Friday, November 5, 2010

Construction Update 11/5/10

It was a cold week in Green Bay but at the Zippin Pippin Roller Coaster construction site the action was hot!

The lift hill structure started going up this week (it is visible on the left side of the picture below), it appears to be about 70% complete.

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This is the view looking straight up the lift hill.
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The downhill after turn 3 shares the same structure as the lift hill, it is now complete and the next uphill has started, as the coaster goes back up in this area a walkway will be created for the entrance and exit to the ride.

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The break in the footings in this area is where you will walk under the lift hill to enter the ride.

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As you enter and head towards the loading platform you will have a great view of the interior structure of turn 3, it will look something like this.

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After your ride you will exit down a ramp running right along the brake run leading into the transfer area.

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The lift motor is now becoming surrounding by the structure for the lift hill.

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A look at the track that has been laid around the first drop is showing five board layers making up the track.

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As the track continues to get built up on the first drop you can almost imagine the coaster screaming down this first drop towards the camera.

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The foundation work has extended well into zone 3 the out and back part of the roller coaster.

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The tarps seen in the photo above were used while the concrete was curing to keep it warm due to the cold weather this week in Green Bay.

This break in the foundation in this area is for a possible future rerouting of the current Bay Beach train to run underneath the Zippin Pippin.

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The earth moving is now revealing the out and back turn, these two lanes will lead to the furthest turn on the roller coaster.

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One of the workings putting up forms in zone 3 said they anticipate about two more weeks and all of the foundation work will be complete.

I can no longer get the entire structure in a shot looking north, from out in Zone 3 looking East I can still easily get a view of all of the action.

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The complicated footings and structure around turn 2 will join the lift hill on the right to the first drop on the left.

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This view of the plans shows all of the highlighted sections where the structure has been erected.  If you look at the high resolution view of this picture (click on it to see it) you can see the dates where each section has been put up is noted in red pen.

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