ZDT sent us two more photos of progress on Switchback Railroad!
Switchback has officially gone vertical this past weekend! Over the next couple weeks, the structure and tracking near the overbanked turn should rise up to near completion. The next stop after that... the lift hill and initial drop!
^In the second picture, there appears to be a gap in the fence behind the building. There also appear to be no mounting brackets on the adjacent footings yet.
This coaster is probably the one I'm most interested to see built this year...mainly due to its surroundings. The folks at ZDT really are creative to figure out how to make an amusement park out of their former industrial site. This is going to be one park to keep an eye on even after Switchback is finished...they're going to have to be clever to figure out how to add much more in the years ahead, but I know they'll find a way.
ZDT's Amusement Park has provided another construction update!
In the past few weeks, Switchback has seen some pretty big changes! We've uploaded a few pictures at the following link so you can see what we've been up to: Switchback Construction Photos.
In Zone 1, the structure of the ride is nearing completion! This is the area where Switchback will take it's sharpest overbanked turn at 104°. As you can see in the pictures, the last part of the structure to go up will be the supports for the overbanked turn. We expect these supports to be fastened in over the next few weeks.
As we finish up in Zone 1, we've also begun working on Zone 3! This will be the section of the ride that contains the train station and lift hill. Currently we are building and stacking up bents, which are the structural elements you see in the pictures provided.
After stockpiling these bents, we will bring in a crane to hoist them up into the air one-by-one and fasten them into place. This will occur at a fairly rapid pace, with large portions of the structure being erected each day! The first crane should be brought in sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Also in Zone 3, we have begun erecting the structure in areas where the track will be lower to the ground. These first few supports that have been put into place make up the exit from the train station, where the train will begin approaching the initial lift.
We would like to thank you all for your continued support of Switchback, and your interest in its progress! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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