Redefining Roller Coaster Types for the Modern Era

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  1. gustav says:

    What holds the track up off the ground means nothing. You can build the supports out of marshmallows for all I care. A wood coaster has a wood track. A steel coaster has metal tube track. A Hybrid has metal track shaped like a wood coaster track. PERIOD.

  2. Zachary says:

    I think that their should still only be two classifications.Anything in the steel hybrid becomes a steel coaster, and anything in the wood hybrid becomes a wooden coaster.

  3. Tim K says:

    I think for the modern era we should go by two classifications: steel and poly. Forget all about track and structure and start looking at the wheels. Traditional wood coasters run on steel wheels, so what was wood would now be steel. What was steel would now be poly. Currently, the poly category consist of polymer (nylon) and polyurethane (to my knowledge) and would allow for technological advances. It would lump all RMC track types into poly, with the exception of Outlaw Run, which I believe is the only RMC currently running on steel wheels. The only foreseeable problem would be the recent inclusion of suspension systems in the trains. If parks start retrofitting traditional wood coasters with trains with cushy suspension systems that use steel wheels we may be right back to square one. In any case, I don’t think hybrid should be used to classify a coaster. It’s about as important as color! After all, one of the United States most beloved wood coasters, the Coney Island Cyclone, is technically a hybrid.

  4. Natty says:

    I think stone should count as a coaster type, the montaña suiza at monte igueldo park in spain being the only example.

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