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    Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    I know I've seen one before in here somewhere but I can't seem to find it. Could someone post a picture of the track that the Mark Twain riverboat and Columbia use? A coworker insists that they are not on any track at all and I need some photographic proof to put him in his place!

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    OK, nevermind, I found them and here's the link:

    http://www.disneygeek.net/progress/r...&image_count=5

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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    how does it hook on?
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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    Quote Originally Posted by audibleatom View Post
    how does it hook on?
    When on break the IASW kids swim down and hold it in place.
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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    How shallow is that anyway?
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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    Looks shallower than it is.
    It gets about 12 feet deep at the deepest point... around the Fantasmic! arena, trackswitch, and barge storage.

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    Wink Track, depth, etc.

    Actually, the Rivers of America depth changes very, very little. The trackswitch (entrance to Fowler's Harbor) is at the same depth as the rest of the track. This is necessary because the track guides can only move up and down about 18 inches.

    The big boats (Mark Twain, Columbia), ride on a set of wheels in a sliding steel cage that extends through the bottom near the bow and stern. One wheel rides the top of the track and supports the cage, other wheels ride the sides of the track and direct the boats.

    The guides are easiest to see on Mark Twain - there is one aft, between the steam engines, and another forward, near the front of the deckhouse. Look for the steel rings overhead, right above removable hatches. Those rings are used to lift the guides for servicing.

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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    So it's almost exactly like the monorails then? A wheel above and wheels on the sides gripping the beamway for steering.

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    Uh - kinda, sorta.

    The Monorail uses the center wheels to support the weight of the vehicles. The track guides only carry the weight of the guide on the top wheels. The boats do float, after all, so the boats are supported by water.

    The top guide wheel is there just to align the side wheels to the beam guide, by maintaining the guide cage at the right height.

    Oh, yeah - Magic Mirror - ask your co-worker just where are the rudders on the Mark Twain? And why doesn't the rudder on the Columbia ever move? Boats with no rudders don't run worth a damn.

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    Re: Track, depth, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by King of the Frogs View Post
    The big boats (Mark Twain, Columbia), ride on a set of wheels in a sliding steel cage that extends through the bottom near the bow and stern. One wheel rides the top of the track and supports the cage, other wheels ride the sides of the track and direct the boats.
    The Mark Twain and Columbia do not "ride" on the track. They float like real boats. The track is only there to steer the vessels.

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    Question Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    Gee, I thought I just said that -

    "The track guides only carry the weight of the guide on the top wheels. The boats do float, after all, so the boats are supported by water."

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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    As he mentioned in his next post.

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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    Quote Originally Posted by King of the Frogs View Post
    The Monorail uses the center wheels to support the weight of the vehicles. The track guides only carry the weight of the guide on the top wheels. The boats do float, after all, so the boats are supported by water.
    Makes sense. Do the Jungle Cruise launches work the same way?

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    Re: Need a pic of the track for Mark Twain's riverboat

    Almost, but they have a bit more freedom of movement on the track... and by that, I mean they have more "give" in depth and turning than big boats.

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