Tuesday, May 30, 2000 10:24 AM
I don't know if anyone else noticed, but this weekend SOB was trimming really hard right before the loop, which made the upsides on the 2nd helix really slow. When I rode it a month ago the second helix was flying. Anyone know why they're doing that?
By the way, the rough spot is like glass now. Really smooth. I braced for a rib-breaker, and instead we just sailed around the turn. They did a great job on that repair.
Tuesday, May 30, 2000 6:05 PM
I find your statement pretty hard to believe about the trim brakes leading to the loop.The SOB was designed to go a certain speed leading into the loop,no faster or slower than that set speed.
Tuesday, May 30, 2000 6:51 PM
Alright, DirtyVern, you're right, I was lying. It wasn't really slower.
Why would I make that up? I know how fast it was the first time, and I know how much slower it was the second time. I don't know the reasoning behind it but it was slower and the braking before the loop was definitely more severe. Anyone else out there who's ridden it on both sides of the past month?
Wednesday, May 31, 2000 5:51 AM
Since those are block brakes there, the train should be able to complete the loop and the rest of the course from a dead stop up there. Sure, it would be slow, but it's those blocks that allow for multi-train operation. The ultimate ideal timing, I would think, is to see a train coming out of the loop while another is about to make the first drop, while the third is loading in the station. That ride has lots of blocks and a huge interval.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2000 9:14 AM
The thing is, they were still only running one train. I saw a guy working on the other trains who must have been paid by the hour, because he cleaned his flashlight off for about 5 minutes. Twice.