RR of PR and Jack Rabbit WITH magnetic brakes

Saturday, April 13, 2002 2:18 PM

Just got back from Kennywood today and thought I would let everyone exactly what happened with PR and how it effected the final two moments of airtime.

The ride survived the winter and is still as fantastic as ever. It's still smooth as can be. Magnetic brakes have been added to the final two rises leading up into the friction brake run. The magnets start half way up each little rises and lead right into the friction brakes. They sorta look like this - = = = The fin passes between the magnets and slow the train. KP has been able to slow the train down enough so that two train operation WILL happen.

For those of you who have ridden PR in 2001 will remember the incredible airtime that those two hills contained. Well, i'm very happy to say that the magnets have NO effect on the air. I sat in the front, middle, and very back and nothing has changed. So you all may rest easy now knowing that your favorite PA ride is still exactly the way it was only with the bonus of two train operation.

Please don't expect PR to run two trains right away. One of the two is on the track while the other still remains in hibernation(SP?). Exactly when the second train is added remains a mystry to me.

Jack Rabbit's skid brakes are gone. KP has set up a friction/magnetic braking system exactly like PR. As the train enters the station, the two fins that have replaced the two skids on the bottom of each train pass through the magnets and slow the train to a crawl. The train then is completely stopped by two mounted friction brakes. The train then can advance to the next set of friction brakes so passengers can board the train.

With the new setup, two train operation will procced through any rain. Some of you may have been caught inline when it has started to rain and noticed that KP would have to stop operation and take off one of the trains. This won't happen any more thanks to Kennywood. Also, you may have noticed that the ops like to rush you when loading and unloading the train to prevent a collison. With the new brakes also came a new computer and now allows that two trains can occupy the station at the same time. So no need to rush, please, just take your time.

Well that turned out a little longer then I thought it would. If you have any questions, feel free to fire away and I will do my best to help you out.

Coasterman Mike - No more off season!

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Total rides on Phantom's Revenge: 49
Total rides on Pittfall: 255
Total rides on Superman:UE : 633
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Saturday, April 13, 2002 2:20 PM
Wonderful! I'm glad PR still has that unparalelled intensity of air. Thanks to Kennywood for preserving it!

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- Peabody

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Saturday, April 13, 2002 3:00 PM

When did KW open? It says on KWC that it opens in 7 days. Are they just slow or something?

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Saturday, April 13, 2002 3:03 PM

I'm a ride operator at the Racer/Jack Rabbit and today was one of the training days at KP. They also needed "test subjects" for PR and I volunteered. KP opens April 20th. I encourage all of you to make the trip out.

Coasterman Mike

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Total rides on Phantom's Revenge: 49
Total rides on Pittfall: 255
Total rides on Superman:UE : 633
Feel free to IM me @ CoastermanMike

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