The Parkz Update: S-bend adds element of speed to Movie World hypercoaster
Track continues to go up at a steady pace on Movie World's roller coaster. Today's addition is an sweeping S-bend that will showcase the unreal speed of Australia's first hypercoaster.
Image: Parkz. The low-flying S-bend will showcase the unreal speed of the roller coaster.
Following on from two soaring elements – the Stengel Dive and the inclined dive loop – the hypercoaster uses the next section of track to emphasise speed with a smoothly banked S-bend that ducks and weaves around the existing track.
The inclined dive loop is completed; a ground-hugging turn will connect it with the next element on the roller coaster.
The steep, swooping drop looks like a lot of fun, and no one can say that this isn't a seriously cool colour scheme for a roller coaster.
Remember kids, the locating pins on the end of the track point in the direction of travel.
The next section being lifted into place. If you look closely this is actually two sections of track already bolted together. To facilitate shipping, some of the more twisted sections of track are shorter in length.
While a roller coaster is a complicated piece of engineering, the track comes together relatively quickly in a straightforward manner thanks to impeccably engineered track that bolts into place perfectly. It's like a giant IKEA kit.
The S-bend isn't very high, and the gentle crest and steep banking suggests that the train will rocket through here at great speed.
We're also seeing the first signs of headchopper effects. The S-bend will duck under the inclined dive loop (out of frame to the left in this photo) and then over the Stengel Dive.
By late this afternoon the twisting S-bend was complete, with track leading into and out of the element sitting awaiting installation.
Stairs that will be situated alongside the ride's colossal lift hill. The curved section at the left will be located at the highest point of the ride's lift hill.
These thick columns will all be bolted together to create some of the larger supports for the ride. These three columns together will total no more than 30 metres – still only around half of the ride's total height.
While the roller coaster is still months away from completion, work has finished on Drainage Ditch: The Ride.
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