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P. 435: Wildcat's Revenge announced!

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Color me whatever color excitement is. This looks just too good!

 

Any news on what they're doing with those two yellow cross-beams? It might just be the shadow but it looks like the top one is partially covered by something blue...

 

Funny story about that. Apparently, those two supports were shipped that way, and Intamin insisted that they were not for the lift because the lift supports are blue instead of yellow (and because they're always right, right?). The ride was constructed, they were proven wrong, and Hershey was sent blue paint but decided to keep them that way.

 

I think that's how the story went, ironically I asked the same question on our construction tour. My memory might be off.

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It does look like it could be the lift cable - it's in almost the exact placement as I305's is, following the support structure even after the train disengages at the top to run down the support column. But Fooz is right, there's been plenty of cables installed throughout the construction process. Since the arch is finished, though, I can't see why there would be one in place anymore - especially not one that's vertical and placed where it is.

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Wasn't it said previously that the lift cable most likely runs back up through the structure to return to the station, since the creek is in the way? It'd be pretty difficult (maybe even impossible) to run a moving cable under the creek, or between Comet and the creek.

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Nee-ope! According to what we were told on our tour, it's going underground. Once again, my memory may be faulty, but I'm pretty sure that's what we were told.

 

EDIT: Silly me! It's going under Comet, not underground. Duh!

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^^That's more or less exactly what happens with I305 - the cable runs through a trench in the ground back to the station. It's just worked into the terrain of Hershey and the creek. That's what I said, pages and pages ago...running a lift cable requires a tension and pulley system, something running the cable back through the truss structure wouldn't really allow for.

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