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Wonder if GCII needs any *more* help? ;)
P.S. Since this has come up a few times...Gwazi is indeed *open* 12 months a year. But in calculating the age/wear-and-tear, it IS important to note that Lion and Tiger get ALOT of "rest breaks", where one is working while the other one takes a snooze. I'd say they really run *almost* twice as much as your ordinary wooden coaster...but not near the 3x that is often stated for year-round rides (say, Ghostie for instance).
*** Edited 2/7/2007 3:13:25 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***
But the operations policy per Busch is rider sits, seatbelts checked (slowly), then the train ops have to somehow get the attention of the board ops to release the lapbars...after those are checked, THEN the train can be released. once it returns to the station, all riders must exit BEFORE the gates open for the next train. Is that a slower way of doing things than at most places? ;)
The load/unload procedure is so ludicrous, it's really comical.
Jason Hammond said:
After Talking to the guys at GCI they would love to change out the remainding PTC's for MF's. They are doing it to the Hershey Wildcat this year.
Perhaps if things go well with Wildcat's new trains & ridership improves that may be enough to convince SFI to make the switch?
It worked on the Premier launchers when paramount led the charge in 01 with SFI following suit the following year.
Seems short to me, since most trains are refurbed SO completely every year, but I'd take GCII's guess over mine *every* time... ;)
Given our guesstimate of "double usage" for Gwazi, that means the trains are at *about* year 14...near the end of their life-cycle under any circumstances. I believe the one Tiger train was even wearing Depends...it was shaking pretty bad, and even said something about "getting off the lawn"... ;)
I had no idea that there was an expected life span for PTC rolling stock. It seems to me that a lot of PTC trains can last a lot longer than 10-15 years if properly maintained. Don't Thunderhawk's trains date back to the early 80's? The Phoenix has car bodies that are 20 years old but the chassi date back to when the ride was built in 1947. But maybe twisters are harder on trains than less convoluted out-and-backs?
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P.S. Do we know that SheiKra isn't "retrofitting" the existing trains? Seems more likely, cost/benefit wise...
Then again, cost/benefit wise, I still say the wrong coaster is getting new trains...
Referencing another active topic, do the "new" trains on SheiKra make it a ride to count twice?
rollergator said:Is that a slower way of doing things than at most places?
Don't get me started on Deja Vu. For a ride with a single train, designing the seats in idiotic configurations then making the ops do two restraint checks when they can't see each other clearly is like just asking for nightmarish capacity.
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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
That means GCI would have to build SIX MF trains just for Gwazi if they put those trains on there. With the way business is going with them, they'll have to hire even more people if they want to do that. Either that, or get started on those six trains really early.
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