The trains didn't need to be built in teh same amount of time.
If it was originally designed for a different type of train they were probably already well aware that that segment of track would most likely be too intense. But if the barrel roll track had already been fabricated they could put it in and see what the actual forces were, but still fabricate the alternative track just in case.
This seems like the most likely scenario. The timing of the replacement track always seemed way to quick. Complicated steel pieces cannot be fabricated, painted, shipped, and installed THAT quickly.
Maverick is not an aqua trax. I've seen the blueprints, talked to the programmer, and was a part of the re-construction and programming all through the month of May. The ride is a new product from Intamin called the "Ricochet Lift and Launch" coaster, not an "Aqua Trax".
Skramp wrote:Here's my only question about the Maverick Aqua Trax debate.........Why does Maverick close so quickly at the slightest bit of rain? Is it just the trains? I mean if it was originally an Aqua Trax design wouldn't it have been designed to handle a little bit of water in spots? But overall, I have to agree with Robb, the similarities are just too close to not think that this may have originally been an Aqua Trax design.
That is just Cedar Fair policy after the incident on Magnum.
And about the heartline roll being designed for Aquatrax trains... I think it is more plausible for Maverick's current trains to go through the roll than for Aquatrax cars. Maverick's roll was extremly tight, and I think that the longer Aquatrax cars would only worsen whatever problems the roll had.
Which makes no sense considering Maverick, TTD, MF, WT all use magnetic breaks which I would assume water would not effect.
My theory is, the only possible reason as to why Maverick wasn't an Aquatrax was solely for capacity and train reasons. Since Maverick uses traditional Intamin rocket trains with OTSR's, Maverick would have a higher capacity with the regular rocket trains than the Aquatrax trains.
-My butt has touched 112 roller coasters, how unfortunate.