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P.. 420: Pirates of Speelunker Cave announced for 2022!

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Arrows, Vekomas, wooden coasters, and basically any coaster with wheels running on the inside of the rails (and some on the outside too) don't have their guide wheels touching at all times. I know the space between an Arrow car's guide wheels (assuming it's perfectly centered on the track) is 1/2 an inch on either side. I don't think that would pose too much of a problem with moving around and hitting the bolts, the track is a lot bigger than it looks in pictures. Even if the car does have that one inch of space it's not enough to run over one of the bolts.

 

Exempli gratia-

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^That point right there I think really settles this. Nobody could tell before that there was that much room between those bolts, but if there is than there's no reason to worry.

 

Those of us that have been to the site all summer have repeated ourselves quite a few times saying there is plenty of room. Even if you can't see it in photos, in person it's a lot different. People still wanted to continue the topic because they seem to think the people who have seen it in person somehow know less? Anyway, it's a closed issue now... I hope.

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October so far is the only month I haven't been to SFOT this year, and honestly, the idea that the wheels would somehow hit connecting plate bolts never entered my mind seeing the track up close.(Besides, millions of dollars in R&D, highly trained and experienced engineers and designers, all = they know what they are doing, and I, having none of the forementioned experienced place 100% trust in them) Not sure how these types of conversations even get started to be honest. The only thing thus far that has intrigued me as far as the track itself is to see up close and in person how they will close the gap between the transfer track and main track, and that's only because I will find it interesting. The layout still looks awesome and I hope to be there on media day. This ride is going to kick some serious booty.

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I'll gladly admit I was wrong about the bolt plates being a permanent addition on the rails, but in my defense, it's hard to judge the size and scale of the plates to the track in the photos because apparently the new rails are so much larger than the old rails, if the space between the plates are indeed larger than the running rails of the original ride (which of course means the new rails are huge).

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^That point right there I think really settles this. Nobody could tell before that there was that much room between those bolts, but if there is than there's no reason to worry.

 

Those of us that have been to the site all summer have repeated ourselves quite a few times saying there is plenty of room. Even if you can't see it in photos, in person it's a lot different. People still wanted to continue the topic because they seem to think the people who have seen it in person somehow know less? Anyway, it's a closed issue now... I hope.

 

Hey now, the few times I [briefly] looked at it up close in person I still thought it was a tight fit (at least in the turns where the wheel would be more likely to hit the plate)... But in retrospect I suppose it's probably a decent enough gap when compared to the total width of each rail (which of course means there's quite a bit of unused space on both sides of the running rail).

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I think people are a bit confused about wheel space, all coasters have it to a certain extent and it is NOT what MAKES wooden coasters or any coasters rough, but it can possibly add to it. for wooden coasters, it is the hand carving of all the turns that make turns shaky, and the fact that the wood itself bends inbetween the ledgers making it "jackhammer." This can lead to wearing down the metal wheels over time and make it vibrate slighltly, but the roughness comes mostly from the deterioration of that track, so that it bends in between the ledgers when the train rides over it (usually through a valley), and the natural roughness that isn't painful, which comes from the hand making. For a steel coaster, it is just the bad shaping of the track, or the wearing of the polyurethane wheels making it vibrate. So the new texas giant, whether it has slighly loose wheels or (most likely from the pics of the wheel systems) not. As far as i know, it should basically feel like a steel coaster! And the guy from rocky mountain const. said nothing about it still being rough. He said keeping it from deteriorating, which is what MAKES it rough and hard to keep. See how it all ties together?

 

Btw hi im new here, and this ride will be insane.

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The webcam looks to be showing track up in the big overbank turn at last! The ride is going to look finished by the time they open next week for Holiday in the Park! Anyone planning on being there? I'll be out of town for Thanksgiving and it's going to kill me waiting for another week to get over there and see what's done. I hope someone posts pictures next week!

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