Friday, August 9, 2002 5:20 PM
Why do most rides at SFMM slow to a crawl over the top of the hill?
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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:24 PM
I've noticed that same thing about some of the coasters at SFOG as well...

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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:37 PM
Say again SFgadvMAN. This time in English
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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:43 PM
John Miller once said slow lifts help build up anticipation. :)

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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:46 PM
You wanna see crawl, go watch Lazer at Dorney.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:21 PM
I noticed this as well, like on Revolution, the chain suddenly stops, but then reboots and sends us down.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 7:08 PM

Lift fast kicks off when the train passes a photocell or proximity limit at the top of the lift. This is done to reduce initial speed (which will slow coasters down a few seconds throughout the course). The primary reason I've heard behind this from mechanics is that over time it reduced wear on both the train and the tracks.

When run in maintenance mode, the trains (at SFOG anyway) run full speed over the lift--lift fast never cuts out.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 8:25 PM

The reason The Great American Scream Machine slows down is due to the fact that because of the high speed it still had when entering the brakes, they would lock up and the train would get stuck in the brakes.

Slowing it down to a stop at the top of the lift helps reduce the speed down to a point to where the brakes can stop it safely.

As for the mindbender, for as long as I can remember, that thing has gone slow over the top. And Ninja, well, that thing crawls up the entire lift.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 9:25 PM
I was gunna start a topic on this too after I went to Magic Mountain. When I saw Goliath doing it, I thought, oh thats kool. But then each ride I went on pretty much did it.
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Friday, August 9, 2002 10:19 PM

The only Magic Mountain rides that do this are Goliath, Ninja, and Colossus.

That isn't that many considering there are 15 of them.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 10:21 PM
well, Viper, Revolution, and Psyclone do it too...

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Friday, August 9, 2002 10:22 PM

MagnumForce said:
You wanna see crawl, go watch Lazer at Dorney.


I tried to watch Lazer, but feel asleep....twice. That wins the slowest lift award, hands down....

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 8:00 AM
Your right Magnum Force that thing inches up the lift. The ride time has to be pretty long.

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 1:30 PM

The only Magic Mountain rides that do this are Goliath, Ninja, and Colossus

Are you sure, when I went to the park 2 months ago, I only noticed Colossus was doing this, Goliath and Ninja were fine and were sending Trains straight off the lift with no slowdown at the top


well, Viper, Revolution, and Psyclone do it too...

Viper was'nt doing it to me, it sent trains straight off the lift too, However Revolution and Phyclone were doing it. so on the day I went anyway, Only 3 coasters were doing this so are you sure you're getting your facts right???

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 2:24 PM

PaulD said:
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The only Magic Mountain rides that do this are Goliath, Ninja, and Colossus

Are you sure, when I went to the park 2 months ago, I only noticed Colossus was doing this, Goliath and Ninja were fine and were sending Trains straight off the lift with no slowdown at the top


well, Viper, Revolution, and Psyclone do it too...

Viper was'nt doing it to me, it sent trains straight off the lift too, However Revolution and Phyclone were doing it. so on the day I went anyway, Only 3 coasters were doing this so are you sure you're getting your facts right???"


his facts are fine, i was just there a month ago, goliath was the worst, so scary up there :)

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Saturday, August 10, 2002 3:43 PM

duelingdragonsrok11 said:

The reason The Great American Scream Machine slows down is due to the fact that because of the high speed it still had when entering the brakes, they would lock up and the train would get stuck in the brakes.

Slowing it down to a stop at the top of the lift helps reduce the speed down to a point to where the brakes can stop it safely.

As for the mindbender, for as long as I can remember, that thing has gone slow over the top. And Ninja, well, that thing crawls up the entire lift.



All the coasters at SFOG will run over the lift without slowing down in maintenance mode. GASM used to crest the lift at normal (lift fast) speed until early this season when the electricians and mechanics programmed it to slow down at the top because of overspeeds after rainfall. The train will not lock up in the main brakes, but a ride error may occur, which will probably shut the ride down. The only time the train will actually get "stuck" in the brakes is if it rains, there is excessive oil on the track, the month has 31 days in it, the moon is waxing... what I'm getting at is that a lot has to go wrong before hanging in the main brake will occur.

Ninja is just slow, that's really all there is to it.

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