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During the Hard Hat Tour I asked Tim that exact question and he said it was because of clearance in the tunnel. I'm just assuming they are using the same track for the remainder of the straight section of track after the launch out of the tunnel. Could be flat outside of the tunnel due to that still being part of the launch? I mean they do have to launch it enough to get over the "First Ever 160 Foot Top Hat".

 

For clarification, we're talking about the track in the foreground where it switches from the older style track with smaller spine and thinner ties to the larger newer Premier style.

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I was always under the assumption that the way the ties are set up are due to the amount of stress it's going to take on. Where it goes from the newer triangular setup to the traditional flat/thin ties, is that the track leading up to the Superman Plaza flyover? Could it be that it's taking on more forces leading up to that element? Looks like it gradually makes changes from traditional to the triangular setup, and then to the double spine. Just my 2-cents.

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A friend of mine, who works for Intermountain Lift, told me they fabricate track and uprights according to the plans they get from the structural engineers. Ties, Spines, and Rails are determined by the structural engineers and the low profile ties are used where hardware needs to be installed in the track or where hardware mounted to the chassis could impact the ties. Rutin, Intamin's upright and track fabricator in Hungary, fabricates track with low profile ties as well.

 

-Sid

 

Now I know! Thanks for the insight.

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I'm always happy to share nerdy info! lol There should have been track that was delivered this past Monday as well and everything is on schedule to be delivered by the end of the month, but I think that's common knowledge. Intermountain Lift should be working on Lagoon's new for 2015 "Mega Coaster" over the summer as well.

 

-Sid

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I was always under the assumption that the way the ties are set up are due to the amount of stress it's going to take on. Where it goes from the newer triangular setup to the traditional flat/thin ties, is that the track leading up to the Superman Plaza flyover? Could it be that it's taking on more forces leading up to that element? Looks like it gradually makes changes from traditional to the triangular setup, and then to the double spine. Just my 2-cents.

 

The larger spine carries more load without deflecting, so it requires less support. Note the difference in support for Intamin's 2/3/4-rail track sections - less rails, less bulky, less space between supports. The large spine was used on S:UF at Discovery Kingdom for the roll at the top so that it could be essentially unsupported. The large spine here allows the train to make its run over the Superman plaza with only a single support having to be in the path, and then it helps to carry the load through the snake dive so that some complex support structure isn't necessary to be built on that side of the hill, which is pretty steep.

 

Sidenote, don't come yelling at me about being a Junior Engineer. I'm a structural engineering junior and I choose to believe that college has taught me *something* over the last three years. (Better have, with all the money I pay these people.)

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^cuz Im obsessed. Plus I thought skyrocket looked hideous in every way so I am happy to see them reverting to some traditional styles.

 

It looked hideous because of the ties it used? Seriously, do people really care that much about what the track looks like when they ride a coaster? Just curious.

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^cuz Im obsessed. Plus I thought skyrocket looked hideous in every way so I am happy to see them reverting to some traditional styles.

 

It looked hideous because of the ties it used? Seriously, do people really care that much about what the track looks like when they ride a coaster? Just curious.

In all honesty dude. Do you really think the general pubic cares about much of what we say? We are here for a reason. If people what to post on a roller coaster subject. Please let them.

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I was mostly commenting on the fact that OP negged a ride based on the type of ties it uses. I just found it odd that of all things to talk negative about a ride is the one thing that has very little effect on the ride experience itself. Not sure where I mentioned anything about the general public though.

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I was mostly commenting on the fact that OP negged a ride based on the type of ties it uses. I just found it odd that of all things to talk negative about a ride is the one thing that has very little effect on the ride experience itself. Not sure where I mentioned anything about the general public though.

I'm sorry I misread your post. I hadn't had my morning coffee.

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I just drove through Yolo County, CA today and couldn't help but laugh the whole way. I'll definitely have to get some pictures on the way home.

I'll be driving through it tomorrow on my way to SFDK, everytime I pass by the county limits sign I can't help think of SFMM, so I made a really quick MS Paint of the sign with a slight change..

yolocoasterline.jpg.2af312aa89fc441d44b928a179bd88a4.jpg

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