Son of Beast

Kings Island: What are they doing?

From Jake Countiss
Posted June 21, 2007 at 10:20 PM
Why is Cedar Fair putting the trains from the Huricane on Son of Beast. They are not padded and the Huricane feels like a car crash because it is so rough. Putting those tains on SOB will make probably make it worse.

Second is that a ride that tall should not use a wooden structure because the structure will continue to crack because of all the pressure on it. The ride should have had a wooden track with a steel structure.

Last is why did they take out the loop? It was the smoothest part of the ride.

From Derek Potter
Posted June 22, 2007 at 8:12 PM
The main issue wasn't the structure, it was the force of the heavier trains on the structure. I've stood right next to the first helix and seen just how much force the old trains put on the ride. Watching a 150 foot structure sway back and forth like a tree branch after a train went by still is an amazing sight to me. They were necessary because of the loop.

The new trains are smaller and lighter, and won't tax the track and structure as much. It will also reduce (hopefully) some of the roughness. I still wanted to see GCI trains, but I suppose that won't be happening.

By the way, the ride is now testing with water dummies.

From Logan Decker
Posted June 23, 2007 at 7:47 PM
Do you think it will open up again sometime this season?

From HSM Freak
Posted June 23, 2007 at 12:27 PM
As you know, the accident that happened because of the loop, I went there the other day (Kings Island) and I went up on the Eiffel Tower, and looked for the SOB. They have replaced most of the damaged parts of the coaster, and the put in fresh new wood where the loop used to be! LOL It doesn't fit in, that's what's funny!

From Derek Potter
Posted June 25, 2007 at 6:17 AM
What is probably happening is that they are testing the ride as if it was a new one. How many tests they have to do is up to the state inspectors. Water dummy testing is done to add weight to the cars to break the trains in. Then they will bring the crash test dummies in. We will probably see it open here in the next few weeks...barring any setback.

From Ashley Gibbons
Posted August 13, 2007 at 2:31 PM
I Know that it is late in the conversations but what do you mean the accident that happened with the SOB.

From Jake Countiss
Posted August 14, 2007 at 10:42 AM
The acident happened in 2006 when some of the wood beams cracked under extreme pressure causing a lot of people to have to go to the hospital.

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