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Postby TheDarkMaxim » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:07 pm

Sk610 wrote:I was just reading on Screamscape that Elitch Gardens is removing their speed slides. Since Premier manages both EG and DL could they buy the slides from EG cheap and move them here? I know the two parks are not owned by the same people, but Premier does have a deal for cheaper rent on DL in exchange for them adding the new attractions. Speed slides are one of the only things our Waterpark lacks


Waterslides are inexpensive. The concrete, towers, and pumping systems are expensive, hence why you rarely see slides relocated.

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Postby TheAmericanKnight » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:47 pm

Any word on the construction of the Strike-Up ride?

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Postby Tackleberry » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:09 am

TheAmericanKnight wrote:Any word on the construction of the Strike-Up ride?


Construction? Shouldnt take them more than 30 seconds to plug it in.

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Postby SbSteveZ » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:24 pm

Looks like SFNE's mind eraser got new trains this season! Here's to hoping eventually DL will follow suit. :p
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby DarienLaker » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:32 pm

Those seats look really comfy to me!
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby ParcMan » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:29 pm

All this talk about SLC's and their shakiness has got me wondering:

Why do steel coasters get shakier over time? Is it partly from the track and trains, or is it just the trains? And if it is the trains, can't the trains just be "tightened" or adjusted in order to reduce shakiness? Or is that what they do, but they can only tighten and adjust so much before things just need replacing.

I bring this up, mostly because I was on T3 at KK last year and that ride with it's new train was pure pain. So does that mean that the new trains are designed poorly, or can steel coaster tracks warp and get misaligned over time?

I personally don't think new trains would do Mind Eraser any good. I would however love to see Vekoma build an all new invert in their new style of track designs at DL.

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Postby Sk610 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:12 pm

I think SF is putting VR on their version of ME this year, hence the new trains. The new trains look comfortable, but I think most of us are waiting to see the actual outcome. My thought is the reason why SLC's are so shaky has to do with poor manufacturing of the trains and track both. Great trains on bad track doesn't work, and great track with a bad train doesn't work either. Imagine a bad train on bad track and you get an SLC

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby ride of steel » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:11 am

The wheels are too spread out so the train bounces up and down causing headbanging.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby jynx242 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:42 pm

I think there are multiple reasons for SLC's not riding well. We've seen parks that can and have kept them running very well - but the majority seem to become rough and shuffly. I think it has to do with both the track and the trains together. It always feels to me that the trains just don't really track well on the Vekoma track they run on. You can see the gaps between the wheels and the track (expecially the "upstop" wheels,) which appears to be why they shuffle so much.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby Tackleberry » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:40 pm

New addition.... but not the one were looking for.
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