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Texas Giant is first wood coaster to be converted to steel

Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:59 pm

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If anyone follows American coaster news you'll know that one of the biggest woodies in the world, the Texas Giant at SF Over Texas, is currently under a major rehab in time for the parks 50th celebrations. Most people presumed it'd just be retracking to make it smoother, new trains and a better station.

Apparently the entire track is being converted to a completely new all-steel style of tracking system. In addition, the drop will be 10ft taller, steeper, and some of the turns will be replaced with 95° (that's more than vertical). :shock:

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During a press introduction Wednesday, the Arlington, Texas park, debuted the newest in track design for the traditional wooden coaster with the unveiling of Iron Horse Coaster track. The steel I-beam design is the result of three years of engineering. The Chinchillian Red painted track is not bent, but is cut, then welded together in 40 to 53-foot lengths before being bolted to the Texas Giant's wooden support structure. The new track design does not use any wood on the track bed, nor does it use any track bolts. A newly engineered galvanized ledger design, that the Iron Horse Coaster track bolts to, acts as the spine/backbone for the steel railed track. Weight of the new track is said to be about the same as the former 9-ply wooden track complete with steel track and track bolts.

The park also announced that when the new Texas Giant opens in spring 2011, it will stand 153 feet tall, 10 feet taller than it is now, feature a 79-degree first drop and will incorporate numerous 95-degree banked turns throughout the ride. The coaster will also be faster, reaching speeds of 65 mph.

"This ride is going to take the entire industry by storm," said Steve Martindale, Six Flags Over Texas park president. "Six Flags has built a reputation for developing original ride concepts and the Texas Giant will be our crowing jewel." Construction of the super hybrid coaster will be done by Rocky Mountain Construction Group of Hayden, Idaho.

Other details about the Texas Giant's renovation have yet to be to be announced.


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Re: Texas Giant is first wood coaster to be converted to steel

Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:28 pm

How bizarre!

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The Chinchillian Red painted track is not bent, but is cut, then welded together in 40 to 53-foot lengths before being bolted to the Texas Giant's wooden support structure.

^I must be missing something here - what do they mean by 'not bent'? It can't can't be straight as that would make hills and corners impossible!

I'm guessing the steeper drop is what's allowing them the space for the extra height, as they can't increase the lift hill steepness due to the layout. The overbanked turns sound like a design nightmare, I wouldn't want to be the person who has to work out how to build the supports for them, as a lot of the turns are pretty high up.

It all seems an incredibly brave move. It would be pretty ambitious as a new build but retro fitting it to such a large ride is bordering on bonkers
 
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Re: Texas Giant is first wood coaster to be converted to steel

Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:53 pm

"John""][quote=""Amusement Today" wrote:
The Duckman is not bent, but is cut (as per Jewish tradition), then welded together in 40 to 53-foot lengths before being bolted to the Texas Giant's wood.

^I must be missing something here - what do they mean by 'not bent'? It can't can't be straight as that would make certain TTF rumours impossible![/quote]
 
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Re: Texas Giant is first wood coaster to be converted to steel

Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:48 pm

I really want to ride this!
 
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Re: Texas Giant is first wood coaster to be converted to steel

Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:44 pm

^I must be missing something here - what do they mean by 'not bent'? It can't can't be straight as that would make hills and corners impossible


It doesn't refer to the shape of the track its self, it means the manufacturing process.

Tubular steel coasters are made using bending rollers to bend the tubular track into large sweeping curves. As the track in this case is of I-beam construction, the different parts of the track can be cut from flat sheet then welded together. Strictly speaking, there will still be bending rollers used to curve individual sheets into shape but the point is that the fundamental manufacturing technique is different
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Re: Texas Giant is first wood coaster to be converted to steel

Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:53 am

This sound impressive but why? i don't see why they don't just build another coaster from scratch. It will be cheaper and can be designed around the track type. Then the park will not just have their "Jewel" in their crown but an amazing woody as well thats been the center piece of their park for years.

Makes no sense to pull down a classic to build another when you can have 2 classics on the park. :?
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