Pre Season Testing Question

Friday, July 20, 2001 1:22 PM
OK, I have a question. What do parks do to the coasters while during the off season and what do they do with the cars? How many weeks before the park reopens do they start testing it again? I'm asking this because I live in So. Cali and we don't have off seasons here.

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Friday, July 20, 2001 1:40 PM
I have been at Valleyfair for 8 years. What they do during the down time is they start to take the trains of the coaster tracks and store them in the Physical Plant building and the flat rides a part and do the same thing. This is call dismateling season what that means each season is they take a part the rides and put them back together for testing for the new opening season. But what do year round parks do that dont have snow example Magic Mountian?

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Friday, July 20, 2001 1:45 PM
If you check the Gallery section of Guide to the Point, there are some really neat photos of off-season rides and coasters.

Yes, trains are taken off the tracks, and maintenance work is done on both the trains and the coasters themselves: new seats/restraints, paint jobs, retracking if necessary, new wheels, etc -- more heavy maintenance than is usually performed during the season. Then, when the weather is agreeable to running trains again (no ice), they will be reassembled and tested, recertified for safety, and begin running for the new season.

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Friday, July 20, 2001 5:23 PM
Since it only rains in Santa Clara, they don't take the rides apart during the off season.
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Friday, July 20, 2001 6:51 PM
Just a question: wouldn't there be some maintenance that may require coaster trains to be removed? If so, how do year-round parks accommodate this?

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Friday, July 20, 2001 7:01 PM
you can also check out the winter rehab page over at www.coasterquest.com they have some pretty good info there.
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Friday, July 20, 2001 7:50 PM
In addition to the actual maintenance performed in the off season, parks also do a great deal of non-destructive testing to look for possible defects in coasters.

Year around parks can accomplish the same things by having extra trains and pulling one train at a time. Track etc. can be worked on in the hours the park is closed or by shutting down one ride at a time for the period required.
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