Friday, July 5, 2002 6:35 PM
What is the deal with Superman????? At the beginning of June people were saying it was going to be running 2 trains really soon. Now it's the beginning of July and there is still one train! I hope SFNE get's there act together and starts testing the new train soon, or they're gonna have some unhappy guests. Anyone have any info on the situation?
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Friday, July 5, 2002 6:39 PM
My friends were there today. Still no decal on the red train. Water dummies have been removed. It's sitting on the transfer. I don't know what this means, but that's the actual situation.

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A rollercoaster? What's that?

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Friday, July 5, 2002 6:41 PM
whatever happens, dont let this stop you from taking a ride on it. Its well worth the wait.
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Friday, July 5, 2002 6:54 PM
ApolloAndy, I visited on the fourth, and I'm happy to report that the red train now has the superman logo, and all water dummies are gone. Also, the mechanics we're adjusting the brake fins... I got a chance to speak to one of the mechanics, Mike and he thinks the red train should be up this weekend, or at latest next week... Also, the new fastpass system will be up by next weekend, and it costs $20 for one person, and $30 for two, and so on... Kinda expensive, but on busy summer days for travelers it'll be worth it... So besides superman, everything is going good at SFNE! -Chris (The poster formally known as Panicmaniac182, a long time ago!)
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Friday, July 5, 2002 6:58 PM
That news is awsome Xtrememaniac! I'm going to SFNE on the 9th. I REALLY hope it's open by then. Isn't there an amount of time that has to pass before a new train can carry people though. Or if not that, a certain number of laps the train has to take before carrying guests?
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Friday, July 5, 2002 7:04 PM

Guess how many different weekends I've heard "next weekend" from a mech. or ride op?

5. That's right. On 5 seperate weekends, I've heard "next weekend, we hope" from staff.

Rentzy387: I've heard 1000 laps before it can be opened for the public. I've heard that it's been testing during the night though, and the new decal (cool) is definitely a good sign.

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A rollercoaster? What's that?

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Friday, July 5, 2002 7:17 PM
Thanks for the input I really appreciate it. When I get back from 6 flags on the 9th I will post a trip report and fill everyone in on the status of Superman.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 6:32 AM
oh the red train is running. It ran on July 3rd and they've been testing it before the park opens and after it closes at night and that's all I will tell you.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:42 AM
I know the red train is running before and after the park is open but 1000 laps is a lot. I would expect it to take weeks to send the train around 1000 laps. I just don't understand why SFNE isn't running the red train during park operating hours. People in line for Superman have to wait for the blue train to return to the station anyway. Why don't they just have the red tarin running during the day?
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:08 AM

Well, that would decrease capacity. S:RoS is only 3 blocks (final brake, station, lift), so they would have to wait for the blue train to get back to the final brake before dispatching the empty red train. Granted this would only slow dispatch times by 10 secs. or so, but it's still something. Also, do you think that guests will understand why there an entire train running empty the entire day? The ops could explain it over and over and over, and the guests would still be pissed off that they couldn't board the red train. Additionally, I don't know if they can have a full train and a test train at the same time. I don't know how these things work, but it might not be allowed.

I'm pretty sure, based on the application of the decal, that they're already well into the 1000 laps. I heard that figure late May, so...

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 12:37 PM
I am going on a trip this Tuesday to SFNE and i hope that the train is running. It's an awesome ride and I'll be very dissapointed. But it'd be worth the wait.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 6:32 PM

ApolloAndy said:

Well, that would decrease capacity. S:RoS is only 3 blocks (final brake, station, lift), so they would have to wait for the blue train to get back to the final brake before dispatching the empty red train. Granted this would only slow dispatch times by 10 secs. or so, but it's still something.



I definitely agree with you that it would get annoying explaining everything to guests over and over. However, I fail to see your thinking here with the blocking. They should be able to dispatch the train as soon as the previous train reaches a certain point on the course such that by the time the first one reaches the top of the lift, the other one has made it all the way into the station.

The idea that with a two train operation, you have to wait for one to stack behind the other is kind of crazy. Magnum's two train dispatch point is when the previous train hits the "Soak City Curve" which is basically right as it straightens out for the return bunny hops. In a two train operation, the ready breaks outside the station, just slow the train down and do not stop it.

This also brings me to another pet pieve about the control system on S:ROS. Even with one train, that thing comes to a complete stop on the brake run outside the station! I was thinking that it was because they use kicker wheels to bring it in. But so do Raptor and Millennium Force and if their crews are moving fast enough, their trains never stop until they are all the way into the station. If there is nothing on the block in front of the brakes, it should slow the train down and not bring it to a dead stop. Unfortunately, I bet this is one of the limitations of the Intamin magnetic brakes.

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-Matt
2001 Magnum Crew

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 6:33 PM

ITS RUNNING!!!!!!!

i was there today, theres still no decal (whats that kid talking about) but it ran all day long...WITH PEOPLE!!!

the line was only 30 or so minutes for the front seat and about 10-15 minutes everywhere else...if i was only with some enthusiasts or alone i would have power-rode it al day and night. I got there around 3-3:30 and took 3 rides in a row in the front, last, and second to last...all in about 1 hr 45 minutes (broke down once for about 10 mins)

the park was PACKED!!! but sros was one of the shortest lines i ever saw...really good crew runing, but front left was stapeling hard core style.

mike

-had a good (but too short) day a SFNE

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:03 PM
FINALLY!

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SFNE's Superman's the best!

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:44 PM
I've been to SFNE 3 times so far this season. S: RoS has been 45-60 minutes everytime and I only got to ride it twice each time. I am extremely happy to hear that two trains are now running and that it is only about 15 minutes to ride. I've only ridden this thing in the back because of the crazy airtime but if the front is only 30 minutes then I am definitely trying out the front.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:54 PM

yeah, the backs the best but you still have to experience the front at least once. we were there with a first timer so he had to have his first ride in the front...its like tradition.

mike

-makes everyone take their first ride in the front, and second in the back...first so they can truely appreciate the first drop, then so they can experience it...buagahahahah

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-mike

"Ain't no glory in a war"
-Rx Bandits

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 11:41 AM

Thank you God!!! S:ROS is back after a year of only one train! This is incredible! Now the only thing I have to worry about is the weather. We're supposed to get thunderstorms on Tuesday. Uh oh.... :-)

Thanks a lot for the news Messiah of the DMV!

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