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Project 2018: RMC Hurler

07/20/17 at 04:23pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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Today's work seems to be focusing on reinforcing Hurler's original lift hill support structure. That said, since our last update, Hurler's new lift has been topped off and we have some new RMC track peaking out from behind the coaster's station.

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07/20/17 at 04:59pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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There's quite a lot of space in between the top of the new lift hill and the wood remaining for the drop - I'm excited to see what elemen⊥(s) they include before the big drop.

Also, I began thinking today that no matter the theme they go, I'm really hoping the station gets a nice themed makeover that doesn't require billboard-like advertisements to cover old Paramount logos.
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07/20/17 at 08:57pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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KD posted an interesting image from the past a few weeks ago:
I don't appear to be able to hotlink it, click here
As well as me not remembering the short period Old Dominion Line was exposed to the park like that, they appear to be building Hurler. Note the station building has no walls. That would possibly be an improvement.
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07/20/17 at 09:39pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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I'm starting to doubt the ride will be announced on August 16. It seems that CGA and Knott's are booked that day.
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07/20/17 at 09:41pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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Later in the day they began adding wood structure to Hurlers back half.

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07/20/17 at 09:52pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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(07/20/17 04:23pm)Nicole Wrote:  Hurler's new lift has been topped off

I don't see where it is topped off. The track hasn't been installed all the way up the lift yet has it?
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07/20/17 at 09:56pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler (Latest Edit: Yesterday at 09:55am by RollyCoaster.)
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It has been topped off, you can tell by the ledgers and how they start developing a downward slope. The track is placed directly onto the ledgers.

Edit: I was regarding the structure not the actual track, sorry for the confusion!

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07/20/17 at 10:00pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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(07/20/17 09:56pm)RollyCoaster Wrote:  It has been topped off, you can tell by the ledgers and how they start developing a downward slope. The track is placed directly onto the ledgers.

In the second pic that Nicole posted, there is no track showing all the way up the lift. The ride is topped off when track is installed at the highest point of the ride (usually the peak of the lift). Maybe I'm missing it?
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07/20/17 at 10:05pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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Looks topped of to me, the ledgers aren't at an incline anymore. I think 8/16 is Cedar Fairs announcement day the same way that Six Flags does all of its announcements on the same day madmax.

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07/20/17 at 10:14pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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(07/20/17 10:05pm)Grant Wrote:  Looks topped of to me, the ledgers aren't at an incline anymore.


It's not about the ledgers being at an incline anymore.

Again, show me a pic where there is actual track at the crest of the lift that shows that it is literally topped off.
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07/20/17 at 10:21pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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(07/20/17 10:05pm)Grant Wrote:  Looks topped of to me, the ledgers aren't at an incline anymore. I think 8/16 is Cedar Fairs announcement day the same way that Six Flags does all of its announcements on the same day madmax.

Problem is CGA and KBF's announcements are at different times, not at once like Six Flags; I mean actual real life press announcements that get people excited, not a lame online one.
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07/20/17 at 10:42pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler (Latest Edit: 07/20/17 at 10:43pm by Zachary.)
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"Topped off" was a poor phrase to use without specifically saying that I was referring to the structure and not the track. My meaning was that the ride has, effectively reached its highest point.

On that note, my estimates are putting it around 110 feet judging by the support structure. Interestingly, if we assume the teaser below is in reference to the ride's height, 83 feet (Hurler's original height) plus 28 feet (number in the teaser), gives us 111 feet. Seems plausible in my mind.


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07/20/17 at 11:31pm in Project 2018: RMC Hurler
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I believe the same, Zach - Put me on the 111' ft. tall prediction bandwagon.
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Yesterday at 02:21am in Project 2018: RMC Hurler (Latest Edit: Yesterday at 10:32pm by Unagi.)
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(07/20/17 10:42pm)Zachary Wrote:  "Topped off" was a poor phrase to use without specifically saying that I was referring to the structure and not the track. My meaning was that the ride has, effectively reached its highest point.

Leave it to Zachary to redefine what a "topped off" coaster is! Tongue

Seriously though, the "topping off" of a coaster is used by industry personnel (companies and parks) when planning and scheduling the construction of a coaster and the target date when they want to install the highest piece of track.  It's often looked at as a milestone in the construction of the entire project.

Many parks will even make it a media event.

When BGW topped off Griffon in December 2006, it received quite a bit of press in the local and even national news.  

Quote:Busch Gardens Europe Tops Off New Dive Coaster

December 13, 2006

Williamsburg, VA — Construction crews building the world's tallest dive coaster at Busch Gardens Europe have topped off Griffon as the roller coaster reaches its 205-foot pinnacle.

"It's all downhill from here, literally," according Busch Gardens.

The ceremonial evergreen was placed on the highest point as construction workers installed the tallest piece of the steel coaster. Track pieces number eight and nine (out of 91) sit about 200 feet above the ground. It took two cranes to lift the 74-thousand pound piece into place and a pair of construction workers to tighten the bolts.

"Installing the highest piece of track is a significant achievement, and it's everything we've envisioned," said Larry Giles, the vice president of design and engineering for Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA. "It's a milestone. From blueprint to reality."

Construction workers also placed an evergreen tree at the coaster's highpoint to highlight the event. "Topping off" is a construction site tradition meant to celebrate the highest or least piece of construction. "The evergreen is part of an age old tradition, and it's a sense of pride for us," said Giles.

When Griffon opens next spring it will be the world's first floorless dive coaster. Beginning at 205-feet, the coaster starts with a 90-degree drop. Traveling at a top speed of 75 mph, riders will experience two Immelman loops, a second drop and a splash down in water.

Crews have been working on Griffon since July and the roller coaster is expected to be ready to open in late spring.
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