Bullet Question

Bullet Question

Post by Bria » Thu, 28 Feb 2002 05:35:16


Can someone explain to me how Bullet runs at Flamingo Land Theme Park? I've
never seen a Schwarzkopf like this one.

Thanks,
Brian

 
 
 

Bullet Question

Post by SeaWhipp » Thu, 28 Feb 2002 13:55:56

Quote:
>Can someone explain to me how Bullet runs at Flamingo Land Theme Park? I've
>never seen a Schwarzkopf like this one.

This one-of-a-kind shuttle loop uses a variation of Schwarzkopf's *** tire
friction drive system. Several of Schwarzkopf's other rides (Alpina Bahn,
Dreier Looping, Edmonton Mindbender, Olympia Looping, Thriller, etc.) also use
this space saving propulsion system.

This link (http://SportToday.org/)
provides an informative ride history, photos and diagrams.

Basically, fins mounted beneath the coaches pass rather snugly between
track-mounted tires. Drive shafts rotate the tires,  propelling the train
either forward or backward. In the Bullet's (aka Wiener Looping's) case, the
train is drawn out of the station backwards and up a steep track section. When
the drive is reversed, the train is swiftly propelled through the course. This
single burst of power was all that was required to send the train through the
station, a vertical loop, a banked turn and up a near-vertical spike.

When the coaster debuted in 1982 at the Prater in Vienna, (and later during a
brief showing at Florida's Circus World), it utilized  the original drive tires
only in the station and on the first reverse point and simple-but-effective
individual lap bars. When it resurfaced on the German fair circuit as the
Shuttle Loop, it sported unnecessary over-the-shoulder restraints (thanks to
that unfortunate Edmonton Mindbender accident) along with an additional set of
drive tires on the opposite spike.

In its original incarnation, I found the Wiener Looping to be an enjoyable and
intense coaster.  After riding it both in Florida and Munich, I found that the
OTSRs had transformed it into a rather painful experience. Still, I  wish more
examples of this ingenious coaster had been produced.

SR

 
 
 

Bullet Question

Post by Chris Devida » Thu, 28 Feb 2002 14:02:34

Quote:

> Can someone explain to me how Bullet runs at Flamingo Land Theme Park? I've
> never seen a Schwarzkopf like this one.

It's because it's the only one ever made. :)

It was Schwarzkopfs' ingenious portable shuttle loop. Basically it's a
shuttle loop, but much more intense with some curves thrown in. It's
also tire driven off two large motors, with all the tires linked by
shafts and universal joints. It actually launches you backwards out of
the station part ways up the first spike, then back down through, around
the curve, and through the loop which encircles the station, into the
second spike, where you are pulled up further, and launched back down to
do the entire thing in reverse. People often say it's one of the
roughest Anton creations that there has ever been, although most of it
is probably due to the drive system.

Hope it helped,

Chris Devidal


 
 
 

Bullet Question

Post by Bria » Thu, 28 Feb 2002 22:46:18

Yes..thank you.


Quote:


> > Can someone explain to me how Bullet runs at Flamingo Land Theme Park?
I've
> > never seen a Schwarzkopf like this one.

> It's because it's the only one ever made. :)

> It was Schwarzkopfs' ingenious portable shuttle loop. Basically it's a
> shuttle loop, but much more intense with some curves thrown in. It's
> also tire driven off two large motors, with all the tires linked by
> shafts and universal joints. It actually launches you backwards out of
> the station part ways up the first spike, then back down through, around
> the curve, and through the loop which encircles the station, into the
> second spike, where you are pulled up further, and launched back down to
> do the entire thing in reverse. People often say it's one of the
> roughest Anton creations that there has ever been, although most of it
> is probably due to the drive system.

> Hope it helped,

> Chris Devidal