So I can't sleep, so might as well upload some pictures from West Coast Bash @ SFMM - Morning. I didn't do the service road tour as I skipped out for a few hours (more on that another time) but did attend the Q&A. If you were following the TPR page you probably already learned a few things. Road Runner is still dirt, but might start going upwards in about 10 days, Green Lantern might be open around Memorial Day and will start vertical construction in about 10 days, the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo policy will be revised. Someone who shall be nameless (me) asked about getting drink holders in the ride station, and that question was answered with a more or less stay tuned So if that occurs, that will be a nice change. And the joke of the day with the Q&A was budget and spending wisely. They explained how they've gone in the hole the past few years on WCB and had to do something to make it profitable and adding others was a way to try and do that as they weren't allowed to run an event in the hole as they done in the past. A very reasonable and understandable explanation. So, no more ranting, on with pics. Some with captions, some you can make up your own if you want to.
Welcome to WCB, or Physics Day, which ever you prefer.
Robb managing the check in area, or maybe playing a game
Goliath took a break during ERT, wasn't used to be up so early.
How about some Tatsu. Single train op as two trains were in mandatory rehab per B&M procedures.
they were passing out ride vouchers to return at a certain time for Tatsu, so that was cool for the GP
They opened superman a little early for everyone
it soon got crowded when the park opened. The ride broke down for a few minutes, but they quickly got it back up.
Each row must consist of 3 males and 1 female.
Tour or the haunted house Bite II with the lights on. Not going to comment much, you can make up your own storyline.
there's a giant fan behind curtain #1
what attraction used to be here?
people bungee jump off this thing
names of people who work(ed) on the maze
After the maze it was time for a BBQ lunch, at that point I left for a bit and returned for Q&A and dinner at Mooseburger Lodge, not bad. Next time, I will bring you night time stuff, and maybe pictures of people who like it in the rear.
Last edited by chadster on Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:46 pm.
So now we've come to the afternoon/evening portion of WCB 2011 at SFMM. I spent most of the time riding, as such, I didn't spend time taking pics. The presentation was comical and the guys tried hard to answer each and every question. Nighttime ERT was a blast in the rain on X2 and Superman (WHAT?!?!?!, yes Superman was OPEN in the the rain!). Batman was hauling some serious A$$ on this night, with fog machines and an awesome lighting package, something they said they haven't done since 1999, hmmmm could they be doing a trial for Haunt, no one really knows. Apocinator was running wicked with it's single Smurf train.
these two joksters were trying to convince everyone that soft restraints would be installed on Revolution.
Since it had already been sprinkling, why not grab some ERT on jet stream
there were at least some people riding, but very very few
so yeah, I rode it, twice. Never having rode it before, this thing hauls tail in the second half, a pleasant surprise.
What's that you asked, why no waterfall shot? Well, since you asked, here it is.
And since I know everyone likes water, here's another
and another with Superman running, ok, enough of the water you say? fine. be that way. first you want to see water then you don't....make up your mind!
This is a scarey bunch of people, oh wait, I'm in that picture. Taking on Ninja.
PAL said taking Ninja in the rear was the best, so we let him.
And since PAL said Ninja was so good from the rear, I thought, why not take Gold Rusher in the rear.
The new sign looks great at night!!
That's all the pics, spent the last 45 minutes on X2 with an exclusive soundtrack, had a great time. Now it was off to the hotel for 4 hours of sleep before the drive to Knotts!!
Almost forgot, here's a pic of on going track work.
So off to WCB 2011 Day #2 @ Knotts. Knotts, you out did yourself. From the custom made WCB Windseeker Shirts, group photo with Snoopy, backstage tour of the log ride and xcel, not to mention the kick a$$ gifts handed out at lunch, you truly have it going on. May the thumbs of many be pointed up and the blessing of 10,000 suns be bestowed upon you for your hospitality, even in the rain!!!
Now, SIT DOWN! and enjoy Part 3 of 5 of my WCB diary and Part I of Knotts WCB!
I'll start with the xcel tour.
Up at the butt crack of dawn.
You mean to tell me that we get to take a tour of the log ride? Holly @#$% that's fantastic!
So this is Mark, guru of maintenance. He's telling us not to let our drool dirty up his ride.
Ready Nerds? Forward March!
The brake fins are made of aluminum and bronze.
Catch car, in the station, no train. How cool is that? This thing has three cables, yes three. Thats three times your intamin cable fun.
A cable runs on either side of the rail, see the cable? I do. Mark said the car, fins, everything has super tight tolerances, something in the range of a couple of millimeters.
And a return cable at the end of the car.
train go fast down track when go button pressed
boring electronics room
You can only get this shot on the backstage tour.
and this shot.
and this mega super nerd shot.
Into the hydro room and we meet their lead mechanic, Mr. Pumpkin.
Nerds still making their way into the hydro room, hurry up already!
one of the accumulators for all of the massive amounts of fluid.
Motor that makes coaster go fast. Actually, there are ten, yes ten motors on each side. each side is a duplicate of each other.
The big thing wraps up the intamin cable and makes sure it's all lined up and working properly.
This is the other side. At this point, some of us got pulled out to go on the log ride tour so that they could get it open on time. Log Ride > Xcel tour, but the xcel tour was awesome in it's on way as we got to see the big motor that makes it all happen. Thanks Mark!!!
Last edited by chadster on Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:38 pm.
Before all these TRs I was not aware we were able to take both tours or I would have gladly done Xcel, but TMLR was a priority, and probably the highlight of my knotts day, only equaling quest and the q&a session. This is a very good TR so far!
Also people who haven't get down to a Bash/trip/TPR event. Notice how none of my highlights of the Knott's day included riding? It has nothing to do with not loving riding coasters... I LOVE(like REALLY love) riding coasters, as much as the next person, but we got to tour a log ride built in the 60s, got to... well, I dont know if I'm necessarily at a liberty to say what quest is, and not only got a Q&A session from management, but also got a history lesson as well as a Haunt unveil. Seriously, the most awesome stuff is not always the rides, but the kickassery of the event as a whole. Anyway, the TR is great so far and is a great look at one of the best weekends of my life.
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