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B&M: On most of your coasters, I noticed that the connection between the track and the supports is not a straight weld to the flange piece, but the track/support flange piece is a completely separate component, and is connected by gusset plates and bolts; that appears to me to unnecessarily increase the component count of the ride and unnecessarily direct shear force to the bolts when they otherwise needn't have that force directed towards them. What advantage does this build style have over most other companies' designs where the track/support flange is directly welded to the track?

 

Yeah, I know what you're thinking, Robb. Nerdy even for us enthusiasts. But it's been bugging me for years.

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B&M- As you know one of your top competitors Intamin has successfully designed and built several Wooden Roller Coasters. Have you as a company ever considered developing your own take on the wood coaster?

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B&M: With the similarity of many of your coasters (especially more recent installations), are they typically made from a standard design modified to fit the park's needs or are they all custom designed from the ground up?

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B&M: One final question. The splashdown elements on your coasters (on the dive coasters and on diamonback) what led to that element being incorporated into your coasters? Did this idea come out of a park's request for such an element or out of your designers at some point?

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B&M:

I love Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge at Islands of Adventure, are you interested in making another dueling-coaster if a park wants one?

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