Ride Operations During Weather

Thursday, March 29, 2001 11:41 AM
Yesterday while I was riding the Rampage at VL the rain caused the brakes to short out and we got stuck. Should rides operate during rain??
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Thursday, March 29, 2001 11:49 AM
If it's safe, yes. (Apparently it wasn't at VL!) I love to ride coasters in the rain.

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Thursday, March 29, 2001 12:13 PM
OH, coasters in the rain rock! I remember riding the American Eagle, at SFGA , in pouring rain, racing the backwards blue train,, it was crazy! and soo fun.
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Thursday, March 29, 2001 12:40 PM
Rides (most of them) can operate in rain, no problem, but it's lightning you have to watch out for! Most parks have a certain waiting period after a storm passes during which no lightning can be sighted before the coasters can be run. Think about it - would you like to be on the tallest steel coaster in the western hemisphere with lightning? :)

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Thursday, March 29, 2001 2:21 PM
I believe that most parks now have lightning detection systems that warn when lightning is close. I think that the criteria is 3 miles, but I'm not certain.
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Thursday, March 29, 2001 2:27 PM
At PKI, they will operate their coasters in the rain, as long as its not pouring down. However, because the Beast has skid brakes and not fin brakes, the brakes don`t work too well in wet weather and is often closed when it rains heavily!
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Thursday, March 29, 2001 2:38 PM
At SFA, just after a thunderstorm, we were waiting for Superman to reopen. The first ride was with two ops/mechanics in the front seat. Some people in the line were having a good ole time and shouting "I HOPE YOU'VE GOT A WAIVER". Everyone was cracking up.

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Thursday, March 29, 2001 5:26 PM
One time I was waiting in line for Ghostrider and it started sprinkling so they had to close the ride until it stopped. It stopped about 5 minutes later and the ride started operating again.

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