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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:41 am

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release and photos about the completion of Cheetah Hunt's trackwork!

Construction crews worked into the evening on Monday to install the final piece of track that completes Cheetah Hunt’s epic 4,429-foot run – a record length among Busch Gardens Tampa’s coasters. The final section, which completes the “jump” over the Skyride’s cables, was bolted into place just before 9:30 p.m.

Even with the completion of the track, however, the work is far from over in preparing the new mega-attraction for its May 27th grand opening. Crews will spend the next two months finishing the intricate sculpting – or “theming” – of the coasters’ surrounding architecture.

Construction also continues on innovative Cheetah Run habitat, which will house more than a dozen of the highly endangered cats and offer guests unique opportunities to get up-close and witness a cheetah’s speed first-hand during daily sprints.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:16 am

I wonder if they've finished lowering the Sky Ride yet, because there's an awfully small amount of clearance there.
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Postby DJeXeL » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:41 am

As long as it goes over how much clearance do you need? ;)
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Postby KDcoasterMAN » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:43 am

^though I am no expert, It looked like the set up they had for the cables currently was temporary. I expect some type of arm extension to be put on each side of the two towers in question of lowering instead of shorter towers. Hope that made sense.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Lenaapple1974 » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:44 am

^^Maybe when the cable car is on the line, it weighs it down some? I agree, definitely not much clearance.

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Postby DJeXeL » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:56 am

^Exactly......the cables will be weighed DOWN once cars are installed thus pulling the cable away from CH's track. Clearance looks OK to me.
Anyone know if any of the other trains have been delivered?
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Postby coasterkyle » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:05 am

I believe they said that all 5 were delivered at the same time when they released the photo/ video of the one being unloaded.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:13 am

Thank you, I must have missed that :?r
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby oriolat » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:33 am

coasterkyle wrote:I believe they said that all 5 were delivered at the same time when they released the photo/ video of the one being unloaded.


Only 5 trains? I thought this would be like Maverick with 6 trains and a station allowing 2 trains to be loaded at a time.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby coast4airtime » Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:37 pm

^Five trains with four cars has a higher capacity than six trains with three cars. If the operating crew stays on track and loads and unloads the trains quickly, the PPH should be very high.

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