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Article from today's West Australian.

 

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/19395857/edge-of-abyss-for-thrill-of-a-ride/

 

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German service technician Martin Daxle makes the final checks on Adventureworld's new roller coaster. Picture: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian

A ride on the Abyss will challenge the bravest of thrillseekers.

Adventure World gave the roller-coaster a test run this week ahead of its official opening on November 1.

 

The cart was surrounded by darkness as it began to wind up and down and around corners.

 

 

Riders spent much of the journey upside down, with countless twists and turns around the track.

 

Anticipation built on the 30m climb to the roller-coaster's peak as the vertical incline left riders feeling as though they would fall out of their seats.

 

The inverted track on the drop that followed set the exhilarating pace for the rest of the ride, which sent the coaster on a series of bends and loops.

 

For Gerstlauer service technician Martin Daxle, the experience made all his hard work worth it. "I have worked on roller-coasters for the past 26 years and I love my job," he said.

 

Mr Daxle and his team have worked on the Abyss seven days a week for seven weeks.

 

Adventure World chief executive Mark Shaw was one of the first to ride the Abyss.

 

He felt scared but not of the ride itself. "My only fear was whether it was going to live up to expectations, and it did," he said.

 

Mr Shaw said once the finishing touches were completed, the track would be encased in complete blackness for the first part of the ride, adding to the thrill.

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Lovely looking coaster, just watching the testing vids I can just FEEL the extreme ejector air!

 

Looks like it'll be a great addition to Adventure World, nice to see lesser known parks getting put on the map. I am however a bit worried about this Eurofighter having OTSRs, as I hear that most Eurofighters that have them get brutal, fast.

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^^ I know there are plenty of coasters that can be brutal with OTSR's, but in my experience the Eurofighters don't seem to be one of them.

I quickly looked back at a handful that I could recall, and all but one did have OTSR's; yet in my experience they all rode without the slightest knock.

 

Dare Devil Dive at SFOG was the last one I rode without OTSR's, but I wouldn't have even remembered without checking. Saw at Thorpe; Untamed at Canobie Lake; 'Eurofighter' at Fasanolandia; Mystery Mine at Dollywood; all had OSTR's of various designs but were completely bash-free rides IMO.

 

^^^^ Thanks for the video deano, and I agree Abyss seems to run extremely quiet!! I've heard of steel tracks being filled with sand to avoid reverb noise upsetting local residents, and wonder if that technique was done for Abyss - considering Perth people tend to quickly complain to the local council about loud noise from anything!

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^Saw did have one kink at the bottom of the drop when I rode it a few weeks back, but like you I didn't find it nearly as bad as most people make it out to be on here.

 

Also, I think Eurofighters are just generally quiet installations. Not sure that they fill their supports or track with sand, though - maybe it's just the lightness of the cars.

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I remember hearing Saw doing an empty run once when I was at Thorpe Park after it broke down and it was completely silent as well. I think it's a new Eurofighter thing since Speed No Limits has a very loud roar to it.

 

Wether it was planned to have this effect or not, I think the silentness is eerie - it means that the only sound heard while the ride is running will be the screams of the riders. Enhances the ghostly theme much more than a loud roar would IMO.

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It's looking good. I rather like Eurofighters, myself, and it's been awhile since they've built a big new coaster in Australia.

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has anyone else noticed it has the same layout of saw the ride ?

The elements - and their order - are the same, but the layout is different.

 

Sorry, I am quite young and new in this forum but doesn't the Same elements in the same order with more or less the same hight mean that the two coasters are identical ?

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^ Not when the placement of the elements is different.

The Abyss has all the outdoor elements on the right side of the lift, while Saw's immelman exits on the left side of the lift. The rest of Saw's layout is behind the lift.

That's not identical.

 

Two standard Vekoma Boomerangs, those are identical. Same elements, same order, same placement.

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