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Re: THE COASTER ENGINEERING EXPEDITIONS OF ZACH

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Kennywood's Sky Rocket backstage tour and Trip Report!

Postby The SETGO Guys » Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:42 pm

Kennywood!

Kennywood is an amazing park, So much History and some of the greatest coasters every (Great Upkeep)
So anyway....I was in Pittsburgh (the main purpouse of this trip was for my dad (who loves baseball) to visit a Pirates game) Btw I hate baseball

I decided to go with him so I could visit the ETC at Carnegie Mellon (Randy Pausch-Last Lecuture...look it up!) and his best friend had promised me for years to take me to KENNYWOOD! So it was a great trip

I also want to share some pics of the city too...Pittsburgh is a great city...even I who am not a sports fan loved the sports section of the city! The Whole city is clean and has some great musuems (The Heinz center has the old Racer Cars in the lobby!)

A few notes about the City-
-City's official colors of black and gold
-Even the Theme Parks get into sports which I found cool!


SOME PICS!
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Great Looking Building!
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Love that the Gym is above the Mcdonalds!
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Mr.Rogers Is from Pittsburgh....(Can you say Coaster)
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I'm Press! ;)


KENNYWOOD TIME!
-First off Thank you to the Kennywood Press Dept. for the wonderfull tour
-I got to go Backstage at Skyrocket! So were start with that!

~SKYROCKET~
The first 1/2 of the ride is great! The Second 1/2 of the Coaster is just lacking on thrills....The first half has amazing airtime and it is def a great coaster!

Some Pics!
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So My Press Guide opened the gate and say "Go in and get some better pics" Its a great Coaster to get pics of!
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I only had to wait 5 Mins for my with my Press tour! Lol
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Running among the Trees!
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INSANE AMOUNT OF AIRTIME!
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1/2 mark....where the ride tapers off
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NO ZOOM USED!
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It looks like an X-Car....but its not...
BTW-They only run 2 Trains on this Coaster.....and it still has a great Capacity!
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Skyrocket Sign....You can see the Old Mill Behind it!
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Racer in the background...Skycoaster in Foreground! Skycoaster is an added Cost...I did not ride it!
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THUNDERBOLT!


~THUNDERBOLT~
-There is a reason this used to be #1...It Def made my top 10...WHAT AN AMZAING COASTER! The lift comes about 1/2 through the ride....and the biggest drop is at the end.
-Some history
-Originally built by John A. Miller in 1924, the ride's name was Pippin until 1967, when it changed to Thunderbolt beginning with the 1968 season, coinciding with an expansion of the track.
- The Thunderbolt still uses the 1958 Pippin trains manufactured by the National Amusement Device Company, known as "Century Flyers."

Some Pics!
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This is halfway through the ride!
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From the Station!
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The front of a Century Flyer! Beautifull trains
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Everything is Yellow and Black.... Pittsburgh Colors!


~Extermintator~
-Coming from Disney and being Spoiled by theming- I was surprised by the quality of the ride! Fun Ride and the Longest wait of the day at around 30 Mins.

~The WHIP~
-A TON OF FUN! A great Classic that you don't see anymore and I loved it...Rode it three times
-One great thing about the park is unlike florida there is no idiotproofing- (I.E- Saftey Gates, Nasty Ride ops yelling) Which I loved coming from Disney!

The Staff is very friendly and fun!

More pics!
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SPLASHDOWN!
Shoot-the-Chute ride named for the brief period in the 1890s when Pittsburgh dropped the "h" from its name.
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The Whip....Look at that machinery!
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Loading-Last one of its Kind!
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A fun trackless Dark Ride! Ghostwood Estate
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Auto Race- Another Last of its kind ride!


