Where'd you pull Hakugei's price tag from? would like to see that
I think that was the big draw of the Raptor Track, since it's much smaller than the TRex.I mean, the big draw for single rail is it lowers manufacturing cost? Wasn't that the big point when it was introduced?
I'm gonna call bull :emoji_poop: on those numbers without some evidence. I can't imagine a world where Hakugei is only 8 million less than Fury, even taking into account demolition costs and factoring in for added supports for earthquakes.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildfire_(Kolmården_Wildlife_Park) -lists conversion to USD-
hmmm, rcdb says 17 million vs 13 million. Maybe that's including all the theming/new area?
I can't remember where I heard about TRex being so expensive, but I'm 99% sure it was an interview video with Fred Grubb, might have been with Schilke.
As far as cost of IBox track, I've heard that a few places, one of them during a backstage tour of NTG. I remember the Six Flags guy commenting about how expensive it was. I think I've also heard that from another Six Flags guy high up in the chain during some event at Magic Mountain or some other park, I can't exactly remember.
Another interesting fact most people don't know, but some of you guys might: IBox track is lighter weight than standard wooden track, because it's so hollow. If it wasn't for that, I doubt they'd be able to do some of the stuff they're doing.
Another interesting fact: The Ghostrider conversion, they use a special hardwood from brazil. It's so hard they can't hit it in with nails, they have to use power tools. This is because Ghostrider is actually the longest operating modern wooden coaster by hours of use, due to the climate and Knott's being open pretty much year round. They only use this wood where it's needed. The pre lift and lift don't have it. For example: During the first major airtime hill, it's only on the underside and sides. During the valley's it's on the top side and sides. During the helix, it's only on the left side. If you watch a POV, you can see this at this special hardwood is a darker color. Maybe they should do this to more coasters in harsh climates, or offer it at the beginning? What if Gwazi had this treatment?