Xcelerator goes vertical at Knott's Berry Farm

Posted Monday, March 11, 2002 5:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The new Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm is being covered by a number of different sites, with its first pieces to go vertical. Check out the following sites (listed in alphabetical order):

Americacoasters.com
Twisted Rails
Westcoaster.net

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Monday, March 11, 2002 5:18 AM
Very interesting. I can't wait to see it in action!
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Monday, March 11, 2002 5:44 AM
It's weird to see the track piece at an upward grade. Great job WC, TR, ACN!
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Monday, March 11, 2002 6:11 AM
janfrederick's avatar

0-80 in 2 seconds...uphill??!!

1...2...3....Oooomph! Ughh...Ohhhh.....Screeeeeeech......huh?

Oh yah....AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Monday, March 11, 2002 6:55 AM
john peck's avatar So, do all three of you webmasters know each other?
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Monday, March 11, 2002 9:29 AM
JD from WestCoaster and Jeff from ACN are good friends. I don't know about who's friends with Karl DeAngelo.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 10:13 AM

I can't wait to see them start building the tower. I am interested to see what this thing will look like in real life. It shouldn't be too long now and in June I get to ride it!

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Monday, March 11, 2002 12:49 PM
janfredrick: The LIMs will be located on a long horizontal piece of track. That is where the 0-80 mph acceleration will take place.
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Monday, March 11, 2002 1:44 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

Nate - there are no LIMs on Xcellerator, and that piece of track that was placed *IS* launch track.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 1:44 PM

There are no LIMs on that track for the acceleration. It's all done using a hydraulic launching system that powers a cable pulley/pusher thingy that actually launches the train.

JD
http://www.westcoaster.net

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Monday, March 11, 2002 3:21 PM
The launch system is somewhat similar to the Schwarztkopf shuttle loops, but instead of using a flywheel, or a counterweight, it uses hydraulic accumulators. They are filled with hydraulic fluid and pressurized to something like sixteen thousand psi. The fluid is released into the motors which spin the winch, pulling the launching shuttle like on Monty.
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Monday, March 11, 2002 4:44 PM
Dutchman pretty much has it... the total force used is equal to just over 8,700 horsepower. I should also mention that there was some question as to where the launch would start... it starts in the station. No roll out to engage the system.

JD
http://www.westcoaster.net
*** This post was edited by James Disney on 3/11/2002. ***

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Monday, March 11, 2002 5:38 PM

That launch is going to be flat out awesome!

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Monday, March 11, 2002 8:01 PM
This ride looks Awesome! I can't wait to get out to California.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 8:01 PM
When I looked at the launch drive sitting on the trailer in the emp. parking lot, I was truely amazed at it's compactness. It is considerably smaller than the drive on Monty, even taking into consideration the hydraulic fluid cooling unit.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 3:23 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar

I was just looking at the last picture in the WestCoaster update. Anyone know what those cylinders inside the launch track are for??

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 3:30 AM
AT AMERICACOASTERS THEY ARE STATING THAT EVERYTHING FOR XCELERATOR HAS BEEN TAKIN DOWN? IS THIS TRUE?!?! PLEASE SAY NO!!! IM CRYING
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 5:07 AM
If I'm not mistaken, they're part of the braking system.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 6:30 AM
X-celerator looks like it's going to be amazing.
Can't wait to ride this beauty.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 7:21 AM

AT AMERICACOASTERS THEY ARE STATING THAT EVERYTHING FOR XCELERATOR HAS BEEN TAKIN DOWN? IS THIS TRUE?!?! PLEASE SAY NO!!!

IS THIS TRUE??? DONT THEY HAVE TO CLEAR IT THROUGH THE STATE FIRST?

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