In my many visits to Hershey Park I have always ridden the Sooper Dooper Looper at least once per visit just because. I have always noticed two trains running, but recently noticed them numbered 1 and 3. Did they use to have 3 trains, and if so where is train #2?
Ill be going to Hershey in two days so Ill check this out myself but I seem to recall no midcourse break in SDL, and without that then the ride cannot safely run 3 trains (as we have all learned on RCT ;).) Maybe the trains are labeled 1&3 because train two was worn beyond repair and had to be replaced by a new train at somepoint a while ago (that ride will celebrate its 30th aniversary next year?)
ahhh... but if you notice some of the old Anton/Intamin rides have brakes along that course that can stop a train. Revolution can stop a train in a few places, I think. It was built for 4 or 5 trains. I'm sure those 'brakes' are obselete now, but they're there. The rides in America are run with much less capacity...
Like Thriller was built with 5 or 6 trains... but didn't Astroworld/Marine run it with never more than 2, right? Pretty sure about this..
Yep. Those are called block brakes. In order to run multiple trains the track must be divided into sections, or blocks. IIRC there must be one section more than the number of trains capable of being run. Only one train is allowed in each block at any given time.
I am pretty sure I saw SDL run three trains many years ago. That was back when Hershey had just three coasters and SDL was arguably the most intense (and most popular) of the three. Believe it or not, SDL used to get huge lines. That has changed now that Hershey has 10 coasters, many of which are considerably more intense and popular.
For the past few years SDL has run two trains, although I'm sure there is a third in storage and wouldn't be surprised if the park rotates them as maintenance dictates.
I know in past years they had 3 trains but always had one on the storage track and always ran 2 trains.
Maybee this year they've kept one in storage or the other one isn't ready yet. I assume they use to keep the 3rd on the storage track incase they had a problem with one of the others so they could be switched out.
On the Anton's with the large number of trains, do they have block brakes at the end of the ride equal to the number of trains? Or do they just stop people in the middle of the ride if the loading procedure goes slowly.
(For instance, Nitro has the midcourse AND two final block brakes so it can stack all its trains at the end of the ride rather than stranding one out on the MCBR if the load takes a while.)
In my experience, Andy...Whizzer, SDL, Revolution, even Wildcats....the answer would seem to be that there are *loads* of blocks at the loading/unloading stations. I have also seen people stopped mid-ride, although not for loading slowness....I saw CP's Wildcat have a breakdown once that required a bunch of evacuating...
The only set of brakes on the course itself is right before you dip down into the helix at the end of the ride. You can feel them trimming you up so to speak. In fact, I've seen them stop a train completely before.