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^Technically not....maybe. I know a piece of Parrot Coaster never left the factory (it was sitting in the back corner of the factory after the entire coaster had already shipped; you can see the track in some angles on Bing Maps) and one day just disappeared.

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^Technically not....maybe. I know a piece of Parrot Coaster never left the factory (it was sitting in the back corner of the factory after the entire coaster had already shipped; you can see the track in some angles on Bing Maps) and one day just disappeared.

So used track then, yes?

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This is very interesting seeing what they are going to do. When the trains were in the scrap pile I wasn't surprised, I heard rumors of new trains. Now seeing track in the scrap pile I'm very interested in how extensive of a refurbishment this is.

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Most likely portions that were getting stress fatigue and/or needing to be welded consistently. RRV @ SFMM has numerous spots where track has been welded. This leads me to believe we should be seeing some shipments of track on their way from Claremont Steel.

 

Yes, that would be correct. Stress fatigue is the likely explanation. Track sections experience different types of stress depending on placement and design. Some are under constant stress that varies during the ride cycle. Other sections go from zero stress to load stress then back to zero after the train passes. This is why some sections wear out faster than others.

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I would imagine that the track is probably reaching its breaking point, Hulk is one of the older B&M coasters and has been run pretty much non-stop since orlando pretty much has no offseason. I can't think of many other rides that have as much mileage on them as Hulk probably does. The only ones that probably come close are Kumba, Montu, and maybe Riddler.

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The scope of this project gets bigger....

To be honest, I expected to be replacing the trains and fair amount of the track (if not all of it), so for me at least, the scope of the project is about on par with what I expected. Anyone who has ridden Hulk over the last couple of years knows that it's probably become the roughest B&M coaster this side of Iron Wolf. I'm personally very happy about all of this. I actually really like Hulk a lot, but I've found it just not a good ride the last couple of times I rode it to the point where I don't think I've even bothered to ride it for the last year or so I've been at the park. This refurbishment is a welcome change, IMO!

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So my roommate and I had been bantering over the past few days over how cool it would be to go to HHR. This has gradually turned into very tentatively planning it. We're grad students in Virginia, so if it were to happen it would involve driving the 12 hours down there on Saturday, doing HHR on Sunday (with the frequent scare pass...cheaper than the regular ticket), doing something (?) Monday, and driving back Tuesday. Now what I really need is people to tell me it's crazy and not to...but if it were to happen...anyone have any recommendations of really cheap hotels, tickets, things to do, etc?

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So my roommate and I had been bantering over the past few days over how cool it would be to go to HHR. This has gradually turned into very tentatively planning it. We're grad students in Virginia, so if it were to happen it would involve driving the 12 hours down there on Saturday, doing HHR on Sunday (with the frequent scare pass...cheaper than the regular ticket), doing something (?) Monday, and driving back Tuesday. Now what I really need is people to tell me it's crazy and not to...but if it were to happen...anyone have any recommendations of really cheap hotels, tickets, things to do, etc?

**HHN

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So my roommate and I had been bantering over the past few days over how cool it would be to go to HHR. This has gradually turned into very tentatively planning it. We're grad students in Virginia, so if it were to happen it would involve driving the 12 hours down there on Saturday, doing HHR on Sunday (with the frequent scare pass...cheaper than the regular ticket), doing something (?) Monday, and driving back Tuesday. Now what I really need is people to tell me it's crazy and not to...but if it were to happen...anyone have any recommendations of really cheap hotels, tickets, things to do, etc?

If you are driving, I would suggest hotwire.com. I sort by star ratings and get 4 star places near sea world for the price of a 2 star place closer to universal. You can't drive down fri? They have the rush of fear pass good for the first 3 weeks.

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Though the roller-coaster is not going away, and we've yet to see any B&M coaster be destroyed, are those the first ever used pieces of B&M track to hit the scrap pile?

 

What about astroworlds batman coaster? Wasn't it scrapped?

 

Intamin ride. Also IIRC it is sitting in a pile across the street from Darien Lake.

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Anyone who has ridden Hulk over the last couple of years knows that it's probably become the roughest B&M coaster this side of Iron Wolf. I'm personally very happy about all of this. I actually really like Hulk a lot, but I've found it just not a good ride the last couple of times I rode it to the point where I don't think I've even bothered to ride it for the last year or so I've been at the park. This refurbishment is a welcome change, IMO!

 

I totally have to agree with you. Not that I've been on Iron Wolf but I was not expecting the ride to be anywhere near that rough and after the years of hype I had heard it was quite disappointing for me. This work is about enough to make me want to go back to Universal to try it when it should hopefully be running amazing. I am sorry I had to make you ride it though

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The scope of this project gets bigger....

To be honest, I expected to be replacing the trains and fair amount of the track (if not all of it), so for me at least, the scope of the project is about on par with what I expected. Anyone who has ridden Hulk over the last couple of years knows that it's probably become the roughest B&M coaster this side of Iron Wolf. I'm personally very happy about all of this. I actually really like Hulk a lot, but I've found it just not a good ride the last couple of times I rode it to the point where I don't think I've even bothered to ride it for the last year or so I've been at the park. This refurbishment is a welcome change, IMO!

 

I agree. I'm glad USO putting TLC into the ride. A lot of aging B&Ms are going to need this treatment. IE: RRV @ SFMM.

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My question is have new Hulk track shown up at the B&M plant in Ohio? I'd assume to hit a summer opening the track would have to already been in the manufacturing process?

 

Or is it coming from somewhere else? I've heard the rumors of the Dubai Hulk track being used but don't know if I believe there ever was track for Dubai's Hulk.

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Im no expert on scrap metal prices but I'm sure the park will get some reasonable money for the track to help pay for this refurbishment.

 

Im surprised we haven't seen some psychotic fanboys holding a candle light vigil outside the scrap yard to commemorate the final resting place of this track.

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