How is this lift used?

Saturday, February 16, 2002 8:39 AM
http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1054.htm?Picture=6 How does the train latch on too this and wheres the chain dog?
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 8:42 AM
Maybe its a small coaster or something...
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 8:47 AM
Considering there is a brakeman as seen in http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1054.htm?Picture=10

I would assume that there is a clamp that you can trigger that closes on the cable.  Much like the cable cars in San Francisco work.

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:13 AM
I believe cable tows and lifts work like this..

There is a bracket type device that is permanently attached to the cable. The train has a clamp on its underside and attaches to the bracket on the cable. The cable (bracket area) then moves up the hill. When the train reaches the top the clamp is released and the train moves forward. The cable (bracket area) is then backed down the hill underneath the train that is loading.

Rather then a continues revolving loop like a chain drive... this cable runs one way, then the other way, up and down the hill.

You can see a great example of this when standing in line for the MF at CP. it has a huge cable lift system with an insane amount of counterweights.

Hope this helps

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:42 AM
CsTrFrK has it pretty close.  The brakeman on these old scenic raliways operates a clamp underneath the train that grabs the cable.  The principle is pretty close to San Francisco cable cars.  The cable is a continuous loop much like a chain on a chain lift.  There isn't any actual dog on the cable.  The brakeman can also normally operate a brake that slows the train. 

 
I am a little confused by the photo of the brakeman's post.  There only seems to be one lever.  Does anyone know if this lever is used for both the lift and the braking?


The system is quite different from Millenium forces elevator system with a catch car.  MF's cabel is not a continuous loop.  It is wound up on a drum to raise the train.

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:47 AM
Quite possible...pull back for brake and squeeze the lever for the clamp.
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:54 AM
What happen to that coaster.  It looks pretty sweet.
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 10:13 AM
Still operating.
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Monday, February 18, 2002 5:34 AM
It's quite possible that the grip lever also works the brake. I've also seen pics of one these scenics that uses air brakes. Resevoirs are mounted on the brakemans car and are recharged each time they come into the station.
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Monday, February 18, 2002 4:48 PM
How great would would it be to be a brakeman for one of those scenic railways.  Just ride the rollercoaster non stop.  Sounds like the life to me.
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