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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby SLUSHIE » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:17 pm

So is this going to be somewhat of a dueling coaster, but single track? I looks as if its going to be launched for the 1st half, then a vertical lift and then dual with another train that would have been launched for the 2nd half. Either way it looks like its going to be pretty impressive. Can't wait to see the interlocking cobra roll and pretzel.

Oh NM I guess the first part is a normal lift.

The first thing that kinda came to mind when looking at this ride was Battlestar Gallactica as Universal Singapore. After realizing that's by Vekoma, nobody wants that. It does look to be a maurer sohne and I guess that's ok.

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby Mechanic » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:20 pm

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To think of the power that cable has wielded... Yet it looks rather limp and unintimidating now.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby australianalex » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:33 pm

Mechanic wrote:To think of the power that cable has wielded... Yet it looks rather limp an unintimidating now.

I'm not sure about power, I've had burps more powerful than Rita's launch :p

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby spinning man » Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:14 am

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby TPDave » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:03 am

Looks like it's coming along well, surely they'll have to start pouring concrete soon though.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby fraroc » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:57 am

I always wondered, if a launching cable proves to be inefficient and unsafe, will Intamin take a major step and replace the launching system on Kingda Ka or TTD from a hydraulic cable to LIMs or LSMs, they seem much safer to me. But the weird thing is that I don't think I ever read about a cable snap on Stormrunner or Speed Monster.

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby sammmmmy » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:08 am

^Launching a coaster to 120 mph with LSMs would take an incredible amount of power.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby SoCalCoasters » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Not only would it require a ludicrous amount of power for a single launch, but the cost to run it daily would be astronomical. Each time you double a ride's speed, you need 4x the energy. The amount of built up electrical energy needed to launch Kingda Ka would be very high. Not to mention, the installation costs would also need to be factored in. Overall, it's most likely not gonna happen.

This energy is stored in the cables at extremely high tensions which can be relatively reliable if properly maintained and inspected periodically. However, storing energy at such high tensions can result in the snapping of the cable. It's not that commonplace for it to happen. It's only happened around 3-4 times in the 10 years intamin has been making these Accelerator coasters.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby darklingscribe » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:29 pm

Has there ever been any incident with cable on an S&S air launched coaster?

I do not mean to impune Intamin with this question as there are many more accelerators out there than S&S air launched coasters and therefore more chances for things to break, I'm just asking for statistics.

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby TXman308 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:04 pm

^No. But Ring Racer blew up. :lol:
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