Learned something new today: The top two layers of track on our wooden coasters are collectively referred to as The Lip.
As a result, the term Lip Service takes on a whole new meaning around here.
Why? Because the top two layers – the lip – is where the artistry takes place.
Retracking a wooden coaster is not simply a matter of measure, cut, hammer. It takes skilled carpentry work.
It takes an artistic eye
On stage, you need lighting, sound, staging.
For a wooden roller coaster, you need incredible designers and a crew of highly skilled technicians.
Let’s take an even closer look:
Once our crew cuts the wood for the lip, they secure it in place.
The next step is a layer of steel.
Let’s back up a week or so, so we can show you some of the earlier layers going in (remember, it takes eight layers of wood on our coaster tracks).
This next photo shows a fantastic achievement
Where are we? Inside the Voyage tunnel that’s underneath the pedestrian bridge into the Thanksgiving section of Holiday World.
This spot is where the track of The Voyage became a circuit again. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel, if you will, that the 720 feet of track replacement is making tremendous progress.
Our crew is sure to offset each layer from the previous one.
Remember, not all the track is flat. The Voyage has some extreme banking, including three stretches of 90-degree banked turns.
That ain’t no game of peekaboo – the coaster techs are checking their work. Thanks to them, your Voyage ride will be smoother this season.
And who’s on this crew? Here they are, a combination of Holiday World’s team plus a handful of local contractors.
Following tradition, the crew members each received a hard-hat sticker to commemorate their role in our Relentless Return Retracked project.
The Voyage – and the rest of Holiday World – will open for the season on May 4 – that’s just 50 days away.
Can’t wait that long? Take this 360-ride:
We hope you’ll join us in person this season to ride this amazing work of art!
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