Roar @ SFMW had a small "fire" on one train

Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:10 PM

I rode Roar at SFMW yesterday and on one ride at about 5:45pm I was on the orange train in the second to last row I smelled burning rubber about mid ride (starting in the tunnel). In the first set of brakes, my friend sitting to the right of me turned to talk to me about the awesome ride we just had when he started yelling "Fire! Fire!" When I turned to look (thinking maybe the lift motor was on fire because I smelled the most smoke near it) and ended up seeing that smoke was coming out from under the train.

When we stopped on the brakes before the station (the transfer track) People started to yell at the ops in the station "The train is on fire!" More smoke came out from under our car only. I was pretty freaked our along with my friend. Because more smoke came out (not like a whole bunch but enough to star what we thought would be a bad fire) we were wondering how we would get out of the train. I tried to look for flames but I could only see some smoke coming out.

Apparently in the station they couldn't see the smoke, so they couldn't understand what we meant by saying fire. They wouldn't dispatch the gold train if there was a fire and so they just sat in the station and watched us (I assume making sure we weren't in danger) and I saw there talking into the phone.

When there was no more smoke but just a burning rubber smell (about 4 minutes later) they dispatched the gold train and let us into the station. The let us out of the train and explained how it was probably people's hair stuck to the wheel and it was just burning off.

My friend and I went and rode the ferris wheel and then those Whales that go in circles right next to Roar's exit and got off just in time to see a mechanic leaving Roar's station. Wondering what caused all the smoke and burning rubber smell, I asked the mechanic what was going on. He said something to the effect of People's hair gets caught in the wheels and it eventually burns off. He said nothing else around the wheels could catch fire and there was no reason to worry about a fire.

My question is does this happen on other woodens or only Roar? I would think if it happens on Roar it must happen on Lightning Racer and Wildcat @ Hershey because they have the Millennium Flier trains too. Also, it was the first time I have feared for my life on a coaster, not being able to get out and the feeling that the train was soon to be engulfed in flames. I know it will be a little hard for me to get back on Roar, even though I know I will get over it.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:16 PM
Wow, thats a very interesting story, wouldnt the hair fall to the ground though vs. sticking to the wheel?!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 5:35 PM
I don't think that Wildcat would be effected in that manner because it has PTC trains and not the GCI flyers,I'm glad it wasn't SFA's Roar that caught fire and I'm actually glad SFA's has got PTC's.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 5:48 PM
IF it was hair burning, dontcha think you'd have SMELLED it.....it wasn't hair! What it WAS, that's debatable....NOT hair, IMO....;)
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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 5:48 PM
Well the ride and train opened about 30 minutes later.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 9:23 PM
Burning hair and burning rubber do not smell the same. Interesting.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 10:37 PM

Hair? Did they say who the hair might have been attached to? Did they find the head???;)

Hair? LOL! .............riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 5:14 AM
Umm, actually burning hair CAN smell like burning rubber....if it's synthetic hair...that is WEAVE!

But I've not heard anything like this before....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:05 AM
Another possibility. A hot bearing can result in a small fire, mostly smoke. The bearings generally include rubber grease seals that could produce the burning rubber smell.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 8:11 AM

Jim's got it! Makes sense, esp. where's there more smoke than fire, and the smell, etc.....makes sense....good try jeremy, but I'd expect someone to be standing around crying if they lost THAT much of their weave...(enough to cause a small fire)....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 8:19 AM
I heard there was a fire on Beast once. I'm sure you were in no danger.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 10:29 AM

Currently working as a mechanic (of cars) I'm with Jim on this. A trashed bearing will indeed create a lot of heat, capable of smoking the grease seal and burning off the grease. Burning grease and rubber especially produces alot of smoke. Pretty soon the wheel would seize also and make a squealing noise as it hits the track.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 2:07 PM
That totally makes sense. I am going back tomorrow and I have no fear of getting on this coaster again. It just seems weird that they would say it was hair and then continue running the train.

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