Starting up a coaster.

Thursday, July 11, 2002 8:18 PM
What happenes in the morning when theme parks are starting up their rides. Is it like a computer where it takes 5mins, then it's up and running. Or is it a complex array of electric switches and stuff. What procedejures take place?

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RESIDENT EVIL: BIOHAZARD! Scaring up some HELL only on the NINTENDO GAMECUBE!!!!!
Explains why i'm up at 4am in the morning. Too scaried to sleep!

*** This post was edited by nitro230ft on 7/12/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 8:22 PM

It's more or less like turning on a computer and all it's other devices (printer, scanner, etc.) just way more vast in scope. I got an early morning behind the scenes tour of Chiller once, now there's some serious electronics to turn on! Medusa and Rolling Thunder were more more simple looking to me underneath.

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- Peabody

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Friday, July 12, 2002 3:34 AM

It depends on the age and sophistication of the coaster. I will use WOF's coasters as an exammple since I have driven each. Timberwolf has a computer that "boots up". Maintenence also walks the track each morning to inspect bolts, track, etc. There are usually 3-4 test runs. They stop the train on the lift (and anyone who has ridden this when it stops on the lift has experienced the nasty jerk of it restarting...there is no shock tension on this lift) They watch the computer to see that the train sensors are functioning (there are proximity switches that count) and test the E-stop to ensure it works. They also set the brake on the first drop during this. Maintanence times the train as it goes around. Depending on how quick the ride is, they will tighten or loosen the brake appropriately. They also check thiis throughout the day.

I will add a non modern coaster example later.

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wof fan

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Friday, July 12, 2002 8:08 AM
I recall seeing somewhat the same thing on ultimate guide rollercoasters when they showed the testing procedure and how they did an E-stop in the middle of the test runs to check the safety systems,it was very interesting and quite informative.
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Friday, July 12, 2002 8:12 AM
I like manual rides. After the inspection, just fire up the chain and pull the lever.

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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Woodencoaster.com

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Friday, July 12, 2002 8:50 AM
Coasters without computers are really easy to start up. After they've been inspected, you just insert the key into the control box and turn it - and it's ready to go.

-Nate

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Friday, July 12, 2002 8:50 AM

I hate trim brakes did I mention that? Thats a think PKI doesn't have to worry about.

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Can we change the name of Top Gun to your mom so no one wants to ride your mom?

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