Son of Beast testing, reconstruction completed

Saturday, August 19, 2006 3:11 AM
It has been reported over on pkicentral.com that Son of Beast is back up and testing as of yesterday (8/18). Obviously the reconstruction in the Rose Bowl has been completed. How much testing will it take for them to open it again?

Pictures of test runs can be found on pkicentral's forums.
http://www.pkicentral.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8068

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Saturday, August 19, 2006 3:55 AM
Wow and here I thought that they might actually bring in a highly experienced engineering team to ensure the ride was built and designed properly so that something like this cant happen again. Likely it wont happen again regardless of that. It is still a lot sooner than I thought it would be.

EDIT - spelling *** Edited 8/19/2006 7:56:31 AM UTC by beast7369***

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Saturday, August 19, 2006 8:35 AM

I thought that they might actually bring in a highly experienced engineering team

And you know they didn't do that because...why exactly?

Also, who would you propose? Other than the canadians, I can't think of anyone better qualified to do this than the park's own maintenance staff.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006 9:12 AM
Are they taking bids on first rides?
could be a good ad campaign: The SOB is Back!
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 12:46 PM
I would suspect that the running of trains has something to do with the investigation and/or lawsuits.

I would not get your heart set on riding it quite so soon. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that these are likely very preliminary test runs.

I would also suspect that the coaster will likely undergo rigorous testing much like a brand new ride. It's likely that the state will require extensive hours of contunually running trains before it can take on non-water bottle riders.

Shaggy

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Saturday, August 19, 2006 12:53 PM
Those poor water-bottle riders. What a sad fate! ;)
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 8:16 PM
Stop it...
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 9:34 PM
Good news I suppose, I am glad to hear that the ride is recovering. More importantly, I hope those injured are all doing much better as well. I trust PKI will have their ducks in a row before its open again.
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 10:33 PM
Like they did at the beginning of this season?
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 10:49 PM
Who wants to place a bet on when it will be closed again?
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 11:04 PM
It's not open, So why bet on its closure?
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 11:40 PM
3 words. Tear it down!
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Sunday, August 20, 2006 12:05 AM

beast7369 said:
Wow and here I thought that they might actually bring in a highly experienced engineering team to ensure the ride was built and designed properly so that something like this cant happen again.
Who is to say that's not exactly what's going on now? I mean, how do you test a ride or study it without running it?
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Sunday, August 20, 2006 12:24 AM
I don't think it fair to insinuate that PKI was aware that the ride was "dangerous" or "too rough for riders". I don't know where the line is drawn for rider comfort and I know that many would argue that a ride that has the ability to cause some discomfort is unsafe. I also agree with those who say that a "ride" is different from sitting on the couch. Hell yeah they should not put you at risk of getting seriously injured, but a little room should be given while realizing what you are experiencing.

*** Edited 8/20/2006 4:25:17 AM UTC by Willh51***

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Sunday, August 20, 2006 2:26 PM
What I meant that it was very early in my opinion.
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Sunday, August 20, 2006 5:13 PM
I'd be thrilled to be able to ride it before the end of the season! No I'm not kidding... :)
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Sunday, August 20, 2006 5:18 PM

Willh51 said:
I don't think it fair to insinuate that PKI was aware that the ride was "dangerous" or "too rough for riders".
*** Edited 8/20/2006 4:25:17 AM UTC by Willh51***

Then there would have been no reason to have the amount of downtime that SoB has experianced to try and make it smoother. PKI was aware of how rough SoB is/ was and tried on numerous occaisions to correct it to no avail.

It will be intresting to see if the roughness of the ride had anything to do with the wood splintering.

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Monday, August 21, 2006 11:33 AM
^^ That makes 2 of us!
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