Monday, July 29, 2002 10:07 AM
I don't know how many Schwarzkopf coaster have this, but at SFAW I noticed something odd. On Viper (designed by Schwazkopf) I looked at the ride panel and there was a blue button labeled Lift Fast. What does this mean? What would it be used for? Thanks!

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Monday, July 29, 2002 10:34 AM
It could be to stop the lift (as in "stay fast" or "held fast to a spot").

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Monday, July 29, 2002 10:36 AM
This is just a guess: It is probably some sort of indicator light that tells the operator when the lift has moved into its fastest speed. It probably does so when a block ahead on the track clears out. This would be similar to the speed change on MF's lift that is being discussed in another. It could also be a button for manually operating the lift in a maintenance mode.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 12:01 PM

Actually most Six Flags panels have this lighted button. Here's why:

Most coasters have a designated "safety zone" on the lift, which is where trains should be stopped by the operator. They are usually high on the lift so in the event of a brake malfunction, the other train would not hit the train stopped at near the top of the lift. Also on the safety zone are proximity limits or a photocell which will enable the ride computer to know if the train is in this zone.

But it serves another purpose. Let's say blue train (I'm familiar with GASM at SFOG) is dispatched from the station to the lift. Once the computer knows the train is out of the station, lift fast will kick in and the lift will go up to its "normal" speed. Once the train has crested the lift, the lift will slow back down to conserve energy. But suppose the red train stops on the course somewhere.. it doesn't come back, or gets hung in the main brake or safety brake. Once the front end of blue train hits the safety zone, the lift fast kicks off and the train creeps up the lift. Eventually the computer will stop the train on the lift and the lift cannot be restarted until the other train is in the station.

Lift fast functions as both an energy saver and part of the ride's safety system. If you feel the ride slow down on the lift, especially near the top, chances are the computer is automatically turning lift fast off.

On all the panels I have worked on, lift fast can only be turned on or off by mechanics/electricians. It is located on the maintenance mode part of the panel.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 1:12 PM

bigboy said:
This is just a guess: It is probably some sort of indicator light that tells the operator when the lift has moved into its fastest speed. It probably does so when a block ahead on the track clears out.

Yep you are correct. The chain on this coaster starts out slow and then after a block is cleared by the second train it begins to speed up the lift. It's kinda fun to have 2 different speeds going up the lift.



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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:20 AM

The only problem with a few of those theorys is the fact that the second train was on the transfer track the whole day. Only one trail operation!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:42 AM

Markieb said:

Lance Baker said:

The only problem with a few of those theorys is the fact that the second train was on the transfer track the whole day.

Agreed as almost always with the Viper. But still even with only one train the same program applies.

1. Train start to slowly move up the hill.

2. Triggered by an eye located on the lift hill, the computer is told to do a check and see if a specific eye is clear.. ( Dose not matter if one train or two trains, the check is still done.)

3. Eye sends back signal to computer and says no train is present.

4. Computer tells the lift hill motor it is ok to go forward at full speed. This scenario is valid regardless of the number of trains.

I hope this helps




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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:01 AM
Is it so hard to learn to quote correctly? Post your message after the quote tags.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:14 AM

BrandonR said:
Is it so hard to learn to quote correctly? Post your message after the quote tags.

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Thanks for adding so much valued information to this thread.

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