Kiddieland
-I found it really cool how old the rides were
-THANKS KENNYWOOD FOR PRESERVING EVERYTHING!
-Yes, I did credit Whore the Kiddie Coaster Lil' Phantom-It looks really cool I must say! :)
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Lil' Phantom is built in the style of classic coasters manufactured by Allan Herschell
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The Ferris Wheel- Named after the great George Wheel! Built in 1924- So Cool how its still standing!
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The Ferris Wheel- Named after the great George Wheel! Built in 1924- So Cool how its still standing!
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Mini Whip!


~Racer~
Another John Miller Coaster
-Not as great as Thunderbolt or Jackrabbit
-Its more like a step up coaster
-BUT STILL FUN
-SOME HISTORY
The ride is a Moebius track
Riders commonly reach over and touch hands of riders on the other train during the ride.
-Unfortantly nobody wanted to give me a high five :(
Again Great Upkeep for being built in 1927
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The Facad!
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The Winning Strech!


~JACKRABBIT~
AMAZING-WHAT A GREAT RIDE
-Ride in the back-The Double dip is amazing!
History
Built in 1920
-Coming down off of its second hill, the track levels out briefly half of the way down, then continues downward — a double-dip drop. The speed of the train as it enters this second part of the drop is so high that the riders are given the impression that they will be thrown free of the train!
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Artsy Shot!
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Sign!
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I have no pics of the Double Dip :(
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Kangaroo
-Yes you get airtime on this ride :)


~Phantoms Revenge~
Different in the front in back!
GREAT AIRTIME
A GREAT COASTER-A TOP 10 FOR SURE!
-History
Built in 1991
Originally named the "Steel Phantom". The coaster briefly held several records such as the largest drop on a roller coaster (228 ft) and the fastest roller coaster (82 mph). After the 2000 season, the coaster was heavily modified by D. H. Morgan, including the removal of all of the inversions due to complaints of pain given during the ride (head and neck aches, bloody noses, etc.) and was then renamed the "Phantom's Revenge."
-The Second drop is bigger than the first!

Pics
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Nice shot to show the height!
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The whole park is a terrain park!
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Cool Sign


~Old Mill~
Garfields Nightmare
-Hopefully it will be changed back to its historical roots!
-Spoiler-The Press Dept.Told me this was true!
But I'll give it one picture
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Exterior looks really cool
-Whens the last time you think this was EVER filled?
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Ok...maybe 2....but only because the boats look really cool!
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GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!


Some Final Pics!
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It's so photogenic!
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The Turtle-Another last of its kind!
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From The Heinz Center-The Old Racer Cars!
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My Favorite Picture!
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Thanks for reading and Goodnight!


HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT!

Comment if you want!

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Re: THE COASTER ENGINEERING EXPEDITIONS OF ZACH AND LOREN!

Postby Jerrykoala2112 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:17 am

Kennywood looks like a fantastic park! It seems to be one of those parks that will never lose it's charm, huge praise for keeping a lot of the old classic rides.

And me being the boring self, I have yet to experience any sort of back stage tour... Never got evacuated off a ride or any sort of thing like that... Sky Rocket does look totally awesome though! I'm surprised you said that it dies off towards the end of the ride because I have heard that it has some really nice airtime on those bunny hops. All is well though, because Premier is still designing and making great rides!

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Re: Kennywood's Sky Rocket backstage tour and Trip Report!

Postby Geauga Dog » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:12 pm

Sky Rocket does die off after the corkscrew/flatspin. The wavy track does nothing for the ride and there doesn't seem to be as much speed on the bunny hills. I do agree that the ride does have amazing air time on that top hat. That was a big surprise.

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PHYSICS AND BUSCH GARDENS!

Postby The SETGO Guys » Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:01 pm

Its time for a Mini Update from Zach!
-So in Physics we've been studying amusment park physics...I've been snapping some photos during class of Coaster Layouts that we view....
-And The book is really outdated so apperantly on Physics day I'll be able to ride Python!

Anyway Here are some pics!
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A map of Gwazi
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A map of Montu

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Re: COASTER ENGINEERING EXPEDITIONS! BGT Physics!

Postby LoopLover » Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:32 pm

Sky Rocket looks really wacky.....especially the cars!

