tubes. Locking a wood coaster to the track would most likely increase the roughness of the ride.

The bigger factor in woodie roughness is the guide wheels. A coaster with its gauge properly maintained takes care of most unpleasantness.

Anybody aware of any woodies running with urethane wheels?

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:20 AM

I am going to make Blue Streak my 200th coaster, Now why would I want to ride something as smooth and unmemoriable as steel?

Like most woodies, Some seats are rougher than others and you can choose what type of ride you want to have.

Me personally I love a little shuffle, A lot of air and little roughness.

Why can't people see, WOOD ISN"T SUPPOSED TO BE GLASS SMOOTH!

Chuck

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:20 AM
The Inatmin woodies are just as smooth as steel coasters, or so I've been told by some Acers just back from Europe. In my opinion it's kinda pointless. If wooden coasters all turn out to be smooth what is the point? There will be no difference in them than your average steel coasters. Wooden coasters aren't designed to be rough, but it's just a trait they have due to all the elements that affect the structure. A semi-smooth wooden coaster is fine by me, but if they all turn out to be B&M smooth the industry is going to get dull really quick.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:22 AM
I know there not supposed to be glass smooth, but what I was trying to say was how to fix the REALLY rough woodies, jeeze.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:51 AM
What are you whining about? All I did was reply, I wasn't being harsh or anything.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 10:16 PM

Rctycoon2k - That would do wonders for Mean Streak! But if wooden coasters were to have steel tubes that the train ran on, it would kind of ruin the idea of the coaster being a "woodie". Gemini comes to mind...what an amazing ride...but not a woodie!

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Friday, August 2, 2002 10:34 AM

I wasn't aming anything at you IOARules, it was to Chuck up there.

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Friday, August 2, 2002 5:13 PM
Intamin woodies are indeed smooth(er), but not buttery like steel. I wouldn't ever expect a wooden ride to "feel" like steel. Ride a B&M for smoothness...:)
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