I could have sworn that at the end of the ride, your car triggered a bell that would signal the operator to pull a lever that would brake the car as it finished its run. Is this feasible during the period this coaster operated or was this type of insane braking system already outlawed or phased out and it was all show? If not, was there a back up system in place if the guy happened to have a bad night and fell asleep? Even in the company of Jack Daniels last night, I remember this system clearly as it was one of my favorite rides at the Mountain.
Thanks in advance for any reply-this is really bugging me!
I know the Wildcat that operated at Martins Fanatasy Island operated by levers up until it was removed last year. A big burly guy worked the brake end and he wouldn't run it if it even sprinkled.
Other ones I've seen have been set up to pnumatic brakes but the op still opens or closes them.
And to answer your question about a bad night. The answer would be KABLAM!
Chuck, who says you oughta see the human brakes the pretzel at Camden had/has.
// There you have it. Answers from both "coasterfanatics".
Timberline Twister at Knott's. Uses a tire to slow the train, but a hand brake to stop the ride.
Isn't Tiger Terror (WA, I haven't ridden the others) also hand-braked?
Hooray for ERT on TT at Knott's, giving the big kids a chance to ride...maybe some day SFMM will relent, along with SFDL... ;) LOL! :)
Reminded of the human-powered lifthill they used at Wizard's Cavern... :-/
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Many times a Woodies Bell would be controled by a cable in the turn around that litterally would activate by the sway of the structure. This bell was always a BE READY alert.
Chuck, who's surpised Ridman hasn't chimmed in.
Wyandot Lake's Sea Dragon, Waldameer's Comet, and...er...I believe the Lake Winnie Cannon Ball all have hand-operated skid brakes. Kennywood's Jack Rabbit had hand-operated skid brakes until just a couple of years ago when it was converted to high-tech magnetic trim brakes and a pneumatic squeeze brake in the station.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
While Twister at Knoebels doesn't use a handbrake, I don't believe it's automatic due to its using skid brakes on an arc. On my first visit to the park in 2001, I witnessed a train fly right through the staiton and back towards the lift. Nobody onboard seemed unhappy as they got another ride:) The main op just had that "eh, whatever" look on his face.
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I have posted inquiries on numerous sites concerning various topics, always in search of an answer that eludes me. Sad to say, many forums from my experience are filled to the guts with pompous, arrogant trolls who respond to possibly naive postings with patronizing, obscenity-laden dribble. NOT SO HERE!! Thanks for the expert and fascinating responses. While I love coasters, I am obviously a local rookie among the big boys. Continue to represent your hobby?, passion?, sport?, with the dignity and respect you demonstrated here.
Nice to hear, especially considering this tends to be the forum with a rep for being full of pompous, arrogant trolls who respond to possibly naive postings with patronizing, obscenity-laden dribble. ;)
Like, "Will PKI be busy on the fourth of july?"
But If I can help, I ususally do or let others with more knowledge of the situation do it.
The bell, buzzer, or other signal is used to warn the operator that a train is approaching. In some cases, it does not indicate that an approaching train is imminent, but it does indicate that the train has reached a particular location on the track. Since the operator is ALWAYS alert to the approaching train, the function of the signal it to indicate to the operator that it's time for the other train to leave. A classic example of this was the Kennywood Jack Rabbit. The bell would only ring if the train on the course reached the switch at the far end of the ride AND another train was sitting in the station. If the station was already clear by the time the train reached the switch, the bell wouldn't sound.
Oh, and yes, Big Dipper at Geauga Lake did have hand brakes and a signal until just a few years ago.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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