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Transfer track

The mechanism for switching a train between the main and transfer track on Kumali at Flamingo Land.

A transfer track is a section of extra track used to store trains on a large roller coaster when they are not needed.

Purpose[edit]

A transfer track allows the coaster to operate at full capacity in high season, and at a lower capacity on quieter days thus reducing the number of empty seats being cycled. Because trains can be stored on it, the transfer track also provides a maintenance area (some roller coasters have a separate maintenance shed as well as a transfer track).

Types[edit]

Usually, a transfer track is accessed by a sliding piece of track. Some roller coasters have sections of track which rotate.

On very large roller coasters, such as Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters, a sliding piece of track moves with a train on it. Olympia Looping also employs this method.

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