pkdcoaster Posted September 30, 2006 Share Posted September 30, 2006 Well after my trip to SFGtAd last weekend and riding and seeing El Toro, I was very impressed by the ride but also Intamins approach to a wood design that has been working for well over 75 years. For thoses that have been on the others (Balder and Colossos) please add any differences these have over El Toro as far as design goes. El Toro was just massive and runs right through the midway and Que line so one would imagine this coaster would be loud as hell going 65+ mph a few feet from you, Its Not!, it was actually just as quiet as a steel coaster. Differences: 1. Polyurethane (sp?) wheels as opposed to all steel wheels. Judging by the sound the coaster makes going over the airtime hills, it seems like only the road wheels are poly. (check the attached video) 2. prefab. track seems very odd to me but it works (great) 3. No crossties! the first time I saw Colossos I could not believe it takes that diving turn with no crossties keeping the track gauge together (if you notice on each bent there are steel braces that keep the track gauge together.) but still it seems like the parts that have alot of lateral stress should have them. 4. Track design- approx. 15 layers stacked Vertically (compressed) then about 7 layers Horizontally for the upstop overhang. If anybody has anything else to add about these rides please do, but I found El Toro just amazing as far as ride quality and durability (most noticably the structure barely moves) I have heard that the first 2 prefab. woodies are still very smooth (opinions?) so it seems that the wheels make a big difference as far as wear and tear go. If anybody has any other technical observations or pics of track cutout or trains please post them. I just thought the design was fascinating and seems to be a great quality product that requires alot less maintenance and a far smoother ride than a traditional wood coaster. But is it only a wood coaster by technical definition? (If a mod could make the video streaming, it would be much appreciated) JEFF ETsound.zip Raw video clip of El Toro cresting hills. Notice the difference in sound when the upstop wheels are in control. Polyurethane Road wheels no crossties!- notice the steel braces holding the track gauge in place on the bents underside of track. showing about 15 layers stacked vertically prefab. joint. riding it you cannot notice this Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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