Cutting the track with a flame cutter
The coloration of Typhoon doesn´t yet reflect the final
image. Track and supports won´t remain mouse-grey, this
rather is an undercoat. "We will paint ´just in time´
on the way to Belgium", Erwin Haider adds. Slowly but
steadily the track took shape: At first the sole was laid and
underpinned using wooden blocks. Then the supports were placed on
the even steel strucure, transverse joints installed and finally
the track segments attached.
The 640 meters of Typhoon's track are divided into 81
sections which are assembled bit by bit. This makes the elements
transportable, in addition the used steel tubes are only available
in a length of 10 to 15 meters. Centering devices at the ends help
with the construction, four bolts are used to fix each transition.
That way the roller coaster can be dismantled without any
problems to be transported to Bobbejaanland. If a track
joint is finished, the transition is sanded to make it smooth.
Some mechanical components like brakes and drive propulsion
units have already been assembled to independent modules at the
factory and are now attached to the "system" roller
coaster using a couple of bolts. Especially at the construction
site at Bobbejaanland this is going to save time and to
optimize the installation process.