Midcourse brakes

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:22 PM

Kings Island's Flight of Fear runs a lot better when it runs faster. The problem is that by dragging the train to a full stop on the mid course, there are a couple of elements where the train goes through so slowly that you don't stay stuck to the seat the way you should. It is not as bad as it was with the shoulder bars, since you are no longer left dangling from your left arm, but you still get dumped out of the seat.

Someone already touched on the real issue: The coaster is designed to run at a particular speed, and most of the time that speed is based on the train coming out of the brake run at a dead stop. Ideally, the train should hit the brakes at a very slow speed, or should be equipped with a pusher system to accelerate the train out of the brakes; that way, the ride can run most of the time with the mid course brakes open. Unfortunately not all rides are built to that kind of specifications.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:05 AM

Chuck, it's interesting we should have such diametrically opposed opinions of the same ride . . . guess that's just the nature of experience.


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Thursday, January 29, 2009 1:38 PM
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I had a trimless ride on MM's Goliath. It was extremely intense. I can't say I wanted to do it again.

oT will not let anyone ride Titan twice in a row. According to the op., first aid mandated that you have to go around and get back on.


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