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Postby JEAPUgrad » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:31 pm

Just back from the park.

The only thing different from yesterday's photo report and what I saw today was rebar or some other steel stuff was coming out of where the lift will be. I saw one column with this!

There were five supports for the turn around after the first drop.

Though they don't look like they hug the ground quite as much as the animations depict. The track appears to be six to eight feet off the ground. SROS at SFA comes close enough to the ground that you use to be able to grab grass as you flew by before they put landscaping rocks down there to keep the grass out.

I stopped in the store to the right of the main entrance to check out the model of I305 and the coaster train could not complete a circuit without the help of the store's associate. Not a good sign. ;)

I arrived to the park around 1pm and rode Grizzly nearly a dozen times getting many re-rides without having to get out of my seat.

I bounced on over to Rebel Yell and rode a half dozen times with the same circumstances.

By this point it was around 2:30 and the park was much more busy.

I took a ton of pics and will post them here as soon as I copy them off my facebook page and convert them to files.

Volcano had the longest line I've seen since it opened going back into the old Smurf queue. I decided to pass on Volcano and didn't even check Dominator.

My trip down usually takes 1.5 hours but this time it took three hours. Traveling south on I95 between the Mixing Bowl (Springfield) and Quantico was a nightmare. I got off I95 and took US 1 all the way down.

Squeezed in a brief stop at Sonic off exit 126.

Those of us who live in the Baltimore/DC region do not take for granted that we do not have Sonics around so now that there is one on the way, it's a must.

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Postby JEAPUgrad » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:04 pm

Random pics from my Motorola Karma.

Some are pretty good I think!
Wally World Reference.jpg
Sorry Folks, Wally World is closed today
Tyler and Dominator.jpg
The Money Shot. My car, Tyler Xavier Ryan and Dominator
Dominator Rear View.jpg
Would be cool shot if my mirror wasn't so dirty.
RTP Geauga.jpg
R.I.P. Geauga Lake
Treasure Cave.jpg
I will never ever ever forgive Paramount Parks for removing Yogi from this attraction.
Gutter.jpg
Take your pic...you can have the pig or you can have the cock!
DT B and White.jpg
I'm so sticking this up as my wallpaper on my desktop
Volcano B and W.jpg
Love those zero g rolls more than Sonic! And that's saying something.
Orange Volcano.jpg
Playing with cell phone camera options
Nation Bee Hive.jpg
Though not associated with coasters, anyone who ever attended Velvet Nation or Buzz will appreciate this pic. Nation was a legendary night club in DC before the Nats stadium moved in. This was spray painted on a jersey wall today where the club's main entrance use to be. *sigh*

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Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:37 pm

JEAPUgrad wrote:Just back from the park.

The only thing different from yesterday's photo report and what I saw today was rebar or some other steel stuff was coming out of where the lift will be. I saw one column with this!

There were five supports for the turn around after the first drop.

Though they don't look like they hug the ground quite as much as the animations depict. The track appears to be six to eight feet off the ground. SROS at SFA comes close enough to the ground that you use to be able to grab grass as you flew by before they put landscaping rocks down there to keep the grass out.

I stopped in the store to the right of the main entrance to check out the model of I305 and the coaster train could not complete a circuit without the help of the store's associate. Not a good sign. ;)

I arrived to the park around 1pm and rode Grizzly nearly a dozen times getting many re-rides without having to get out of my seat.

I bounced on over to Rebel Yell and rode a half dozen times with the same circumstances.

By this point it was around 2:30 and the park was much more busy.

I took a ton of pics and will post them here as soon as I copy them off my facebook page and convert them to files.

Volcano had the longest line I've seen since it opened going back into the old Smurf queue. I decided to pass on Volcano and didn't even check Dominator.

My trip down usually takes 1.5 hours but this time it took three hours. Traveling south on I95 between the Mixing Bowl (Springfield) and Quantico was a nightmare. I got off I95 and took US 1 all the way down.

Squeezed in a brief stop at Sonic off exit 126.

Those of us who live in the Baltimore/DC region do not take for granted that we do not have Sonics around so now that there is one on the way, it's a must.


What is it with I-95 being a parking lot between Woodbridge & Fredericksburg?Every time we've gone this season that's what it's been & US-1 was no better last time we tried a couple weeks ago,perhaps sunday's traffic will be light enough that we won't have to go through that mess yet again.

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Postby eddie200330 » Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:41 pm

If the park is this dead, what kinda crowds should I expect this weekend (9/05-9/06)
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Postby pkdcoaster » Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:55 pm

eddie200330 wrote:If the park is this dead, what kinda crowds should I expect this weekend (9/05-9/06)


Not that dead ;)

Labor day crowds are weird...usually Sunday is more crowded than Saturday but Volcano will have a huge line all day...hit Dominator in the middle of the day. Short line and they should be running 3 trains.

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Postby okinawaboy11 » Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:14 pm

I went on Wednesday, it was GREAT. Volcano's line never reached out of the entrance to the volcano, everything was a walk on all day. Maybe 200-300 cars in the parking lot if that.

Construction on I305 was pretty much the same, a couple more supports up, and it looked like they were starting to put together the giant crane as we were leaving.

Thank you KD for keeping open a week after school starts.

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Postby topthrillbran » Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:49 pm

Hey, I'm new here and I've been following I305 since June. After watching the pov over and over on the I305 website, does anyone else think the animation is underestimating the speed? Think about it... MF's 300' drop with an overbanked turn and flat curve before the second hill of 169' and you still get "baby" airtime. I305's 300' drop with a helix directly into the second hill of 150'. So based on this, the train should be FLYING over that second hill providing major airtime. Same goes for the 2 adjacent camel humps.

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Postby okinawaboy11 » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:03 pm

topthrillbran wrote:Hey, I'm new here and I've been following I305 since June. After watching the pov over and over on the I305 website, does anyone else think the animation is underestimating the speed? Think about it... MF's 300' drop with an overbanked turn and flat curve before the second hill of 169' and you still get "baby" airtime. I305's 300' drop with a helix directly into the second hill of 150'. So based on this, the train should be FLYING over that second hill providing major airtime. Same goes for the 2 adjacent camel humps.


Yeah I've thought a lot about that too. The animation just doesn't look like the physics are right. I mean, that second hill is half the size of the first one. There's no way that hill won't deliver some intense airtime.

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Postby bpmitchell » Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:00 am

I went out to the park yesterday as well and snapped a whole bunch of good photos. Here are my photos from the day: *Each photo is watermarked with the podcast that I do coverage for*
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support beams put together for tressel
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track piece going from double to single spine
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part of cable lift system
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part of a support
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part of another tressel piece
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closeup of the connector
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more of another piece with a connector
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more supports on a flatbed
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flatbed at another angle
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More of a tressel piece bolted together

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Postby JEAPUgrad » Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:51 am

^nice find on the tressel pieces. I looked but didn't see them.

While checking out the webcam, I see the supports have gone up from the brakes to the turn around into the station.

Any body know when we'll see track attached to the supports?

Will they put most of the supports up (minus the lift hill) before track goes vertical?

And finally, is it true that the brake run is usually the last section of track installed in case they need to make any adjustments from the rest of the layout being slightly off?

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