SOB questions?

Tuesday, May 15, 2001 11:09 AM
How steep is the lift hill? It seems like it is almost as steep as MF's hill.

Why does the chain make so much noise at the top of the hill?

And finally, Does anybody else think that the trains pick up a lot more speed quickly and keep the speed more than other trains.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 11:41 AM
36 degrees
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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 12:10 PM
I'm not sure on 1&3, but a friend of mine works in the finance dept this year, King Cobra last year. According to him (take with a grain of salt) the chain is loud because they wanted it to get really loud when it reached the top. I guess supposed to be the "roar".

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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 1:36 PM
The lift used to be much louder. To make them softer, they polished the chain gears in a different manner.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 8:46 AM
The reason the chain is so loud is because the steepness of the lift hill. The anti-rollback device on the train is having to work much harder than a normal woody train would. Also the track gauge is alot larger than the normal so the cars are bigger.

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CP in 2002, get to the point *** This post was edited by SmArtAce on 5/16/2001. ***
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Wednesday, May 16, 2001 11:49 AM
The anti-rollback device doesn't do any work. It just sits there, flopping along over every tooth. Steepness is a non-issue. Size of the cars is a non-issue.

The noise is because the last cars drag their anti-rollbacks and chain dogs off of the chain very quickly when gravity takes over as the train crests the lift. There is no mystery beyond that. The size of the dogs might be large, though I don't see any reason why they should be. Personally, it sounds like any old Arrow to me.

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Jeff
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