Wednesday, July 18, 2001 10:58 AM
Does MF ever get stuck on the lift because i know it has the cabel lift system, and people always say its really quite and doesnt sound like a normal coaster going up, so does that mean it doesnt have antiroll backs?
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 11:02 AM
It has anti-rollbacks, but like the other recent Intamin rides it has a wheel that drags on the track that creates a current that lifts the anti-rollbacks. Anti-rollbacks are one of the most replace parts on traditional systems because they drag all the way up the lift over and over again. This system increases their life span.
Few coasters ever get stuck. That's not an accurate term. They are stopped, but not stuck. Yes, Millennium Force is stopped on the lift every morning on purpose to test the anti-rollbacks. Sometimes, but rarely, it happens during the course of the day when the previous train hasn't cleared the final brake run before the next train crests the lift.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2001 11:03 AM
Thanks jeff, i was just wondering about that
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 12:17 PM
...And thanks to the back-up systems on the cable lift system, unless there is a catastrophic failure of the lifting cable or the catchwagon, there is no reason to ever need to evacuate the train on the lift. It should always be possible to get the train over the lift and back to the safety brake at the end of the ride, where the train can be easily unloaded.
In the event of a catastrophic lift failure, the train can be evacuated on the lift using the maintenance funicular. But that is pretty much the only situation that would require a lift evacuation.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 12:21 PM
Some of you CP guys are just too, too smart. ;)
The day that I spend more time analyzing the rides than screaming my head off like a moron is the day that I hope someone will kick my in the love sausage and tell me not to be a moron. - Jeff
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 12:35 PM
I have only seen it "stuck" once, when I was on it! :) It lasted about 20 minutes, and was due to a train "rolling an inch too far forward" creating a block violation....a simple problem, and a sign of the computers and safety systems doing their job. It was a great view up there and after a little while we got going again.