Xcelerator vertical track taken down

Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:20 PM
check it out @ http://www.westcoaster.net For some reason, the vertical piece of track that was finally put up, has quickly come down.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:25 PM
I noticed that too, I'm trying to figure out what the deal is. Any ideas?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:29 PM
While I don't have an official word, I do have a hunch: I thought the launch was supposed to be flat and at ground level. Perhaps they used the wrong supports??

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:33 PM
Could there have been some kind of mistake made?
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:35 PM

It probably isn't anything to really concern yourselves over. Anyone who has spent even a small bit of time in the construction field can tell you that it isn't uncommon to erect something, only to take it down shortly there after. They may have just been testing for fit or something of that sort. Perhaps modifications may have been needed to be made on site. This actually happened quite a bit with Millennium Force and, with Xcelerator being another Intamin product, there may be some of the same issues with this ride. But I would bet that whatever it the reason is, it isn't anything to get your panties in a twist over :o)

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James Draeger
-grew up on the construction sites of many of projects due to a dad who is an architect

*** This post was edited by ACEerCG on 3/12/2002. ***

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:36 PM
What if my panties were already in a twist when I read the news?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:43 PM

Very true ACEerCG... And dont forget Wicked Twisted, I remember watching on the webcam one morning as they topped it off, and then shortly afterwards removed the peice. I do believe it is a "checking fit" issue as you pointed out....

Hehe, "panties in a twist", thats my line ;)

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-FCR
I'd Rather Be Riding Roller Coasters

*** This post was edited by FloridaCoasterRider on 3/12/2002. ***

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:44 PM

This was also noticed on Wicked Twister's construction; One of the towers was topped, and then later un-topped. Maybe it's just an Intamin thing.

Edit: Looks like someone beat me to it :)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:47 PM
Mamoosh: The launch will indeed be on an upward grade. You can look at the footers for the station and notice that they raise in height just as the supports which had been placed did.

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Karl
http://www.twistedrails.com

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:47 PM
Mamoosh - Some things are better left to yourself. :)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 1:14 PM
they took the supports down as well though, could that mean anything?
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 1:37 PM
Look, it's not a big thing. And they couldn't of used the wrong supports. The things that attach to the supports would not be at the right angle. I mean, correct angle. If they used the wrong supports, it would not fit correctly. Think of a Lincoln Log house, haha, that was such a cool toy. Anyway, if you had 10 logs on one side, and 8 on the other, the roof would be very tilted, and not fit right. The track at Knott's might of needed to be different in that they are using the wrong stretch of launch track, meaning that they put it in the wrong place. Maybe the launch track needs to be in order. For example, if the launch area was divided in to tracks 1,2,3, and 4. They might of pust 1 in place of two. I's sure someone will find out. Reallyy, it's not the abnormal of a thing, as stated above.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 2:26 PM

No one has mentioned the fact of the city granting/not granting permission to build the ride yet.

A friend who went last week said the construction guys said Buena Park still hadn't granted permission to build the ride yet.

Anyone know if this is true?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 2:58 PM
I think the city would have approved it by now. Cedar Fair and Knotts would not have announced the opening of it, and already begun work on it if the city had not approved of it yet.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 3:46 PM

I am almost certain they had not received permission from the city at announcement time. I believe that was even stated in the press release, if I'm not mistaken.

Don't be so sure about that stuff with parks these days...just look at SFM with their hyper and SFMW with V2.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 3:52 PM

At the time of the announcement, the city of Buena Park had NOT approved the final construction permits. That's why it took so long to start. All of the track and support pieces have been in the Long Beach area since around June/July.

I would have to agree with MFRULES, I believe the track piece was placed in the incorrect spot. Since all pieces correspond to certain supports, I also think they were also in the incorrect spot. I know this sounds far fetched, but it has happened quite a bit in coaster construction over the years.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 4:10 PM
Uhhhh, please use some common sense, the picture was "As Of 3-8-02", the first piece of track was added on 3-9-02, so it wasn't up yet, get it now??
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 4:19 PM
Where does it say as of 3/8/02?
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 4:52 PM

I have to think that they are just testing out the look and fit of the track pieces.

It would seem odd to me to start placing track when.all the footers were not even poured yet, and starting towards the end of the launch track. I would think that they would place the station first.

Besides, they only had two pieces of track out there. That makes me think that they didn't intend on putting it togther at that point.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002 5:38 PM
I am guessing that either
A: The permits for vertical construction were not obtained or
B: The found the footers to be too wet still, and discontinued vertical construction until they are fully hardend.

Choice "B" being the most bizzare explination

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