Good way of referring to Cheetah Chase! :) Makes me laugh! ha ha ha

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Re: COASTER ENGINEERING EXPEDITIONS! BGT Physics!

Postby The SETGO Guys » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:13 pm

COASTER ENGINEERING EXPEDITIONS! BGT Physics!

Friday was Physics day at BGT...while it was a short trip I did manage to get a few things accomplished...
-My Physics work (the most important)
-Cheetaka Construction Photos
-Ride Rhino Rally (With a new storyline)-More about this later...

Lets Begin
-We were let into the park about an hour early....our first stop was Montu-SHE WAS RUNNING AMAZING! Back row... unfortunately every other physics kid decided to ride Montu...so I had to settle with one amazing ride!
-Really it was probably the best ride I've ever enjoyed on Montu ever!
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Montu was amazing! My favorite B&M


Next up we had to get some measurements from Cheetah Chase....not to be confused with Cheetaka or Cheetah hunt
-Cheetah Chase is a Mack Wild Mouse (Or Wilde Maus as Cheetah Chase used to be called)
-Usually CC has a really long wait...but surprisingly it was empty....We were able to stay on for 3 trips to get our measurements.
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No Line-Usually a long wait for Cheetah Chase

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Next up was Kumba
-Kumba was a major disappointment
-First off there was a really long line-so of course BGT runs 1 train
-The operations crew was moving so slow it wasn't even funny...
-And it was running really rough....
-It was really sad because Kumba is usually awesome
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Corkscrew Photo...Check

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You could wait an extra 2 hours to view an accelerometer


It was quite frigid out...so what ride was next....measurements on the log flume!
What a great idea!
-Luckily nobody was in that area so we were able to stand around in the station and get measurements and in my case photos!
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Log Flume Controls! OLD SCHOOL!

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The log flume was built in the 70's (1973 to be exact)


Next was supposed to be Sheikra....but a 30 minute on station operation canceled that idea...
-I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH OPERATIONS ON THE COASTERS!

a quick ride on the Phoenix (Most boring ride ever)
then time for a oldie but a goodie
-SCORPION
-This old Schwarzkopf was not running that great...but I still love it anyways
-Loren however does not...SEND YOUR HATE MAIL!!!!!!
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Tight Helix-Great G-Forces!


The Highlight of the day was surprisingly Rhino Rally!
-There was no wait...which was awesome
-The ride lasts about 5 minutes now, but we got a extended version because the drivers both times I rode were awesome!
-There is a new storyline about finding a lost driver/car....Drivers didn't seem to like this idea...and poked fun at operations for putting a storyline in
-Also where the turnoff for the water portion used to be the missing truck (and the construction workers cars) are blocking the turnoff as well as an ad for Cheetah Hunt...the guides mentioned and talked about Cheetah Hunt
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Rhino Rally- Now with 100% Less Vekoma

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The White Rhino is an Endangered Species and here is its Endangered Feces!

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"This animal over here is called the African Prison Pony"

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We actually had to sit and wait for 2 rows to fill up before we could be cleared for dispatch...

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WE FOUND SCOOTER! THE MISSING DRIVER!
(Or to Cheetaka Construction workers...take your pick)

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Cheetah Hunt/Cheetaka Sign in Line for Rhino Rally


Ok now time for the Cheetah Hunt Update!
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Construction Site
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Looking Good!

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NOW OPEN....Go See it! Because I won't be!


and then it snowed
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So Yeah fun day....
Comment if you have any questions or if you enjoyed the report

THANKS FOR READING!
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Re: COASTER ENGINEERING EXPEDITIONS! BGT Physics!

Postby LoopLover » Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:04 am

Nice corkscrew picture! That's the one on the front of all of the holiday brochures!

You really love coaster physics don't you?!

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Re: COASTER ENGINEERING EXPEDITIONS! BGT Physics!

Postby The SETGO Guys » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:58 am

Yes, I find Coaster Engineering amazing! Hence the title of my thread :p
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