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Anonymous

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I was just wanting to know is a wooden coaster still a "wooden" coaster if it has steel supports or is it still considered wooden?
 

Hixee

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It's 'technically' a Hybrid coaster.

Steel track - Wooden supports (Gemini @ Cedar Point)
Wooden track - Steel supports (Voyage @ Holiday World)

They're both hybrids, although to be honest, I'd probably consider the track to define the coaster type. In that way, Gemini is steel and Voyage is wooden.
 

CPcisco

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Just thought of a problem that might arise if the Rocky Mountain Coaster Topper Track is ever put to use. That is steel box on top of about 2/3 of a regular wooden track. So therefore the running rails would actually be both wood and steel. I would think that it would be classified as a steel coaster due to both the road wheels and the upstops running on the steel portion of the track and only the guide wheels touching the wooden portion, but i don't know if that would be correct.
 

Hixee

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^Well it depends how you look at it. Like I (and UC) said above, you can either call it Hybrid because it has wooden supports and a steel track, or steel because the trains run on steel rails.

So yeah, it is Hybrid, but could fall under the category of steel too.
 

Ben

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I like to call it a steel hybrid, but, I don't know if anyone else does...

People talked about things like Voyage and Ravine Flyer II as wooden hybrids, so I figured the other way made sense as well.

Cause they're not *really* steel coasters, they are hybrids. It's just steel is the prominent element in the hybrid-ness in terms of ride experience, so I like to point that out.
 

Hixee

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^I guess that would be the most sensible naming system. It encompasses both aspects of the coaster. I'd never thought of it like that before, so today I've learnt something new!

:lol:
 

Ben

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Steel rails, yeah, but apart from that VERY thin strip of steel it's wooden.
 
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