Riders are facing downward when on the first spike, but they face upward on this spike. A catch car, which rides on a second set of rails inside the tower, is visible just in front of the train's lead car. It is used to hoist the train up to the top of this spike. The catch car also has a mechanism that releases the train so it can pass through the ride's three loops while traveling backward.
©2012 Joel A. Rogers.