coasterlover420 wrote:I wonder if the truss assembly is simply because of space requirements (going over Comet), or if it actually saves money on lift support, or if there are other reasons...wouldn't it seem that simply adding another support would cost less than running a truss under the entire lift?
IIRC: The truss and beam support system is more of a cost-saver as well as an easier to assemble system:
1.) You don't have to put columns in all over the place, and in the case of HP, that means no funky structures to bridge Comet, sdL or the creek.
2.) It's just as effective as a standard system, but with less direct steel.
3.) I'ts as stable as a 'standard' support system- but also has one very -non- tactile feature: It looks GOOD!