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But can you really chalk up Arrow and Morgan rides' roughness to the wheel bogies, or just poor engineering in terms of the track profile (crappy transitions, not heartlined, etc.)? I know on most Arrow rides if you look at the wheels there's typically a pretty big gap between the side and upstop wheels and the track due to poor tolerances (even to the point of them still spinning after the train stops in the station), which of course translates to a rough ride. B&M and other modern coaster manufacturers use spring-loaded wheels to stay in contact with the track at all times, in addition to using sophisticated software and analysis to heartline their tracks.

 

I think if properly engineered, wheel bogies on the inside don't necessarily translate to a rougher ride. Of course Rocky Mountain seems to have a lot of experience in building coasters and none in designing them so it's still somewhat of a gamble I suppose.

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Robb or Elissa... will TPR be doing another Texas trip anytime soon to ride this?

 

ACE CoasterCon is at SFOT next year.

SFOT is well-known for their hospitality and killer surprises during an enthusiast event (they had intended to let folks at this year's Lone Star Coasterthon climb the lift hill on the Giant, but weather didn't allow it).

The last CoasterCon at SFOT was in 1990, the year that Giant was born. One of my favorite memories is during ERT one night on Runaway Mine Train, they turned off ALL the lights in that corner of the park and ran it in total darkness. That little ride is freaking INSANE if you can't see those turns coming.

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i think they hit a home run with these trains, I think, however, that it would be totally crazy if they added a mechanism to roll the "windows" down when the train left the station and then roll them back up when it hit the brake run, but then, for sure, someone would claim they got hurt when the windows rolled up....

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Wow, these trains look great, especially since I was expecting something like what was on Twisted Twins with horns. The new Texas Giant is shaping up to be a great coaster, and it wouldn't surprise me if it ends up being ranked as one of the best in the country. Every update shows this coaster getting better and better, and hopefully if the new track system works, we will see other parks do something similar in the not to distant future.

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Love the design of the trains. Especially if it does in fact have working headlamps and tail lights. Not real pleased with the colors other than the red. Hopefully it will be candy apple with glitter fleck.

 

I'm wondering how the end car will look. Perhaps we will see fins. A man can only hope.

 

Well, sadly, it looks like I will have to spend at least a day in Texas next year. I feel the dry heaves already. Except when I am riding of course. I hope.

 

Guy "Every thing about this project is looking better and better. Now if we could just get them to move the whole thing out of the state." Koepp

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I personally think the reach shields look almost un-noticable.

 

Wait a second - is that stadium seating I see? That will be really cool. It will give more airtime over the hills, too, because of the taller heartline in the back.

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Robb or Elissa... will TPR be doing another Texas trip anytime soon to ride this?

 

ACE CoasterCon is at SFOT next year.

SFOT is well-known for their hospitality and killer surprises during an enthusiast event (they had intended to let folks at this year's Lone Star Coasterthon climb the lift hill on the Giant, but weather didn't allow it).

The last CoasterCon at SFOT was in 1990, the year that Giant was born. One of my favorite memories is during ERT one night on Runaway Mine Train, they turned off ALL the lights in that corner of the park and ran it in total darkness. That little ride is freaking INSANE if you can't see those turns coming.

 

To be fair, David asked if TPR was doing a trip there. Pretty sure he'd enjoy a TPR Trip there about 10048395 times better than an ACE Event.

 

And yes David, we will certainly be doing another short Texas Trip in the future. Most likely not next summer, but you never know! We could end up doing a 'Bay Area Bash' type short trip if the ride ends up being as awesome as it looks!

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I've got to say that in my time perusing this board, I haven't seen many topics like this - where just about everyone is in agreement as to how awesome this thing is looking. I keep on waiting for some clunker to roll out of the PR machine around this ride, but it seems like every move and announcement they make is greeted with 100% positivity. Cool.

 

Thanks for the picture of that steel/wood coaster, that's interesting. I guess this whole concept really proves how you have to continually create and "think outside the box" to truly innovate....while I know this is costly, if it all turns out the right way I'm certain that the experience gained on this project will be put to good use in other parks with aging coasters.

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Robb or Elissa... will TPR be doing another Texas trip anytime soon to ride this?

 

ACE CoasterCon is at SFOT next year.

SFOT is well-known for their hospitality and killer surprises during an enthusiast event (they had intended to let folks at this year's Lone Star Coasterthon climb the lift hill on the Giant, but weather didn't allow it).

The last CoasterCon at SFOT was in 1990, the year that Giant was born. One of my favorite memories is during ERT one night on Runaway Mine Train, they turned off ALL the lights in that corner of the park and ran it in total darkness. That little ride is freaking INSANE if you can't see those turns coming.

 

To be fair, David asked if TPR was doing a trip there. Pretty sure he'd enjoy a TPR Trip there about 10048395 times better than an ACE Event.

 

And yes David, we will certainly be doing another short Texas Trip in the future. Most likely not next summer, but you never know! We could end up doing a 'Bay Area Bash' type short trip if the ride ends up being as awesome as it looks!

 

Yes! More party bus style trips . Thats all a poor college kid can currently afford.

 

As for the ride, I can't wait to be there when it opens. It looks insane. The cars look very Intaminish which I like...t-bars and stadium seating . The back row is going to be insane!

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And yes David, we will certainly be doing another short Texas Trip in the future. Most likely not next summer, but you never know! We could end up doing a 'Bay Area Bash' type short trip if the ride ends up being as awesome as it looks!

 

That sounds great! I'll keep my fingers crossed that this coaster turns out as good as it looks.

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Robb or Elissa... will TPR be doing another Texas trip anytime soon to ride this?

 

ACE CoasterCon is at SFOT next year.

SFOT is well-known for their hospitality and killer surprises during an enthusiast event (they had intended to let folks at this year's Lone Star Coasterthon climb the lift hill on the Giant, but weather didn't allow it).

The last CoasterCon at SFOT was in 1990, the year that Giant was born. One of my favorite memories is during ERT one night on Runaway Mine Train, they turned off ALL the lights in that corner of the park and ran it in total darkness. That little ride is freaking INSANE if you can't see those turns coming.

 

To be fair, David asked if TPR was doing a trip there. Pretty sure he'd enjoy a TPR Trip there about 10048395 times better than an ACE Event.

 

And yes David, we will certainly be doing another short Texas Trip in the future. Most likely not next summer, but you never know! We could end up doing a 'Bay Area Bash' type short trip if the ride ends up being as awesome as it looks!

 

To be fair, I assumed that he would ask about a TPR trip because it might offer reduced costs, ERT, special treats or other fun stuff from the park, and the ability to enjoy the experience with other enthusiasts. Since TPR hadn't announced anything at SFOT and since y'all just did Texas this year, I figured that I'd clue him in on how to get what he's looking for next year. If the last CoasterCon at SFOT is any indication, next year's is going to be awesome.

Excuse me for trying to help.

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