Tuesday, March 26, 2002 2:59 PM
Is stacking of a coaster more frequent at a certain chain like SF? Or are the employees more prompt and usually get the trains out as soon as possible? I'm just wondering because I have never been on a coaster with three trains operation.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 3:18 PM
If the crew is quick enough, depending on how the ride is layed out, the crew may be able to run 3 trains without having to stack, but then again theres the chance it could set-up elsewhere once you get to quick.
Tuesday, March 26, 2002 4:23 PM
I guess it all depends on the ride. For instance, SUf will be fine if there are two trains in the station and the other comes back to the brakes with noewhere to go. It'll just sit there until a side clears.
Tuesday, March 26, 2002 4:28 PM
Stacking wouldn't be a chain wide issue. Independent parks probably have stacked a few every now and then :)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 5:17 PM

Sorry for sounding stupid, but what is stacking?

Tuesday, March 26, 2002 5:23 PM
SFWoA stacks less than CP. Then again, it's tough to stack when you only run 1 train.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 6:01 PM
Stacking is when one train comes back and isn't unable to unload because the train in front of it hasn't been cleared to dispatch yet. This can be due to a) slow checkers b) customers who can't read signs c) overweight customers d) lack of personnel to check restraints e) mechanical problems
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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 7:03 PM
...And some rides (Magnum XL-200 comes to mind) are designed to stack a single train as part of normal operations. In which case, "stacking" as a negative term would refer to more than one train being delayed. For instance, if you're riding Magnum and you stop on the transfer table, that's normal. If you stop on the brake right outside the last tunnel, that's stacking. :)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 9:11 PM

And some rides don't allow stacking at all... the various Big Thunder Mountain coasters at Disney parks will have the computers shutdown the ride if there is any stacking! Space Mountain at DLP is also a nasty case when there's a late train in a station, its can cause a computer shutdown... but its depends if its occured often and if the Cast Member in the tower has the time to do all necessary stuff to get the trains rolling (that stopped in the end brakes, B lift and block brake) before the ride computer says its enough...

Monstre at La Ronde is like Big Thunder Mountain... if the second train on the track enters the brakes when the station is occupied by the other train... immediate ride shutdown.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002 7:03 AM

I've never seen Manhattan Express stack and they usually run 3 trains (4 when its busy), but it has load and unload stations.

When I worked at the Adventuredome, we got in trouble if Canyon Blaster stacked (Supervisors office was literally next to the break run).

SFMM is pretty good about getting trains out when they have enough staff. They do, however, like to run rides with only two people on days they run two trains which can mean lots of stacking. The only rides with that problem though are Riddler and Batman.

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