Any news on the latest status of Kingda Ka? All has seemingly been quiet on that front, with no official updates from Six Flags, and I haven't heard much on other sites. Has anyone here been to the park lately and seen anything, know any updates, anyone?
Hey SVLFever, Homer is hot, are you really starting to look like him? I actually feel bad for the park since there was SOOO much hype, as with any new coaster or ride, and then have fallen flat on their face. It would be a nice gesture for the park to at least be honest and give an HONEST time frame, if any.
Kingda Ka won't be open till next year. they need to order a new train and fabricate a new piece of track. This whole accident was their fault. they installed a catwalk along side the launch track without getting approval from Intamin first. the catwalk is what tore the train and track apart. These are not rumors. my sister's fiance is the director of the batman show and he talked to the iron workers who are fixing the ride.
Hmmmm...I'm not claiming to know any facts about the situation, but somehow I think almost everything in your post is completely wrong.
The catwalk doesn't come into contact with any part of the train, cable, sled, brake fins, electronics, hydraulics. How in the world is that going cause any problems??
About the train, you may be right that they need a new one, but I've seen pics of the train post-breakdown and it appears 100% fine. (at least from the outside) There certainly is no *major* damage. I'm sure the undercarriage has some damage to it, but it's definitely not enough to warrant a brand new train IMO. (even if we do get a new one, maybe they'll fix up Blueberry and we'll have one to spare if another goes down for maintenance!)
As with every new ride, after testing is complete a representative from the manufacturer signs the ride over to the park for operation. The catwalk was there during construction so Intamin most likely knew about it.
As unlikely as Mini's post sounds, I know of other coasters that have installed catwalks on a ride after the ride has been 'signed off' from the manufacturer. I suppose it is possible that a portion of the catwalk broke free somehow and came in contact with part of the ride. Granted it's extremely unlikely, but possible.
Regardless, the lack of a train wouldn't close down the ride. All the ride would do is operate at lower capacity. I am guessing that train does need some 'lovin' and it probably had to be removed to the maintenance shop, or Intamin.
I really enjoy the Simpsons. It's just a shame that I am starting to LOOK like Homer.