Xcelerator construction continues to move along at a rapid pace

Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2002 7:34 AM | Contributed by xbombman

Construction continues to progress at Knott's Berry Farm on Xcelerator, as its tower begins to reach toward the sky.

Also, various Easter decorations have appeared throughout the park and a midway game has been taken down.

Link: America Coasters Network

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 7:58 AM
Please no over-head horse collars......and dont change PP!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 8:22 AM
You can almost feel the rush they are in pouring out of those photos. ;)

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 8:42 AM
Sandor confirmed at Solace that Xcelerator will be receiving lap-bars and seatbelts only. Very nice pictures, though I enjoyed the full sized versions that I got in .zip file.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 9:08 AM
He may have confimed that, but after the ruling on Perilous Plunge I wouldn't count out the possibility of the restraint system changing. I have a feeling whatever changes are done to PP, if any, will be duplicated on Xcelerator.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 10:37 AM
No Xcelerator will only have lap bars, and a seat belt, but no one knows about Perilous Plunge.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 10:56 AM

I'll point you to this article, which was written after the Coaster Solace. It states that Knott's is still studying which restraint to use for Xcelerator and that they will "follow the state's mandate that restraints accommodate a range of body types..."

This tells me that different restraints than those stated before are possible for Xcelerator, whether it be an OTSR or perhaps an over-the-shoulder seat belt.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 11:16 AM
If it's new, I seriously doubt that on a ride that doesn't even go upside down, and is getting a lot of attention, it wouldn't be smart for them to have any shoulder restraint, or that'll kill the ride. Look at Revolution, and if that didn't have an otsr, that still be a GREAT ride, and I doubt Knott's will risk it, but I do give you your props for finding that, and that could be true, but I doubt it. I remember reading that before he made the announcement on what the restraints where goin to be, and some other things, I think they added stuff from before to that article, along with some new stuff, so I'm alkmost positive it'll only have lapbars, and a seat belt
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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 2:03 PM
Well, between Sandor at WCS3 and the fact that the entire ride was shipped in May of 2001 I have reason to believe it will have lap bars and seat belts...though they might still change them, but they betta hurry cause the trains better not be the thing that ends up delaying the ride from opening.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 3:45 PM

I have to think that Xcelerator will use lapbars and seatbelts, but I won't feel safe saying that until I see the trains for the first time.

Anyone know if they are on the Knotts premises, with all of the other track and supports?

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 5:30 PM
I think that this is a very volatile situation, and as such, preliminary decisions and preparation could all fly out the window. I just cant wait to see Xcelerator rise further into the sky. Also, ami the only one tha thinks that the green supports already look faded?
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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 5:50 PM

"Anyone know if they are on the Knotts premises, with all of the other track and supports? "

To my knowledge, the trains have not been delivered yet.

And to kinda second what Karl said, Sandor is not a spokesperson for the park. However, he would know what's going on with the ride. And at the time of the Solace, the trains were still set to have lapbars with the seatbelts. If that has changed... it's not been let out yet... so we'll all have to wait and see.

JD
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Thursday, March 28, 2002 3:45 AM
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That's the first good look we've had at the ride mechanism. Anyone want to take a stab at exactly how it works?

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 7:24 AM
My guess is.. Hydraulic pressure builds up in the 4 sets of pistons which in turn power that huge motor that controls the catapult launching mechanism. I hear it can launch a train and reset in less than 20 seconds. I'm wondering how loud the launch will be. More than likely, it will sound like tires squealing ala RnRC. Or maybe it will sound like a big WOOOSH!!!!....

Oh, and the trains are sitting in a warehouse in Long Beach, the same one that housed the track and supports since May of 2001.... *** This post was edited by Chris Godsey on 3/28/2002. ***

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 8:23 AM
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So what exactly are the radial things around the drum's axle?

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 8:47 AM
I believe that the pressurized Hydraulic fluid passes through those cylinders on the sides of the motor and that's how it's powered... kinda like a hydroelectric motor. They closely resemble turbines on a motor. From how it's gonna sit in the chamber, the sides face toward the hydraulic cylinders underneath. I'm sure they will be connected to the cylinders on the motor casing. It's gonna take ALOT of hydraulic pressure to launch a multi-ton train from 0 to 82 mph. I guess the little cylinders are alot more efficient than one huge one.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 3:12 PM
I wish i could go to california. This is gonna be an awsome coaster, from what ive seen and read description wise.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 3:42 PM
all that I can say is I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
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Friday, March 29, 2002 7:23 PM

http://www.westcoaster.net has more pictures as of 3.28. Fairly similar to what ACN has.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 10:54 PM

"http://www.westcoaster.net has more pictures as of 3.28. Fairly similar to what ACN has."

LOL, just a couple days... same photographer too! Maybe that's why they're similar. :) Not much had happened on the ride since ACN updated. No biggie...

JD
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