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P. 435: Wildcat's Revenge announced!

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I305 cable return is not underground, it runs through an uncovered trench in the ground. The Mechanics have to be able to visibly inspect the cable, they wouldn't be able to check the cable return if it's was running through an underground trench. So an underground trench running under comet may not be happening, a system like that could raise some safety/maintenance issues.

 

I've been following the construction of Skyrush since day 1 and I've seen not one pic of a trench dug under Comet for the cable return. On the Station side of Comet there is no sign of a trench for the cable return either. I remember when I305 was constructed the cable return trench was dug out and cement laid with the rest of the footers not after, I guess HP could still dig out a cable return trench but so far there is nothing that would suggest that's the set up they are using. Imo it wouldn't make much sense to go back and dig out trenches and lay concrete after the ground work is completed and the coaster itself is almost complete but I guess will see.

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I305 cable return is not underground, it runs through an uncovered trench in the ground. The Mechanics have to be able to visibly inspect the cable, they wouldn't be able to check the cable return if it's was running through an underground trench. So an underground trench running under comet may not be happening, a system like that could raise some safety/maintenance issues.

 

How would they dig a trench...in the water...? That would make it a dam, stopping the flow of water through the creek. The cable is going to being running right over the water for part of it's return back to the station.

 

From RCDB

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So, not underground, but under Comet.

 

My mistake. I knew I didn't remember it correctly! But it's definitely not going to double-back down the lift hill.

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So, not underground, but under Comet.

 

My mistake. I knew I didn't remember it correctly! But it's definitely not going to double-back down the lift hill.

 

I imagine it being very difficult to accomplish given that in addition to the Comet there is the cue line. Hard to picture them putting a cable that close to peoples heads.

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^I think the most interesting part of that update is that apparently the coaster will still have another curve up and over comet before hitting the brakes. For some reason I was under the impression the turn after the straight bunny hill was into the brake run.

 

I'm getting really excited for this. Hershey's one of my favorite parks and Skyrush is looking to be another great addition.

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So, not underground, but under Comet.

 

My mistake. I knew I didn't remember it correctly! But it's definitely not going to double-back down the lift hill.

 

I imagine it being very difficult to accomplish given that in addition to the Comet there is the cue line. Hard to picture them putting a cable that close to peoples heads.

 

I think it's possible that they can run the cable underneath the bridge that holds Comet's structure over the creek, then when it hits land on the Comet Hollow side of the water, use a pulley or wheel to redirect the cable into an upward slope, running through a trench on that hill/creekside to reach the tension pulleys at the bottom of the lift.

 

^I think the most interesting part of that update is that apparently the coaster will still have another curve up and over comet before hitting the brakes. For some reason I was under the impression the turn after the straight bunny hill was into the brake run.

 

I'm getting really excited for this. Hershey's one of my favorite parks and Skyrush is looking to be another great addition.

 

I think that turn after the bunny hill dips down, then hops up into a first set of brakes, which leads to that turn over the Comet station and into the primary brake run. But I would like to see otherwise, like another bunny hop before that turn over Comet's station! But judging by the only slight banking on that turn and the tightness in which it flattens out to lead into the brake run, there will be brakes before it.

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I think that turn after the bunny hill dips down, then hops up into a first set of brakes, which leads to that turn over the Comet station and into the primary brake run. But I would like to see otherwise, like another bunny hop before that turn over Comet's station! But judging by the only slight banking on that turn and the tightness in which it flattens out to lead into the brake run, there will be brakes before it.

That's spot on. There will be a reduction brake just before the turn over Comet's station.

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The scaffolding has come down around the elevator shaft to reveal a beautiful clock tower! Also more track has been added and they're at the point where the first and second airtime hills are ready to be capped off.

http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/t365-hersheypark-skyrush-construction-update-86#6028

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I've seen this little fella lurking around a few times I would go to get updates. Cute little guy and scared the crap out of me one time when he jumped out of the bushes in front of me.

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This is where the construction vehicles would gain access to the path from the creekbed. It looks like they are starting to close this off and put up the creekwall.

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And for those of you keeping track at home, here's an approximate estimate from what I could see of track and supports that they have done as of 2-10-12.

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For anyone who's interested, this local news report has a video of Skyrush construction and it shows many cool views of the ride.

 

Also, a worker talks about how Hershey and Intamin redesigned the restraints many times, but came to the final design of just a lapbar for the most freedom while riding! This is good news to anyone who is against the dreaded Intamin OTSR's.

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