News - (12/17/07) I haven’t found any photos yet, but I’ve been told that construction crews are crawling all over the Boardwalk Bullet these days, taking sections of the ride down to rebuild it. Now I had heard over the summer that there were solid plans in place to do just this over the winter due to the rushed construction timetable. However, other sources tell me that the rougher portions of the ride have apparently caused a few individuals to file “whiplash” lawsuits so sections of the ride will be tamed down a bit when it reopens.
I hope this doesn't equate to trims. Does anyone know what's going on?
Wow, I missed these posts somehow. Let me try to clear some things up.
There are no trims being added, I don't think there is a part of track straight enough which would allow for trims to being with.
They are not "tearing sections of the ride down".
I have been visiting the Bullet several times a week since they started construction. There are NO MAJOR changes to the ride. I don't know anything about 'whiplash' claims. Those that have stated they are taming the first drop because 'whiplash claims' must know more than I do. Their goal was to get it constructed as it was designed, this is all they are doing as far as I know.
I do know they have done/are doing the following:
Re tracking a section of track from midway down the first drop all the way around the upper bay turn. They currently have the last half of this almost ready for rails.
They have removed what we called "The pop" located about halfway through the ride.
Today they were re-tracking the second big drop which was said to be gaged too tight.
They have made some adjustments on several ledgers, none any more than a few inches, which has straightened out the first drop to make it much smoother.
They have fixed the magnetic brakes and track on the brake run - no more train stalling upon station re-entry on the brake runs.
Right now they are trying to finish by the Friday the 28th in time for New Years, however weather and other factors will determine if that date is met. IMO, I think it will take a little longer than that.
So, in summary, I think that article from the other forum is mainly BS. They are not redesigning the ride cause people are complaining of whiplash, just getting it right, which will make it smoother and faster.