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Jason, I have a question. I noticed that in the first test video you posted, the lift hill looked like it was going at elevator-cable speed, but it looked rather normal in the most recent video. Had they actually sped up the lift, or was that video editing on your part?

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Jason, I have a question. I noticed that in the first test video you posted, the lift hill looked like it was going at elevator-cable speed, but it looked rather normal in the most recent video. Had they actually sped up the lift, or was that video editing on your part?

 

I haven't modified the videos in any way other than going from AVI to WMV and adding some text. I've compared both videos and really can't tell much difference in speed myself.

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Kemah is located to the south of Houston along Galveston Bay.

 

Here is some video of a test run I saw this evening. GuruGuys should have some video from other angles later as he saw more test runs than I did and had the chance to check it out from a few different spots.

 

http://www.coasterphotos.com/Videos/movies/BB_Test_081307.wmv

 

Right-click the link and save the file.

 

They still have more work to do on the ride before they just do nothing but cycle it over and over, but they are definitely getting closer!

 

Hey Jason!

 

It was very nice meeting you out there. Thanks for all your hard work and excellent pictures.

 

Ill be working on editing something to put up on my video as well as a few new pictures, alas, my equipment is not near as good as Jason's so don't expect the same quality!

 

-GG

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Ahh, the sound of a wooden coaster running, I haven't heard that in a couple weeks. This gets me a hankering for some Voyage, too bad it is trimmed to the point of the tripple down is slow. Oh well, I guess I will prescribe myself a circuit or two on Cornball Express in a couple weeks.

 

And I plan on buying a shirt in a couple weeks if you wouldnt' mind getting one for me.

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Hey Jason!

 

It was very nice meeting you out there. Thanks for all your hard work and excellent pictures.

 

Ill be working on editing something to put up on my video as well as a few new pictures, alas, my equipment is not near as good as Jason's so don't expect the same quality!

 

-GG

 

Was nice to meet you too. Wish I could have gotten out there earlier but work has to come first. I'm glad I hung around as long as I did this evening though, I was about ready to go home when I caught Jim out of the corner of my eye and walked up to you guys. Can't wait to see your photos and video on a slighly bigger screen

 

 

 

spaceace12 - Just drop me a message when you are ready for a shirt and we'll work out the details. I'd be more than happy to get one to you.

 

 

Jason

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Because of the way I have my site configured, clicking a video link from another site will result in that message, you will have to save the file to your PC to view it. At one time I had an issue with bandwidth because a lot of people were linking or embedding my videos in their web pages. I don't have a bandwidth issue any more and need to change that...

 

I don't have the video linked on my site yet.

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I had to get this one out first. Thanks to all the hard work that the crew has put out who have battled over 113 degrees with the heat index these past few weeks. Think of all the smiling faces and joy you'll bring to the millions of riders throughout the years!

 

Congratulations to a Very Happy Crew!

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A Very Happy Crew! After The Boardwalk Bullet completed it first three unassisted circuits!

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What was the reason that the train wasnt making a complete run and what did they do to correct it if anyone knows?

 

They were off by about 6 inches in one spot, replaced about 30 feet of track if I'm not mistaken. They still have about 15 feet of track to tune if I remember correctly.

 

Some wood was sanded down as well, apparently the wheels were rubbing on some wood at one part.

 

Almost done with my video. VERY VERY tough to edit this coaster, only three places to stand and tape from really, and this thing winds inside itself so much, VERY had to get video of every part.

 

-GG

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I was there for all 8 test runs today.

 

According to the speed gun at the bottom of the first drop, it gained 10mph from the first run to the 8th. It is only 2mph from the target speed of 51mph.

 

The crew said that if it's already going 44mph after just three runs, it should go faster than 51 by the time it opens.

 

(ahem) YEEEEE-HAAAA!!!

 

 

As for the guy who was worried that it would be trimmed to death after a few months... I don't think they CAN. The layout pretty much prevents it.

 

There is a big drop at the front, then some INSANE track, then a tall hill. If they trim it, it won't make that hill.

 

Then it drops off that hill and there is more insanity, then near the end is another tallish hill. There are anti-rollbacks on that one as well. If they trim the insanity, it won't make THAT hill, either.

 

So there ya go. The only way this thing can be made less intense is to redesign it in a LOT of places. Ain't gonna happen.

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I don't think anyone knows absolutely for sure but it seemed to be the train gauge was off and slowlying the ride down. Nothing abnormal with the design or anything like that. Just needing adjustments.

 

I was told that the side wheels were rubbing in some spots around the bay turn. When I arrived today, they were sawing and sanding like crazy all around that turn.

 

When they ran the test a bit later, the car cleared the problem hill with speed to spare.

 

By the last run, it was clearing it easily and the end of the run was hauling butt.

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New Pics from day of first successful test run.

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View of Bay from Station - This pic REALLY doesn't give it justice, I hope Jason can get one with his better equipment soon, it was beautiful!

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This will be full of anxious people soon! The train zooms by after the first drop right under and to the left of this ramp!

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Very Nice View of Drop from Station

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Test Train on Brake Pads

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Station Work In Progress

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