MF Cable Snaps Again!

Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:25 PM
I was just wathcing 19 Action News, (Cleveland News Station), and they reported that Millenium Force's cable snapped again stranding quests at the top of the lift for awhile.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:28 PM
God is punishing CP for not modifying the restraints for larger guests.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:28 PM
I knew this would happen. They were lucky it only happened to 3 employees the first time.

Hey, at least when Dragster's cable snaps they only have to replace it on flat track AND getting people off isn't too hard.

Luckily it's not the middle of summer and 90 degrees. The people must be very scared...it's really too bad.

I bet they haven't replaced the cable since last season.

God Probably is punishing them. At least for us people that can ride we don't have to deal with those stupid metal bars and shin guards on the Sros brothers..

Still, they should just put new seats in, theres alot of people who have a waist bigger than 36 inches. That's just riduclous. 48 inches maybe but 36 is way too limiting. *** Edited 5/12/2005 10:30:15 PM UTC by Ride of Steel***

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:32 PM
You know, it'll probably be open tommorow- its a non-issue.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:33 PM
I saw, with my own eyes, what looked like duct tape on the cable last season.

I'm not suprised if it did "seperate" again.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:44 PM
Yes it will open tomorrow, theres no doubt about that. I just think it'll be a pain gettin people down. It doesn't even have stairs.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:49 PM
How can you be sure it will open so fast? The first cable snap (I think) took a couple weeks. Do they keep a spare now for MF? I know they do for TTD, but that one snaps all the time.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 6:53 PM
It would not suprise me to hear that maintenance had planned on the cable snapping sometime soon.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:19 PM
The reason why the first snap on MF took so long to fix was that it tore up the station when the sled came crashing down the hill. They have since fixed that problem (you can see the sled run off track in the photo linked below). It should be up soon if they don't have to fix the station again, or the sled. But I wouldn't count on that, as I can't forsee the sled not hitting the ground hard. Its not like on TTD when the cable just falls off and the sled is stopped by the brakes.


http://www.onuboards.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=16&pos=35

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:28 PM

Michael Darling said:
I saw, with my own eyes, what looked like duct tape on the cable last season.

Yeah, right

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:28 PM
Wow! I did not know that. So how did that affect the people boarding the next train when the sled came back?
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:29 PM
No, this was God's way of getting back at CP for what is discussed in this thread:

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=41640

;)

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:34 PM
I don't think anything at all happened to the people in the station. Plus there was only ride ops on the ride, and the park had yet to open, I don't think anyone really knows what exactly happened in the station.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:39 PM
Oh, I was there that weekend and we left a bit early the night before. When we got there the next day it was stuck up there, but the story we got was it happened with passengers the night before. I guess it is much better that it happened during testing the next day.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:45 PM
Word from the park is that last night, one of the trains on the Millennium Force stopped approximately 3/4 of the way up the lift hill because the catchcar became detached from the train.

They used the funicular to bring the guests back down into the station. Everything went according to plan and no one was hurt. It took them approximately one hour to get everyone down safely.

Millennium Force was closed due to weather as of this afternoon.

We were at the park today. Magnum was also closed for weather and it looked like Gemini was also not running. I assume wind, as there was a stiff breeze off the lake, but I'm not sure.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 8:06 PM
It amazes me that they would let over 600ft of cable under high tension get in the condition to snap before replacing it. All it takes is once and someone to be around Whap!
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 8:16 PM
I was there yesterday and was kind of wondering what was going on.

I took couple shots of the stranded guests. You can see them here (first two shots):

http://www.coasterfanatics.com/sec_coasters/coaster_detail.asp?id=11

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 8:32 PM

S2K said:
Yeah, right

If you want to call me a liar, go right ahead. I saw what I saw and it sure looked like duct tape to me.
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Thursday, May 12, 2005 8:45 PM
Imagine having the cable snap, and then having a thunderstorm move in before they can get you down. Sounds like a plot for a disaster film.

More seriously, I would think that they would be able to develop some sort of predictive maintenance so they can predict a cable snap in advance, and replace the cable before it happens. Less bad publicity and less impact on park operations.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 9:14 PM
Wait I thought that there are no of the little clicks for rollbacks so if the cable snaps how come the train doesn't fall down the hill?
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