Roller Coaster Testing

Thursday, July 3, 2003 2:36 PM
How extensive is block system testing on roller coasters? For instance, is there a test that involves trying to dispatch a train, even though the train before is hasn't cleared the block? Or even purposely putting two trains in the same block ( if possible on the given roller coaster ) and testing how the system handles the situation?
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 5:40 PM
Depends on the park, I suppose. If you ever happen to go to Cedar Point when it rains, or if you get there early, watch them start-up Wildcat. It takes forever because they test every single block on the ride. A car is stopped in each block, and a maintenance worker then pushes the car out of the block and they stop it at the next one.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 6:19 PM
This isn't coasters, but at Cedar Point last year from our hotel room @ Breakers we had a straight on view of Power Tower. From 6:00 in the morning (I kno I woke up early 1 day out of the year) till about 8:00 the cars on power tower were moving VERY VERY VERY SLOWLY up the tower. They were barely moving. After about 30 minutes (I'm not exaggerating at all) they reached the top and then repeated the process coming back down.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 7:37 PM

CoasterKrazy said:
How extensive is block system testing on roller coasters? For instance, is there a test that involves trying to dispatch a train, even though the train before is hasn't cleared the block?

This is done everday at most major parks before riders are allowed to baord.

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