Saturday, January 29, 2011

Construction Update 1/28/2011

We are now less than 100 days away from the planned opening of the Zippin Pippin Roller Coaster at Bay Beach Amusement park in Green Bay Wisconsin!

This week there was more activity surrounding the lift hill, more steel added to the track in zones 1 and 2, more wood track laid in zone 3, and the lift chain and brakes are now visible on site waiting to be installed. The latest pictures and details are below.

Let's start at the beginning of the ride, all of the decking is on the loading platform.

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Steel is now at the beginning of the track and through turn 1

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From Zippin Pippin Construction

The steel track continues up the lift hill where the anti-rollback ratchet bars have been added along the lift chain tray.

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From Zippin Pippin Construction

The steel work has now continued into turn 2 at the top of the lift hill

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From Zippin Pippin Construction

The steel has not made it around turn 2 to start down the lift hill yet, we will probably see that next week. Standing in the center of the track at the bottom of the lift hill the view looks like this.

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Work continues on the wooden portion of the track on the out and back section of the coaster as shown in the picture below. Note the propane tank in the background, these tanks are used to power torches to melt ice off the track when it interferes with work.

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The last part of the out and back is just starting to get wooden track laid.

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On this section you can see workers were cutting small beams that joint the track together between the main structural bents, in the picture below you can see these just cut pieces laying on top of the walkways.

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These will eventually be installed under the wooden track as seen in the section of track in the picture below.

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I also noticed this week that the lift chain and pallets are on-site, hopefully ready to installed soon.

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One final note, the trains have wheels that ride under the track to ensure they can't jump the track. Any locations in the track where the cars are expected to have the lower wheels contact the underside of the track have a steel strip running underneath the track. This is known as up-stop steel. You can easily see the areas with up-stop steel because the ends of the bolts and the locknuts that hold it in place are visible on the top of the track as seen in the picture below.

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