Rickity roller coaster trains

Saturday, March 9, 2002 6:09 AM

I was thinking, have you ever been on any scary roller coaster trains where they felt like they were going to fall apart?

An experience like this happened to me this past summer at Lakemont. While riding the Skyliner, I was in the first seat third train I believe when the car started squeaking. I didn't think much of it first until it looked like the bolts were making the front panel come off. It was scary! I didn't enjoy the rest of the ride, I just tryed to hold on for dear life. The rest of the rides on it were in the second seat last car.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

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Saturday, March 9, 2002 10:19 AM

Many older wooden cars "work" quite a bit. It actually imporves their tracking as compared to modern cars for woodies that have ridgid steel frames. It is safe as long as the car is well maintained.

Coasters I can recall right off where the cars work quite a bit include Skyliner, Leap The Dips, and Jack Rabbit.

Saturday, March 9, 2002 11:21 AM

I noticed when rideing rolling thunder at SFGAdv the you can actauly feel the cars moving and it seems like they are going to fall apart! Oh yea and one time on Thunderhauk at Dorney park the whole seat and cushions slamed foward when coming into the staion! but then it went back and stood there so I got out told the ride operators and i tihink they looked at it but prop found nuthing wrong? Is that a good thing to hapen on a coaster? (porp not)

*** This post was edited by WoodenCyclone on 3/10/2002. ***

Saturday, March 9, 2002 11:23 AM
I think the scariest trains last year were on Raging Wolf Bobs at SFWoA. I was sitting by myself and almost ended up in the seat next to me. It's still a good classic-don't get me wrong.


Saturday, March 9, 2002 1:22 PM
Scooby-Doo at Carowinds does this. The seat cushions fly up off the car on the second drop!

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Saturday, March 9, 2002 6:04 PM
Once I rode Judge Roy Scream at SFoT and I'm positive the front of a car had some upstop issues.... Whenever the the train would reach the peak of a hill and begin to descend the train would go high up and SNAP back hard and bang onto the track...

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Saturday, March 9, 2002 7:01 PM
When I read the title to this topic, I instantly thought of the skyliner and to my supprise it is the coaster that started this topic off. I live in Altoona and I really enjoy this coaster especially after a rough day at work. It makes me smile when the car "shifts" as it rounds the first curve after the lift. I sometimes wonder if Skyliner is as safe as it could be.
Saturday, March 9, 2002 7:16 PM

Well, I had the seat cushion on Shivering Timbers fall in the floor while I was airborne, My tail came down inside the box area and there is nothing bellow that but crossties!

Chuck, Saying he's heard simular stories about BD and some other airtime filled coasters with PTC's

Charles Nungester
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Saturday, March 9, 2002 7:22 PM
BrandonR, I had the same thing happen to me on the American Eagle at SFGRAm at Fright Fest. I couldn't believe it when it did that. It really freaked me out.

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Saturday, March 9, 2002 8:49 PM

Well, what about a steel coaster that is just as rickety as a bad woodie?

Thunderbolt at Dreamworld here is a very dodgy ride. On the lift hill, you can see the pawls bouncing up and down in a very awkward manner through cracks in the floors of the trains. Also, they seem to have a lot of trouble engaging with the toothed bars, as the amount of clicking slows down and speeds up completely at random. On top of this, towards the top of the lift, it feels as though the motors are stuggling to pull the train up, as it starts to thrust and move back a bit, then thrusts again.

To be honest, I feel safer on the old Wooden Wild Mouse that always feels like it is about to break rather than Thunderbolt. Having said that, I always seem to end up on it (right after lunch a lot of the time, doesn't help combined with those circular loops).

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Saturday, March 9, 2002 9:03 PM
Brandon and Stoogeman: What you are talking about is upstops that are set relatively loose. This allows the car to actually lift slightly off the track. While this is hard on the car, it isn't really dangerous as long as the car is properly maintained. Usually you only feel this in the front car.
Sunday, March 10, 2002 7:09 AM
SFNE Cyclone felt like the train was going of the side and you were going with it beacause the new restraints are to darn tight
Sunday, March 10, 2002 11:14 AM

Haha, happens to me every time I go on American Eagle at SFGAm. The train lifts off the track going up the lift!! Even scarier is the part where the helix goes over the highway! It just feels like it's going to snap off.

I am permanently afraid of getting stuck at the top of that thing. It happened once, and I'll just say that it was more than scary. Good view, though!!!! :)

Sunday, March 10, 2002 12:19 PM
You gotta ride The Predator at Darien Lake the cars actually turn like if you take a cardboard box and push it on opposite diagonal sides is what its like.
Sunday, March 10, 2002 4:18 PM

I thought 13 on the Big Dipper at GLSFOSFWOA was very rickity. I thought the entire car was just going to seperate into a million pieces and we would fly off the track and land upside down like in the movie Rollercoaster. But seriously though I was shocked the way it felt, I thought the bottom was going to break right off from under me.

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