It makes sense now, all those old shuttles have a cable and pulley on the spike. Anyone ever see this take place or have pictures?
I assume there's some kind of clamp on an axle that comes down, maybe mechanically releases the train at the top?
FYI, you can see the pully just to the right of the nose of the car in this photo from Knott's Montezooma. You can also see the cable going vertically to the ground.
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Launched roller coasters are designed in a way which allows an easy evacuation of the trains if for any reason the initial launch or "in-circuit" reacceleration fails.
I thought on Chiller they had a pretty tough time getting it out of the valley if the spike LIM's didn't fire. Hence the modifications...
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