Scream Machine's trim brakes at SFGAdv

Thursday, August 23, 2001 9:41 AM
Hi all - made my first trip to Great Adventure yesterday (Nitro is amazing by the way) and wanted to see if anyone else had noticed that the trim brakes before the corkscrew on Scream Machine seemed unusually strong.  I jokingly yelled "We're not going to make it through the loop!" to scare the person I was sitting with (had never ridden before) and then I honestly almost thought we weren't because we were really hanging on the top of the loop.  Then everyone in my party (non-enthusiasts) thought the end of the ride was much slower and we just kind of coasted back into the station.  Anyone else noice this?
Thursday, August 23, 2001 10:39 AM
Do you mean that  "2nd Station" becasue if you do then I have, and when you hit them you end up jerking forward really hard, I found it fun...most people say they hurt.

*** This post was edited by Eddie D on 8/23/2001. ***

Thursday, August 23, 2001 10:46 AM
Do you mean the boomerang? Because they stop you almost completely and you slowly go over the boomerang. I think its fun!
Thursday, August 23, 2001 10:54 AM
Trim brakes are applied generously to all portions of the Great American Pain Machine so the headbanging lasts even longer than Arrow originally intended!

Seriously, I can't imagine the train careening through the ride's various inversions at a speed much greater than it already does.  As it is right now, the ride is unbelievably painful, those trim brakes are probably the only things that make the coaster bearable for most riders.

Thursday, August 23, 2001 12:40 PM
Perhaps my terminology was wrong...I was referring to the "2nd station" brakes that stop you almost completely. I agree that the ride is incredibly painful, and I think its gotten to the point that I'm ready to stop riding it. But I've been going to Great Adventure for years, and I just don't remember it slowing down AS much as it did yesterday. Reminds me of going upside down in Viper (at Great Adventure), and having the sensation that I was going to fall out because it was going so slow... I think on future visits to the park, I'll be content to just ride Medusa and Nitro all day :-)
Thursday, August 23, 2001 1:00 PM
Was the trim brakes after the first loop there last year?
Thursday, August 23, 2001 1:41 PM
Those trims have been there since it opened, although not gripping as hard as they do now.  The  toughest part of that ride is the quick left hand turn out of the third loop into the trim brakes.  If you're not braced for it, you will get bashed pretty bad.  IMO it's still better than Vortex at PKI.  That thing shakes all over the place.

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