The cable broke on TTD Saturday 8/14 early on, at about 10:30AM. My group was 3 rides from getting on front row when I looked out just as a train was launching, and I see cable flying out of the track down the lauching strip and the train stopping halfway to the tower. My group knew right then that our chance of riding dragster was over- and that every other line would be 3 hours. The ride ops were whispering and we heard them say "cable broke". It took them 20-30 minutes for them to bring the trains back and let everyone out of the station. There were no shards of metal this time. They gave us a special access ticket and TTD freeway ticket. When we passed TTD during the day we saw workers laying new cable in, and we joked about it actually opening later. There were a few rumors about it running but it never did.
When we were leaving the park at about 10:15PM we pass Dragster and see the "Prestage" lights on and a train rolling up to be launched! Lots of people were watching...and there was a line up to the entrance of the ride. The lights went on and the train was off...It crests the tower and everybody cheers...They fixed a cable break in 12 hours.
I recall this happening about the same time last month...Is this becoming a monthly/routine problem? *** Edited 8/15/2004 3:18:12 PM UTC by nkcomp***
You know what I don't care if the cable breaks. If it breaks it breaks and its a good reason for it to break but I give the mechanics props for doing this in such a decent amount of time. (even though they have seem to do it quite often)
It looked like cable, but it might have been oil or something else because the back of the support and the pulleys that lead into the building were covered in black after it happened and they were powerwashing the road along the track...I'm not sure.
It's touch and go, Clint.....I am HOPING for your first Dragstergasm my friend! I will be sending positive thoughts your way!
Just remember there are a ton of other 'gasms to enjoy in the park.....MF, Magnum, Raptor, Cedar Downs, Gemini, the Museum, the Midway, Wildcat, chili cheese fries, the Lake, the awesome view from the causeway.......there is a lot to take in for a first-timer! I know you will have fun. Just take in as much as you can, but don't rush it. :-)
*** Edited 8/16/2004 1:03:41 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
I wouldn't exactly call the museum visit a 'gasm but it's worth checking out, especially for newbies. Hell, I still love visiting and place and totally get lost in the history. I love it. I can never get tired of visiting it from time to time.
And it's a great, air-conditioned break from riding. ;-)