S:ROS Reliability

Sunday, September 15, 2002 6:54 PM

For some reason I have bad luck with Intamin coasters. Ever time (usualy 2-3 times per season) i go to SFDL S:ROS has been open luckily. Also I've been lucky with MF. But I went to SFNE for the specific purpose to ride SROS and its closed for obvious reasons. Also, I go to Cedar Point and want to ride WT (not the only reason but..) it was closed.

I haven't been since May and I was just wonder is it usually operating? Are there breakdowns alot? I'm just worried not for my sake but my 5 year old brotherbecause he has just reached the 48 inch height (i measured him) and really wants to ride S:ROS along with Predator, Boomerang, and Viper (we've snuck him on Viper b4).

I know this is a stupid thread but are the Intamin hypers usually up for you usual park goers?

Thanks!

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Monday, September 16, 2002 5:10 AM

SROS at SFA has been open every time that I have ever gone since the mods after the crash at SFNE. It had some down time for the mods and earlier for the chain breaks, but since them has been dead reliable.

The only Intamin coaster that I think of as not being very reliable is Volcano at PKD.

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Monday, September 16, 2002 7:49 AM

Ride of Steel said:

But I went to SFNE for the specific purpose to ride SROS and its closed for obvious reasons.


Obvious reasons = because it's an Intamin?

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Monday, September 16, 2002 9:31 AM
When I went to SFDL,SFA,SFWOA and CP all of the Intamins were running. However SROS at SFDL was closed the day before because it was still on the rides down sign.
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Monday, September 16, 2002 10:21 AM

Obvious reasons = because it's an Intamin?


correct me if im wrong, but i think that SFNE S:ROS had a brake failure about a year or so ago. it could have been one of the other S:ROS though, im not sure

*** This post was edited by laurence on 9/16/2002. ***

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Monday, September 16, 2002 10:56 AM
Intamin doesnt break down on me alot. one of two days in june, wicked twister was closed(its its first season though). other than WT, the only one that i ever have somewhat of a problem with is volcano @ PKD. Thats usually a capacity issue though.
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Monday, September 16, 2002 11:06 AM

Xcelerator has experienced a LOT of downtime since opening. It shut down at least three times on each visit I've made to the park since June. Each time its been down for at least 45 min, and once it closed at 7pm and never reopened that day. I got a message from 'Gator, who was at the park Saturday, and he said Xcelerator was down a bit that day as well.

Hope they get these issues worked out before another one is built.

Moosh - who is predicting a separate load and unload station on the next model, a-la Millie.

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Monday, September 16, 2002 11:10 AM

laurence: Yes, SROS @SFNE had a brake failure. This shut down all of the SROS's for a while to make improvements.

coasterdude04: Volcano has capacity issues primarily because it is so popular. It also has reliability issues. Every day it seems to either open late or be down for a couple hours during the day. This of course makes the capacity issues worse.

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Monday, September 16, 2002 12:50 PM

You know what's weird? I have had problems with every Intamin in the country I've ridden, I think. Let's see...

S:TE SFMM - Closed all day both days I was there in '98.

Volcano - Closed after noon one day in '99, closed all day in July '02.

SRoS SFDL - Closed 'til 5pm in '99

SRoS SFNE - Closed two hrs early, *many* 20 min breakdowns in '00...started day off with two trains and went down to one after each train stopped on the lift in the morning of my visit in July '02

SUE - pretty reliable, but closed all day once in '00.

V2 SFGAm - Hahah where to start. Overtemps all the time, and closed for last month of season '01.

Millennium Force - this one is *usually* pretty reliable but I have waited in line many times where it has closed with me not getting a ride. Mostly in '00, though. My only visit so far this year during Coastermania, it was up all day.

Wicked Twister - ran flawless during Media Day, but down all day for my Coastermania visit.

SRoS SFA - besides running one train on all my visits (it warranted two, I can't blame Intamin or SF as I don't know the reason they were running one train), it has actually been reliable. I can't remember any significant downtime.

But the weird thing is, the four big Intamins I rode in Europe this year (Colossus, Colossos, Goliath, and Expedition GeForce) *all* ran flawlessly. In fact, the only downtime I can recall, was a five minute delay for ERT on Colossus at Thrope. Other than that, each Intamin over there ran 100% flawlessly. So who knows.

I'll be riding MF, WT, and SFNE SRoS this weekend, wish me luck! ;)

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Monday, September 16, 2002 12:58 PM
colossus is slightly tempramental even for a 6 month old coaster. there is one or two 10 minute downtimes each day, mainly due to the chain stopping. there is also small things like oil covering all the lift hill supports and people below, new trains modifications and a couple of restraint problems over just its first 6 months. i hate to see what its gonna be like in about 5 years time. not that it will matter, the park will have a B&M by then!
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Monday, September 16, 2002 1:14 PM

I've seen S:ROS at SFDL get stuck on the lift hil once and then another time I went it got stuck before I got the area near the ride. It was shut down for the day on both occasions. This ride should be running much better than it is.

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Monday, September 16, 2002 4:36 PM

They are and they aren't. The Supermen have all been very good besides the brake failure and chain brakes (not really Intamin's fault - someone said they don't make the chain). S:UE has been reliable, and Volcano, while not great, has been much better than say 98 or 99. Millenium Force has been very reliable. Vertical Velocities have been down alot as has Wicked Twister. However, like Volcano and other coasters, they will become more reliable in the coming years. It seems like the launchers just need time to be tweaked.

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Monday, September 16, 2002 7:37 PM

Legendary said:

You know what's weird? I have had problems with every Intamin in the country I've ridden, I think. Let's see...

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Not to mention the problems we had on Acrophobia not too long ago...you must be bad luck. I've had no other problems with any other Intamins (not that I've had that much exposure, though).

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002 6:56 AM

"Don't get me started, don't EVEN get me started..." ;) on Intamin Giant Drops. After operating Giant Drop at SFGAm for a few years, you realize those might just be the worst reliable rides of all time. Opening year was HELL for that ride.

I never even got on Drop Zone PKI until like late 2000 because it was always closed when I was there. Not to mention it closed midday when I was there this year too. :(

Damn Intamins. Damn amazingly awesome Intamins.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002 8:05 AM

The Intamin drop rides seem to be much less reliable than their coasters. And then there is Typhoon Sea Coaster at SFA a unique ride that is a lot of fun when it works which isn't very often. A real pain for the SFA maintenance department to have to deal with.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002 2:21 PM

I visit PKD often and Volcano has been down only on one of my visits between last year and this year. I think the ride is reliable. It doesn't break down like it did opening year and the year after. The only downfall I can think of is the fact that it always has a long line!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002 6:00 PM
DZ at PKI is normally pretty reliable give the exception of it being closed almost the complete whole season it opened due to the accident at PGA.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002 6:07 PM
When I went to SFNE this summer S:RoS was open till 11...it broke down and we waited an extra hour and decided to leave the line....the ride didnt reopen till' 6pm...but wow i had my best ride on it...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2002 12:23 PM

Ride of Steel said:

I'm just worried not for my sake but my 5 year old brotherbecause he has just reached the 48 inch height (i measured him) and really wants to ride S:ROS along with Predator, Boomerang, and Viper (we've snuck him on Viper b4).



FYI- S:RoS and B:DK's height restrictions are 54". Sorry, your brother won't be able to get on either. He will, however, be able to ride Flashback ;)

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Wednesday, September 18, 2002 2:20 PM
That's odd,for some reason S:ROS @ SFA has reduced the height restriction from a minmum height of 54 inches to 52 inches this year.
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