Phantom's Second Train

Thursday, June 13, 2002 9:58 PM
Anyone have the skinny on PR's second train? Is it running?

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 10:09 PM

When I went May 31st (the day of the tornado) they still didn't have the second train running.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 4:54 AM

It is my understanding that the ride did open last weekend with two-train operation.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 5:01 AM
I went to the park on Tuesday this week and only one train was running. I went by the park on Monday however and it appeared that both trains were running. It looks to be a flip of the coin. The woodies were running two trains however. :)
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Friday, June 14, 2002 5:43 AM
I was there last Saturday and they had two trains running...They didn't open it until around 1-ish, but they did have two running.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 7:52 AM
heres my question. how many trains does the thunderbolt have? at kennykon, they were running 2, but that was it. it looked like they had three more trains nearly.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 7:57 AM
Thunderbolt, Racer and Jack Rabbit each have three trains. Each only runs two, however.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 8:11 AM
The Jack Rabbit's 3rd train has been missing part of the year, and i don't know if it has returned, and yes the phantom is running 2 trains, but in the typical kennywood fashion. Which is, wait till the line is huge and put the second train on, then take it off at some unreasonable time, ALA the other day when they took it off at 5 and there was still a huge line. i just don't get it.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 8:53 AM

FYI, I was at the park on June 5th, 6th, and 9th, and while there were two trains on the track at no time did two trains ever run at the same time. Jack Rabbit ran two trains Sunday, Thunderbolt ran one on all three days, Racer ran two of course, and I have no clue how many were on Exterminator but the line moved pretty quickly.

Also, there were few signs of any damage at the park on Wednesday. Other than some obivous damage to the outside portion of Exterminator's queue [from the Whip roof, no doubt] and a few trees down, the park was immaculate.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 9:11 AM
Ugh, that sucks. We were at KW on Sat, June 8, and got to the park at 7pm. They only had one train on and the line was about 45mins. Wonder why they had taken the second train off so early with such a long line?

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Friday, June 14, 2002 10:01 AM
They really have trouble running the Phantom's second train. Due to the speed of it coming into the station it has trouble slowing down before the station. I was there just yesterday and they ran one all day. I have been hearing earlier that if they were to opt for a second train they would need to install trim brakes on it. I'd say leave it alone and leave it as a one train operation to avoid the trim brakes ruining the ride experience. It's an excellent ride.
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Friday, June 14, 2002 11:48 AM
I thought they did put trim brakes on during the off-season? Some place before the last couple of bunny hop's.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 11:59 AM
Yes, RPMGuitar is correct, Kennywood added magnetic brakes to the last couple of bunny hops last fall. You can feel them kick in, but it does not take away from the airtime at all.

Obviously Kennywood deems it safe to operate run PR with two trains, the question is why don't they do it all the time. Are they having trouble loading and uloading trains in order to prevent the second train having to stop on the final brakes/transfer table? If that is the case, then is Kennywood concerned that the second train will not be able to stop there and could run into the train in the station? Something to ponder. . . .

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Friday, June 14, 2002 1:00 PM

The train is coming in to fast for the magnetic brakes. They must be still testing it and haven't finished all the tests and whatever else must be done.

When was the last time they ran two trains on it?

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