Diamondback - Rattling Sound On First Drop?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:04 AM
obxKevin's avatar

The Hulk is the one and only B&M that has made my stomach do flip-flops. Bothered my partner too. Dragons, now... :)

Speaking of Dragons, which dragon did Fire morph into?

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:25 AM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar

I would imagine it will be the 'Chinese Fireball'. Ice will probably be the 'Hungarian Horntail'.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 10:21 AM

I have to imagine that the sound is indeed what others are saying, the airtime causes the train to ride on its under side wheels and then the noise is a combination of the train coming back to rest on its main wheels and the rollback dogs and chains dogs coming back to rest.

Talon makes a similar clicking noise when it is running slowly and starts to travel on its under-set of wheels through some parts of its course.

I don't know what it is about B&M sitdowns and hypers and vibrations though. It certainly seems like a maintenance issue. Nitro has had a very annoying vibration to it and so did diamondback when I road it (although not as severe).

The B&Ms like Kumba and Hulk had weird traits to them when I went down to flordia. On the first trip Kumba was glass smooth and hulk was extremely bumpy. The second trip a few years later it was exactly the opposite. Hulk was running flawless and Kumba wasn't feeling so great.

So not sure if the B&M trains just need extra love and attention or what the deal is with the extra vibrations they sometimes produce.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:17 PM
Jeff's avatar

Ugh... the wheels don't come off the track. Unless maintenance is pulling them off to replace them.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 7:45 PM

Thank you Jeff. It's the anti rollbacks clanging down at the bottom, Intimidator at Carowinds does it too without the shuffling.


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