Thursday, February 14, 2002 2:16 PM
I dont know if this has already been a topic or not but i was wondering how you would get ppl off a Vekoma SLC. When i rode Serial Thriller at SFWoA i never noticed any steps or anything so i was just wondering how they go about taking ppl off such a ride.
Thursday, February 14, 2002 3:03 PM
Well at least you didn't ask if there are anti-rollbacks, thats been discussed to death. I believe an elevator type cart comes up under the track, where it can be driven up and down parallel to the track. I've never seen one in action tho.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 3:07 PM
They should make steps, so that people won't have to endure Serial Thriller's incredibly rough and headbanging ride. (someone's ear actually started bleeding in the train before me)
Thursday, February 14, 2002 3:07 PM
I think they have a Cherry-picker nearby... or something like that...
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Friday, February 15, 2002 5:30 AM
I remember seeing T2 break down on a movie once and they used a cherry picker to get them off.
Friday, February 15, 2002 5:56 AM
What movie was it?
Friday, February 15, 2002 9:11 AM
Depends on the ride. Serial Thriller up on the shore of Geauga Lake has a stairway all the way up the lift, and a full-width platform attached to the one side that can be pulled to the top with a wire-rope winch. The stairway has a railing on both sides all the way up, but also has lots and lots of gates so that wherever the train is, the platform can be pulled up and riders released to step off the platform, through the nearest gate, and down the stairs. Oh, and the winch that pulls the platform can be operated with a backup power supply. But then, so can the lift itself, so a power failure with a train on the lift would not necessarily require a lift evac.
There are some SLCs out there that don't have the evac platform; on those, the lift is accessible from below...the park drives a 125-foot scissor lift in beneath the train, comes up underneath, and takes the people off. Unless, of course, the fire department shows up and takes over, in which case the park stands around for a couple of hours while the FD evaluates the situation, then drives the park's 125' scissor lift in beneath the train, comes up underneath, and takes the people off. (hey, it happened in Louisville...)
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 10:24 AM
You describe exactly why it is important for industry and other businesses to preplan with fire departments. A little bit of preplanning and getting to know each other before there is an emergency can go a long way in this type of situation. Look up the "South Baltimore Industrial Mutual Aid Plan" aka SBIMAP some time.
Saturday, February 16, 2002 5:39 PM
I remember seeing on a Tv special about rollercoaster safty a SLC got stuck on the lift and since the stairs are on the side of the coaster it was harder to unload becuase the people had to be harnest and then pulled over to the the stairs.Qestion on a B&m inverted coasters if the riders need to walk down can they step on the mesh in the middel to get to the steps?
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 8:28 PM
On B&M inverted coasters there is a little cart which rides up a rail on that mesh. I'd guess from there the passengers would get in the cart, and step over to the stairs. I can't tell you for certain, but I think thats how it works. I almost got to do that once 5 or 6 years ago, but they got Batman running again and we got to go on the course (which I think is better, even if you normally don't get to walk down any coaster.)
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