Griffon Down for Weekend

Saturday, July 26, 2008 11:59 PM
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?
Sunday, July 27, 2008 7:11 AM
New ride teething problems?
Sunday, July 27, 2008 10:24 AM
It's a Standard design Beemer. What teething problems have you ever heard about with a Beemer?
Sunday, July 27, 2008 12:21 PM
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.
Sunday, July 27, 2008 1:38 PM
The lift chain snapped.
Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:13 PM
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.
Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:19 PM
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.
Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:24 PM
Yeah, just ask Jeff about his incident on Superman Ride of Steel.

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

Monday, July 28, 2008 10:02 AM
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.

Monday, July 28, 2008 1:02 PM
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.

Monday, July 28, 2008 2:03 PM
I hope its open when i go in 2 weeks, its a long way to go and not beable to ride it!
Monday, July 28, 2008 2:40 PM
^^Its a coincidence, Bunky.
Monday, July 28, 2008 5:38 PM
Break the lift chain, not a problem.

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


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