I have noticed in my last couple of visits to BGW that the chain lift on Alpengeist has gotten noticeably louder. It sounds like an Arrow lift now! (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) Is it just age, wear and tear, or what? Will this eventually happen to Apollo's Chariot also?
I am just not used to it being so loud. It really got my attention last time and I couldn't help but wonder what was going on.
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It isn't the chain lift that makes the noise, it is the anti-rollbacks that clatter.
I am not a mechanical buff, but I always thought that B&M encorporated some sort of padding or buffer on their anti-rollback dogs that lie on the trains. They can wear thin, and grow louder. When there is little padding, the dogs hit the anti-rollback teeth and make that metal on metal clatter.
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Batman The Ride @ SFMM has always been pretty loud as well. In fact its hard to carry on a conversation if you happen to be sitting in the row near the dogs. Funny, tho...I don't recall Riddler being as loud.
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It sounds like an Arrow lift now? Maybe it's been replaced with the "missing" chain from Shockwave.
Apollo’s Chariot,boasts nine drops,totaling 825-feet!while approaching speeds of 75 mph and 26 seconds of air time.
I've noticed that B&M inverts tend to have louder lifts than all of their other kinds of coasters, although I don't really know why.
Well, take a look at where your head is. On inverteds, your head (and therefore ears) are maybe 2 ft from the anti-rollback dogs. Now on say, stand-ups, your head is more like 6 or 7 ft from the dogs, whixh could result in an seemingly louder lift.
Shaggy's explanation is the one I have heard before. I'm assuming that the ones that are loudest are the ones that haven't had the dogs replaced with new "padded" dogs. I've never seen what they look like, but I've always pictured a solid steel dog with some type of softer plastic covering to keep the noise down. On Raptor, different cars seem to produce different levels of noise. I am pretty sure B&M's have dogs on every car whereas a ride such as Magnum has dogs on only three of its six cars.
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Vampire (new from this year mirror BTR) lift is silent when you're not on the ride. On the ride, you only hear a gentle "ruuoooorrr" as the train goes up.
On the other hand... BTR at SFGAdv was 10 times louder. Probably the maintenance and perhaps! the generation of the ride?
The lift is the loudest part of Talon.
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