One Loop Wonders:
Having read through a few of the requests pile lately, and finally having some time to work things out, I'm happy to show off a 'modified for RCT 2' One-Loop Wonder.
Technically, this ride would be a hybrid of the Silberpfeil and the LoopingStar, but in all reality, it is closest to the former. Since there is no (current) way to build looping track on a 45 degree angle, as Schwarzkopf did, you have to make an adaptation that in the end will work nicely in creating a ride that works well for parks. Also, I reversed the ride's profile for clarity sake; you can reverse the design provided to fit your park as needed.
So let's take a look at a One Loop Wonder (Version I)
The platform for this coaster is the standard six-unit model. (You will notice I use this as standard in most cases- as it helps to boost capacity by train length.)
Since this is based upon the portable designs of Schwarzkopf, a single powered segment of track to boost trains out and into the lift hill segment is required. Once again, this is a modification off a traditional Silberpfeil design to fit the coaster to RCT 2.
The lift hill is a short but sweet 55 feet tall. No real frills here at all, you don't need it.
The drop is quite easy on this one: As you can see from the pics, a shallow entry into the 180 degree banked drop accelerates the trains nicely.
And then we loop. Once. In the 'reverse' model here, you enter right, exit left; remember if you're building the 'standard' version, enter left, exit right.
Leaving the looping element, a few segments of flat, straight track are required (for clearances later on). I use this section to install a camera assembly- profits, of course! Three segments including the camera mount are required.
A ground level 180 degree turn is required to line the track up for the next 'stunt' element. Here, using two mid-sized banked turns works great. I DO NOT use a Helix element here- as it isn't required. Transition the track into a rising banked curve upwards after the 180 degree turn.
Level out the track at the top, and continue the turn to the right with a large sized banked turn. Go 180 degrees around, and add a single segment of banked straight track (This is the only concession I make in this element due to the location of the looping element.)
Block brake: You can build your coaster without this; I do, as it boosts capacity to three trains, however, if you choose to eliminate this and have a two-train operation, you may do so. Threading the loop is used, as is the case with the Silberpfeil
After the block brake, a Helix element is used to add some length to the coaster, as is the case with the Silberpfeil coaster as well. Dip off the block (Elevation 25 to 15) and immediately bank the track to the left while leveling out into the helix element.
A 540 degree descending helix is used. A short runout track follows to allow for the train to clear the first drop.
From this point on, we're working with the end of the ride, so it's some backwards building that meets up. Start by placing a single block brake at the end of your platform, space it out with one straight track, then a powered track section. Follow this with a flat, tight 90 degree turn to the left into the powered section.
After the turn, install a single block brake, a single straight track, a powered section, and then a STANDARD brake unit set for 18 MPH. If you are omitting the mid-course block brake, remove the block brake from this section (you don't need it!) and set the STANDARD brake speed for 13 MPH.
Returning to the track under the first drop, bank to the left, and add a single wide radius turn. Unbank the track and enter a shallow climb out from the turn.
Rise up to a height of 10, then drop down, banking the track at the 0 elevation to the left. Add a single wide banked left turn to line up with the brake run.
Line up the track, unbank it, and the track will be finished. You now have a One Loop Wonder.
I've found the three-train operations are a capacity monster, eating upwards of 3600-4000 PPH without difficulty. The design is cheap enough to build in a park with limited funds, and racks in the cash easily. It is great if you need (or want) an indoor coaster without the weird sizes/shapes normally associated with indoor coasters.
When building in a queue, adding a large enough switchback building/section is a must. I normally build the queue with around 300 people in mind- sometimes more, sometimes less.
Ideally, your One Loop Wonder will dispatch trains every 11 seconds, with a maximum time of 14 seconds in the platform. Lift speed should be set to 6MPH.
Praise be to Anton, Amen.
Unified Pride: Skin isn't Dead.