I've heard that Mystic Timbers had been running 2 trains recently because the trains have been overshooting the first breakrun. Has anyone else heard anything about this? Apparently they may add trims because of it.
Hey, let's ride (random Intamin coaster). What? It's broken down? I totally didn't expect that.
I'm not an engineer, so forgive the stupid question: why would trim brakes help? Isn't the problem the brakes already installed?
"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band
I am not an engineer either. But it seems to me that if they are overshooting the first brake run, having trains enter that brake run at a slower speed may be enough to get them to stop in that brake run. So having trim brakes before the first brake run could work. Though I would think that it would make more sense to address the brakes themselves. I would also think that the brakes are somewhat over-engineered in that they are designed to stop trains somewhat heavier and traveling at somewhat higher speeds than is expected for the coaster.
Yesterday I recall one point where we were sitting in the shed for an extended period of time and the train on the course came into the first brake run behind us. And at another point in the day I recall seeing a train sitting on the first brake run. If they are having problems, I wouldn't expect them to run 2 trains some days and 3 trains other days (unless there is some type of weather factor though yesterday was pretty much a garden variety summer day weather wise). Again not an engineer and I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
I don't buy it. Most of the stopping is by way of magnetic brakes. They don't just stop working.
Yeah, physics is like that. And, if you want to know *why*..
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