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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby Lareson » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:10 am

Looks like Iron Rattler will only have 2 trains, just because of the block layout. No mid-course brake run or an exit station would make a 3rd train operation impossible. The station will have to be fixed anyways considering it was configured weirdly due to the 5-car PTC trains.

Considering that Fiesta Texas is a much smaller park compared to Over Texas, this really doesn't need a 3 train operation.

I'm glad to see how well this is coming. Probably won't ever have a chance to go down that way to go to either Six Flags park, but hoping to see a nice POV for it, unless Six Flags decide to give out a butchered one like they did with Texas Giant. Also it is just me or are there 2 different track colors? I noticed on the lift it's the orange, but the former helix area is red.
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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby jps294 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:34 am

Lareson wrote:I'm glad to see how well this is coming. Probably won't ever have a chance to go down that way to go to either Six Flags park, but hoping to see a nice POV for it, unless Six Flags decide to give out a butchered one like they did with Texas Giant. Also it is just me or are there 2 different track colors? I noticed on the lift it's the orange, but the former helix area is red.


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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby railsrust » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:39 am

Actually, it wouldn't be that difficult for them to open up the station for more cars. The original Rattler trains were 7 cars. Later on they downsized it to 5 cars per train. When they did that, all they did to change the station was remove two of the airgates and block off the unused boarding section.
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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby vacoaster09 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:16 pm

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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby ArizonaGuy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:04 pm

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Lareson wrote:Looks like Iron Rattler will only have 2 trains, just because of the block layout. No mid-course brake run or an exit station would make a 3rd train operation impossible. The station will have to be fixed anyways considering it was configured weirdly due to the 5-car PTC trains.

Considering that Fiesta Texas is a much smaller park compared to Over Texas, this really doesn't need a 3 train operation.

I'm glad to see how well this is coming. Probably won't ever have a chance to go down that way to go to either Six Flags park, but hoping to see a nice POV for it, unless Six Flags decide to give out a butchered one like they did with Texas Giant. Also it is just me or are there 2 different track colors? I noticed on the lift it's the orange, but the former helix area is red.


We used to run 3 train operation on the Rattler when I was a Rattler ride op from 96-99, not really sure when they got rid of the third train but I believe it was in the mid 2000's. Even with all the newer coasters added over the years it was still the coaster with the longest line everytime I visited the park through out the years after I stopped working there. I'm sure with the ride being a bit shorter, 2 train operation is what they'll run fir iRat considering no mid course brake. In any case, I can't wait for it. It's gonna be amazing. The drop already looks pretty good just driving by. Dunno if they're working during the holiday weeks but I'm gonna drive by this Saturday to see if there is any progress.
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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby Mrlittle » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:51 pm

When they announced Iron Rattler, they said it would be a two train operation. I also got a flyer from the park as well that said two trains.

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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby Lareson » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:52 pm

jps294 wrote:
Lareson wrote:Its all one color of orange... here is some pics of the helix!


Ah... I see it's orange! For some reason I think in some of the pics, it looks almost red.

Actually kind of glad that Fiesta Texas babied this coaster as much as it was an engineering failure when it opened. After I figured out RCCA was the one who designed it and the rush on it to beat Mean Streak, it kind of made sense. I'm sure we are looking at a new station setup anyways with it bumping to a 6-car train config. From what I could tell from pictures, the air gates look like they were torn out for the other 2 cars.

Six Flags does have a few PTC parts floating around now with Texas Giant and Rattler's old trains. I figured that is what happened to Rattler's 3rd train if it just ended up disappearing one year, a parts donor.
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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby Jakizle » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:48 pm

Rattler ran 3 trains as of 2010 on busy days. Without stacking too...

Last year I believe it ran 1 original Rattler train and 1 blue train from Texas Giant but I could be wrong.

Without a midcourse and a pretty quick ride time, 2 trains is all iRat needs. 3 trains on NTAG barely helps anyways and it's a much longer ride with a MCBR.

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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby vacoaster09 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:05 am

Yeah I305, only has 2 trains, but because the course is short, low to the ground, and the ride hauls a$$, the trains is ready to advance into the station before the prior finishes its restraint checks allowing. I305s line moves much faster most of the other rides at KD. I think IR could end being a people eater.
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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby johnychen » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:05 pm

Decided to drop by the park yesterday since I was getting pretty bored staying at home. Thought 45 degree drizzly weather should keep the crowds small. The crowds were definitely pretty light.

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Here's the entrance to Iron Rattler.
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The brake run.
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Another shot of the brake run
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Brake run going into station.
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The station brake run.
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More of the quarry tunnel to station. Looks like it might be straight from the tunnel exit to brake run.
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More of the quarry tunnel to station.
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Station exit.
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Double lift hill shot.
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Looks like pieces of the old Rattler.
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Not too many people buying this today.
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Fiesta Bay Boardwalk with Christmas lights
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Big tree in Rockville
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Scream with tree.
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Lights
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Lights
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More Lights
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Screaming lights.
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There are a lot of lights here
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Lights everywhere
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Everything had lights
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Spassburg lights.
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The log flume was actually opened to any brave soul that dared to ride it in freezing weather.
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Sparkly
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Even the dragon was decorated.
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The bumper cars were converted to a skating rink.
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They had snow miser and heat miser on the screen.
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The train covered in lights.
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Lights set to music.
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A festival of lights
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Road Runner Express all lit up.
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More dancing lights. Just imagine hearing Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the background.
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You can have your picture taken inside a snow globe.
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Fiesta de las luces.
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Goliath all sparkly.
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Goliath with cool blue lift hill lights. There was a very perky ride op there that sounded like Dory speaking whale.
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One more light shot before leaving.
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