The white blocks attached to the bottom of the track are part of the Linear Induction Motor (LIM) system that propels the train forward twice and backward twice during each ride. The first launch gets the train to about 50 miles per hour. The second launch, which occurs when the train quickly travels backward through the station, brings the train up to 60 miles an hour. The third boost, which happens after the train drops off the back spike, gets the train reaching nearly 70 miles per hour. As the train passes backward through the station a second time, the LIMs give a little extra nudge to the train to get it up to 72 miles per hour.
LIMs require a lot of energy. A dedicated 34,000-volt power line running from the mainland is required to provide electricity to this ride!
©2018 by Joel A. Rogers.