What coaster is this & where is it??
Schwarzkopf shuttle loops...The most possible fun in 36 seconds.
EDIT: I was also like 8 years old at the time. *** Edited 8/12/2006 6:31:07 PM UTC by RollrCoastrCrazy***
I always wondered how they kept people from doing that being as the rider controls the speed. I suppose even a huge lag between dispatches doesn't help if someone decides to crawl their way down (as I suspect the mother and small child did in this case).
*** Edited 8/12/2006 6:52:52 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
Having been on the one in CO I can shed a little insight on the operation. In CO the coaster sits on the side of the mountain with the station at the top. You ride down the mountain and catch the cable lift back to the top at the end of the ride.
On my first ride they gave me the normal spacing and I did catch up with the car in front of me about 2/3 of the way down the hill. Ever since then I've requested some additional space by telling the op that I plan to ride brakeless and they have always obliged. Since then I've yet to catch up to the car in front of me.
This accident appears to have occured at one of the areas on the course where you cannot control your speed. These areas are the lift, station and brake run preceding the lift.
When the car hits one of these sections of track the handles are forced into the brakes off position. The car is then moved along by a conveyor system.
This accident appears to have happened right where the front car has hit one of these areas and slowed considerably and the second car hits the first just before it would have been slowed. Talk about perfect, or NOT perfect, timing.
If a similar accident would have occurred somewhere else along the track it most likely wouldn't have been so bad since the first car could have absorbed some of the impact by being accelerated by the collision.
That accident appears to be about as bad as it could get on one of these, although it could have been worse had the second car had 300 lbs. worth of occupants as opposed to the two small girls.
*** Edited 8/13/2006 12:37:54 AM UTC by Incidentalist***
Nowadays the Wiegand slides are really popular. I think the longest is around 9000 ft long and even "themed" slides are now popping up:
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