SFGAm Giant Drop

Sunday, July 29, 2001 10:09 AM
I was at the park Tuesday and the ride was closed.
I stopped by the park on Friday (did not ride anything because of very long lines) and the ride wa closed once again. Has anybody been to the park since Friday? Does anyone know what the deal is?
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 12:11 PM
I believe it is open now.
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 12:24 PM
My last day at SFGAm (July 16), Giant Drop was closed. When I went on it on July 15, after I rode it, I was in line for Raging Bull at night and the ride closed right after I got in line for the Bull after riding Giant Drop. I know the sentence is long, sorry.

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1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Incredible Hulk, The
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 1:05 PM
Someone I chat with said the counterweight broke off and crashed. Nobody was hurt, just the ride. Oh yeah, he is a ride-op of it too. Thats how he knows it. He was there when it happend.

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Sunday, July 29, 2001 2:41 PM
What is a counterweight?
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 2:49 PM
The counterweight would be what pulls the the cars up, without it, the cars will not go up.
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 5:36 PM
Yup. Giant Drops work just like elevators. Counterweights are just that, a weight to counter the weight of the car. In Giant Drop's case, the car is a catch wagon. Because both sides of the cable are close evenly weighted, the motor has very little work to do, just move the cable, rather than lift or drop a car. If you have ever ridden a glass elevator that uses cables instead of hydraulics, you can see the counterweight go past you halfway up the shaft.

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CCI: Wooden gifts from the gods.
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 6:35 PM
Geesh, when did the counterweight break off? Did it fall from the top of the structure? Did it fall as the cars were dropping, or when the cars were loading? Someone could've been seriously hurt!
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 7:10 PM
Arent the counterweights inside the tower? It was running yesterday, but the side facing Raging bull was not, the lift was at the top and the seats at the bottom.

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PKD,PKI 3x
CP
SFKK 2X, SFOG, SFStL,SFWOA
HOLIDAY WORLD 2X
INDIANA BEACH
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 7:59 PM
kneemeister, yes, the counterweights are inside the tower.

Bull far, I'm not sure when the thing broke off, but it happend before Tuesday, because I didn't see it run at all then. Also, The way the guy I chat with (who is a ride-op) made it sound like it was near the halfway point, I wouldn't know for sure, but he said it made a HUGE bang. When it broke, I was told it was broke on a dry-run, right after they had problems getting the catch wagons down.
It happend before the cars reached the top, so I doubt the cars fell. I'm sure like an elevator, there is a saftey measure that will keep the catchwagons from falling too fast (just as if a cable elevator has the cables break, they will not go into a freefall.)

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Intamin: Steel gifts from the gods.
CCI: Wooden gifts from the gods. *** This post was edited by TrBiggar on 7/29/2001. ***
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Monday, July 30, 2001 9:00 AM
What difference does it make if the cars fall? I actually bet that the cars probably fell since there was no weight to counter it. SFGAM want the ride to fall since the magnets are going to stop the ride once it falls, so it would be like a normal ride you just would not get all the speed, since you are at a lower height.

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