21.9.09

THE JOYS OF SCRATCHBUILDING. Some years ago, I acquired the components for a working model of a Gresley Streak honorably preserved in Green Bay: Martin Finney locomotive and tender kits, Alan G. Harris wheels and motor, custom name and number plates. State of the art stuff for the late 1990s. Now comes Sunset Models offering a ready-to-run, DCC-ready model of the same locomotive, and for a comparable price.

At one time, I was also playing with a Disney program called "Coaster" that offered a number of standard design elements (think snap-track on a computer). I got as close as I could to something resembling the famous Crystal Beach Cyclone. Some of the elements couldn't be replicated well, and the virtual review panel that the game provided to evaluate the coaster didn't like it very much.

Now comes a company called No Limits Coaster that has created a believable simulation of the Cyclone. There are a number of uploads of the ride. Here's one with suitable background music.



Crystal Beach Cyclone simulation on You Tube.

Watch the track change banking from right-handed to left-handed as the train crosses under the approach to the station. It was on that section that many riders suffered broken ribs, as their rib-cages came into contact with the elbows of a seat-mate hanging on for dear life.

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