Station Clear!

Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:12 AM
What are your local parks handsignals?

When I worked at the Adventuredome we had index finger up for clear, and closed fist for hold. Arms crossed above head meant e-stop.

At MGM we have thumbs up for clear and closed fist for hold. With arms above head for estop and "shotgun" for crossing the train.

"ok everyone go ahead and pull down on your shoulder restraint so you feel nice and stuck!"

Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:19 AM
Pki Thumbs up for clear. I forget hold. honking motion for stop. big X made with hands e-stop. fingers togeather for hold gates. Talking motion with hands for open. and we waved to the driver when we crossed
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:22 AM
At SFWoA...

One thumb up in the air means clear. Or two fists together and two thumbs up means Front clear and back clear. turning your fists sideways, and sticking your thumbs out means pop restraint.  I think thats it.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:25 AM
On Timbers clear is a thumbs up from the crew in the station, while one hand with the index finger up means open restraint.

Once my friend was stuck, so I did the hand signal and the lapbar released...then the op realized that I wasn't a crew member and said "WHOA! How do you know my hand signals!?" It was the highpoint of my day ;).

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:26 AM
I have seen at SFNE that Thumbs up is clear. fist w/ thumbs together is restraints close and fist w/ thumbs outwards is restraints open.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 11:36 AM
You forgot one:
"Get behind the yellow line now!" or "Handrails are for your hands, not for you to sit on!" simply means:
"Please step behind the yellow line." or "Please get off the handrails."
lol!!  Is this a universal signal? Note:this isnt a "handsignal".
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 11:38 AM
Everyone at Cedar point puts thumbs up and yells "CLEAR!"
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 11:41 AM
ST Chick....that's great...I gotta try that sometime
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 11:47 AM
At Valleyfair we don't really screw around with hand signals.  If you need to stop the ride its thumb down, and if you need an E-Stop you yell at the guy by the E-Stop and then point out the problem.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 12:15 PM
tip: dont do any hand signals at SFWoA, one guy got thrown out of the park because he did that, and the dispatcher almost let the train go, when she realized it wasnt a ride op
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 12:20 PM
at Carowinds:

thumbs up for all clear, wave for open restraints, holding hand up to stop.  Thats all I know


Tuesday, February 26, 2002 12:29 PM
S:KoS...reminds me of some of my "favorite" announcements at parks.

"While waiting for Viper, please do not sit, stand or hang on the silver handrails"

a few seconds later, "Those of you in blue shirts, while waiting for Viper, please do not sit, stand or hang on the silver handrails."

another minute later, "Those of you in blue shirts and tan shorts and a red hair tie, while waiting for Viper, please do not sit, stand or hang on the silver handrails."

another minute later, "Those of you near the person  wearing a blue shirt and tan shorts and a red hair tie in the third row, tap her on the shoulder and tell her to not sit, stand or hang on the silver handrails.   Thank you."   Meanwhile the entire station is just busting out laughing...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 12:51 PM
At CP, some of the signals are slightly different on each ride, but I'm pretty sure that thumb up is pretty much the standard for clear.  There are even guidelines for the thumb up.  You are supposed to extend your arm straight out and it should be parallel to the ground.  If your hand is higher than horizontal, that is okay, if it is lower, you'll get yelled at for it and people are likely to slap you as they go by in the moving train.  On Magnum to stop the train, you cross your arms in an X and yell "stop" as loud as you can.  On Gemini, the arms in an X is used to signal that an op is crossing in front of the train.  Several other rides also use "hold" instead of "stop."  Crossing on Magnum usually occurs through the front car and the person crossing puts his/her hands up in the air to signal the control op.  He or she is supposed to put hands in the air too I believe.  Magnum is also fun because of the knocks.  One knock from the spiels person means lock the lapbars.  One knock from the control op when the train reaches the top of the lift is the READY knock.  Then two knocks from the control op when the train is cresting the second hill.  READY READY!  Then if all thumbs are up, the spiels person signals controls to dispatch the train by knocking back twice, saying clear, and giving a thumbs up to the control op.


Tuesday, February 26, 2002 12:58 PM
SteveWoA-  There are 9 different hand signals at SFWoA and front and back clear isn't one of them.  Just all clear.  Actually there's an extra one for one ride I know of.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 1:09 PM

SFWoA... unlock bars is fists together with thumbs pointed out.  Looks alot like this = -oo-   Lock bars is thumb tips together and fists pointed out.  Looks like this = o--o   I don't even work at Six Flags but the good kind people there just teach me this kinda stuff since we are good buds and everything.  I may work there in the fall.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 1:34 PM
At Disneyland Paris:

"clear to Dispatch" is an open hand over the vehicle or train. "Hold" or "Stop" is a closed fist.

E-Stop is folded arms over your chest.

Open restraints (by the automatic system) is a thumb up, thumb down to close them.

These are the only ones non-CM's can know, sorry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002 1:42 PM
When I recently went to SFMM, I noticed that the ride ops would just hold their hands out with the palm facing the sky to signal "all clear".  Picture what your hand looks like when you are blowing someone a kiss.  I remember that in the past it was a thumbs up, but this new signal just looks completely lame.  I guess safety first though...
Tuesday, February 26, 2002 1:46 PM
HersheyPark is the only park I've seen use the index finger and thumb circle "OK" sign to signal all clear....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 2:43 PM
Funny about the SFMM signals....  your hand in the air and palm open at SFOG means "request first aid."

Also at any SF park, to cross a train or trough, the person wishing to cross must stick their arm out and have their hand open across the train/trough.  It looks sort of like a handshake.  They must also yell "crossing!"  The operator will hold both of his hands up over his head and say "the train is holding, you may cross."

Lock and unlock are the same as a few other people have said.  Sometimes fingers are used to denote that an individual row needs to be opened.

E-Stop at SFOG is one hand in a fist (representing the estop button) and another open hand on top of it, above your hand.  Usually this is associated with a verbal commend, e.g. "E-STOP!!!!"

Open/close air gates is an open hand straight up rotated on its vertical axis, sort of like a pagaent wave.  ;)

To hold a unit, cross both arms over your chest, in an "X."

Tuesday, February 26, 2002 4:36 PM
2Hostyl, I also noticed that one at Knoebels a couple years back on the same trip as Hershey.




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