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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby Funky Cold Medina » Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:31 am

^I thought I saw rails on the time lapse. I noticed the sun reflecting off of them. Maybe it'll be like on spaghetti bowl coasters and it's just a piece of straight track or another bank into a drop?
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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby BrandonR » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:57 pm

It's a midcourse. I took more construction pictures today (September 11) and there is definitely a flat piece of track where the old midcourse was.

Oh, and this next picture should put some peoples' worry to rest about the overbanked track not being sturdy enough.
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Well, maybe not completely. It still looks a bit scary, but hey, maybe that'll just add to the thrill. :)

More construction pictures from today are here: http://www.guidetosfot.com/features/giantreinvented/

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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby Funky Cold Medina » Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:06 pm

Those. Look. Awesome.
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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby CD » Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:13 pm

That looks so unnatural, yet so completely awesome!
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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby Synshine » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:28 pm

That is crazy.

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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby texcoaster » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:37 pm

Notice that the ledgers have slots in the ends like a tuning fork that surround the uprights. Looking at the pic, the overbanked portion have ends that aren't yet connected to an upright, leading me to guess that more uprights will be installed there. That would put the track in a tunnel-like enclosure of supports (awesome). It would make sense that they would install the long, curved track pieces there BEFORE they box in the track with the extra supports, so they don't have to try to thread them through the 'tunnel'.

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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby Funky Cold Medina » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:40 pm

Man just hanging out like that past vertical will be insane.
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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby rcfreak417 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:53 am

At least they are keeping the midcourse brake.

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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby texcoaster » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:08 am

rcfreak417 wrote:At least they are keeping the midcourse brake.


Don't count your brake runs before they're placed.
There is a flat section of track where the MCBR used to be, but none of the pics I've seen so far show any actual brakes.

If they plan to run three trains (do they?) then they will have to have brakes installed there for blocking, but that doesn't mean that they'll be used in normal operations. We'll just have to wait and see. At any rate, without the problem of excessive wear on the track, there shouldn't be any need for them to slow down the train there (or stop it completely) like they used to.

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Re: Texas Giant Rehabilitation 2010

Postby CorkscrewFoley » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:09 am

CD wrote:That looks so unnatural, yet so completely awesome!


Agreed!

I, too, am relieved that they are installing a mid course. Can't wait to see the final product.

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