Shipwreck Falls begins testing at Six Flags Darien Lake

Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2002 4:58 AM | Contributed by beastnum1

Two boats were tested Six Flags Darien Lake's new ride, Shipwreck Falls. One of the test boats held a passenger, a representative from Intamin. He exited the ride with a positive smile on his face. A full photo and video report, showing the test runs and the releasing of Superman from the valley between the last of the two hills, are now available at SFDL Ultimate Guide.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 10:04 AM
Nice pics. I gotta get myself one of those floating ladders.......tired of hanging from a rope when I need to do work above the moat!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 10:11 AM
I cant believe the superman vallied!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 1:06 PM
How did it valley?


Tuesday, May 21, 2002 1:51 PM
I am not sure how but it did it between the last two bunny hops. Anybody know the height of Shipwreck Falls?
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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 2:48 PM
It's about 50-60 FT tall. And let me tell you, that is one perilous plunge...;)
Tuesday, May 21, 2002 3:03 PM

Heres how it vallied. For the first time since last year the decided to test run the red train. The train had new wheel bearing, it was 40 degrees outside and it was a bit windy at times. All of these of course are not good mixtures to test a train for the first time in a few months. It then didn't have enough speed to make it over the final bunny hill and therefore vallied between the two hills.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 4:50 PM
Believe it or not, ROS has vallied atleast 2 other intances that I can think of. Good to see Shipwreck testing!
Tuesday, May 21, 2002 5:56 PM
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Now, here is a question to ponder...

Did the train valley as a result of the break on the 2nd last bunny hill, or do you think that break wasn't activated at all? In other words, if that break didn't exist, would it make it all the way to the end?

It's ashame that a hypercoaster train can actually valley. You'd think they'd have enough speed to make it through anything!

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 6:20 PM
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That ride is really sensitive. Brake or no brake, I've seen it crawl over the hills on test runs, fully loaded with water dummies, and fly at full speed by late morning. It's pretty crazy stuff.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 6:58 PM

Bad Joke Alert!

I bet the lawyers blamed the valleying on Superman's station music. ;)

(If you don't get it, you either have not heard about MF's early woes, or have a normal sense of humor)

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 7:04 PM
Thats it, it was too loud and the sound waves pushed the train back.
Wednesday, May 22, 2002 7:09 AM
accualy breaks for superman ride of steel are powerless including the trim break, there just magnetic. same as a LIM but reverse. the trim cant be backed off unless its removed entirely. it looked like its on a non adjustable welded frame.
Friday, May 24, 2002 4:30 AM
I seen a segment on the y guy show on chanel 4 in Buffalo today. The why guy rode shipreck falls and didn't even get wet. The one at CP might not have any theming, but it is a much better ride. The only other thing I can think of is that they didn't have the water filled to capasity, which would explain for the dry condition. John H

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