IAAPA 2001: X train modification to smooth out ride

Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2001 7:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Arrow president Fred Bolingbroke says that the delays in X are the result of excessive vibration felt in the outer seats. They've prototyped a modification on one car that has fixed the problem.

Read the Fred Bolingbroke CoasterBuzz interview tomorrow!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 7:55 AM
Well, that's good news!  Hopefully X will be open by the end of 2002!!!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 7:57 AM
This makes an awful lot of sense. Stress fractures indeed!

The LAST thing Arrow needed to do was open X and have it be the SLIGHTEST bit rough. That would be suicidal, whereas the delays are annoying, but do not really matter. The ride will presumably be standing 15 years fro now, no one will care if it opened in 01 or 02. People will care if the first 4th dimension beats them up. This would mean less sales, which would be bad for Arrow. They have a lot riding on this coaster.

Wednesday, November 14, 2001 8:51 AM
Much kudos should go to Arrow & Six Flags alike for sticking it out and fixing the problem.  And since it's now getting fixed up, this means that I should be able to ride it on Spring Break.. woo hoo!
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 8:52 AM
Huh, what the heck are you talking about.

X will be graet.


Wednesday, November 14, 2001 9:32 AM
Soggy's avatar Wow, this is the first real X news we have heard in a while. I guess the light is finally being seen at the end of the tunnel. (no wisecracks about X not having a tunnel, please)

Side note, my new job is only 15 miles South of SFMM, Woo Hoo!!

"X" marks the spot in 2001!

Wednesday, November 14, 2001 9:45 AM
At this rate mabyee we will be able to ride it say spring 2010
Aughhh look out there are Mice all around
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 10:06 AM
Be patient Whizzer.  Patience is a virtue.  The PKI people had to wiat for SOB, Kennywood had to wait for PR and so did SFWoA for X-Flight.  Thet all got their rides and they were all great.  Besides, Comatose stated how important it is that "X" moves along "smoothly"(sort of a pun).
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 10:13 AM
Stress fractures? Who said anything about that? The guy said that it was vibrations. That could be caused by many things, not just stress fractures...
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 10:19 AM
I think he meant the vibrations were causing the stress fractures...
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 10:27 AM
john peck's avatar No, the "stress fracture" rumor had been going around for a few weeks when X all of a sudden "quit" testing and the trains were torn apart on the site.

The rumor escalated and quite a few people began to believe it might have been true, including me, John Peck. Yes, me, of all people! No foolin'!

Golly Mister... thats crazy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2001 10:36 AM
How long do you think this will hold things up?  I mean, they have solved the problem and know what exactly to do.  Is 4 weeks a little to liberal?
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 10:46 AM
rollergator's avatar Yes, 4 weeks to me sounds exceptionally...hopeful.  But, as Comatose said (and I second this): "Arrow has a lot riding on this coaster".  ALL eyes will be on SFMM come CoasterCon XXV, and it WILL be up and running by then.  Anything before then is gravy, IMO...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:04 AM
Jeff's avatar If it makes you feel better, the ride has cycled more than 1,100 times.


Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:05 AM
While I prefer not to say who, I was told by what I would consider a very reliable source that part of the delays was due to some parts not holding up. They did not elaberate on exactly what was going on with the parts but I think a fair conclusion would be a stress fracture. They did not mention anything about excessive vibration. I guess the two could somehow be related but I have nothing solid to confirm that.

Just had to throw this in here. I have a model coaster that is on display at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Last I knew it had cycled over 45,000 times since being installed in May of this year. *** This post was edited by phil on 11/14/2001. ***

Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:22 AM
janfrederick's avatar I wonder who has the final saynin when it opens: Arrow or Six Flags?
"I'll bet that thing hits 5 Gs going through that loop.....faaar ooouut!"
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:45 AM
The *final* say would have to go to SFMM. If they are in anyway dissatisfied with the ride and feels it will be bad for their riders, then it wont open. However, in the same breath, SFMM cannot open it until they are assured by Arrow that it is safe to do so.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:47 AM
Hey Phil, if you happen to have a pic of your model, could you email it to me?
janfrederick, although SF may say "open it now" (not that they would open an unsafe ride, I give them more credit than that) I'm sure Arrow would
force them to keep it closed with a public safety thing.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2001 12:46 PM
When does the 2002 season end for Six Flags Magic Mountain?
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 12:51 PM
Phil - Are you in any way slightly doubting what the Arrow President says?   I'd say hes a bit more reliable than any of your sources. ;)




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