Griffon Down for Weekend

Was at BG most of the day today, Griffon was down and they had a sign outside the main park entrance and a sign at the ride entrance saying it would be down all day. We of course asked at the ride what was wrong and we got typcial park employee replies. But one did say it would be down at least Sunday as well. Anyone got any idea whats going on with it?

Danny Biggerstaff CoAsTeRDaN
New ride teething problems?

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

It's a Standard design Beemer. What teething problems have you ever heard about with a Beemer?

-Brent Kneebush

Yeah, but every new ride has a few glitches here 7 there. You could build two identical coasters. Well, they go to different places, built & operated by different people, and suffer different weather conditions. There are may reasons why two identical rides would be different.

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

The lift chain snapped.
If that's true, thank god no one was hurt. I mean, if the lift chain snapped while people were on it, it could have been really bad.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Not really. The chain would have slid to the bottom of the hill within its trough, and the train would have been caught by the anti-rollbacks, with the passengers evacuated on the cable car that runs alongside the lift.
Yeah, just ask Jeff about his incident on Superman Ride of Steel.

He hasn't told the story quite enough. :)


My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.

Jeff's avatar
I was on Superman at SFA when the chain broke. Have I ever told that story?

Chains break all of the time. It's not a big deal in terms of safety.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

Huh...interesting. My biggest (or one of my biggest) problems as an enthusiast is I still don't know much about the mechanisms that create a coaster. I always thought the whole anti-rollback thing was part of the CHAIN...

Jeff, I haven't heard your story. :) What happened? How long were you stuck?

Does getting a new chain sometimes lead to other problems? I have noticed that since Steel Force got a new chain, it gets stuck very frequently on the lift hill. Could just be coincidence, but I don't remember Steel Force getting stuck very frequently at ALL before the new chain.


"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

I hope its open when i go in 2 weeks, its a long way to go and not beable to ride it!
Mamoosh's avatar
^^Its a coincidence, Bunky.
Break the lift chain, not a problem.

Break the lift cable on a 300 foot Intamin and it tears itself to pieces.


-Brent Kneebush

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