Steel Venom grounded?

Tuesday, April 20, 2004 10:44 AM
I have heard through some reliable sources that Steel Venom will probably not open with the park in May. The mechanics cannot touch the ride until Intamin does some work on the ride to reduce the cost of maintenance. If this is the new retro fix, which I have seen some supports in the parking lot about two weeks ago, the guy I talk to said this "retro fix" is not working. He also made it sound like all the Impulses are down until they figure out what to do. Anybody else heard anything on this? Has V2 in SFGAM or SFMW operated this year?
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 10:57 AM
I know I saw pics somewhere of new supports in SFGAm lot. But I can not remember the site.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 10:58 AM
V2 at SFGAm technically has "not" operated (except if by way of private outings or testing)since the park is not yet open to the public.

BTW, which Steel Venom are you speaking of? The one at Geauga Lake or the one at Valleyfair!???

Tuesday, April 20, 2004 11:01 AM
Just a guess, but since his name is "valleyfairguy" that he probably means the one at VF.

I guess your toy in your "backyard" isn't as cool this year CPlaya! :)


Tuesday, April 20, 2004 2:36 PM
I guess all those guests in line for impulses that were complaining that the towers swayed too much were right after all. ;) I was just at VF and did not notice any new supports, but I was distracted by the Mercedes test drives. Now I have to go back.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 4:33 PM
SFMW's V2 just barely opened this past weekend, and has been running sporadically. It'll be up for a few hours, then go down for the rest of the day.

Not sure if the problems are related, but it seems like SFMW has had some serious reliability issues with V2 ever since the redo, and the holding brake hardly ever works. And when it does, it just barely slides across the brake for a fraction of a second, not even coming close to a dead stop like when it first opened.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004 6:57 PM
Jomo, they do not use the holding brake, the holding brake isn't broken. V2 just opened up about a week ago, the rehab lasted longer than expected and then when it did open, it had a LIM break.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 7:48 PM
That's a bummer, why don't they use the holding brake? The verticle hold was the best feature of the redone ride IMO, why on earth would they purposely choose not to utilize this feature? Short selling the ride if you ask me, even if you already know about it, it's still very unsettling (in a good way!) being tossed into those harnesses on that verticle spike.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 7:56 PM
I hope they remove it. It's ugly, castrated, and a maintenance nightmare. Plus the Boomerang gets more ridership.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 7:58 PM
I saw the new supports on V2 at SFGAm a couple weeks ago, so that construction is complete. Whether or not it was effective...
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 11:30 PM
Jomo, I think it has a lot to do with the electricity usage... the less power they use, the less the ride cost to run. I agree that the holding brake is something else! :)
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 12:06 AM
Antuan: I don't know what park you've been too, but whenever I've been and V2 is running it's one of the most popular rides in the park (or maybe it's long line is because of it's low capacity?).
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 11:56 PM
I am a ride op at VF and this weekend is training and I am going to see if Steel Venom is going to operate at the beginning of the season. I will let everyon know what I find out.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 12:07 AM
Can someone please clear up WHICH Steel Venom? I am a ride-op for the one at Geauga Lake, but I am not sure what I can and can not post about how ready the ride is, as the park is not yet open, and I do not want to discose what could be construed as privaleged information.

-Sam *** Edited 4/28/2004 4:08:07 AM UTC by Avalanche Sam***

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 12:17 AM
Remeber: those who know don't tell, those who tell don't know. Now that you know, don't tell.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 12:34 AM
Do me eyes read unto thee?

Can 2 CF parks cause mass confusion with equal names and coaster types?

Move over Six Flags. You have competition with cloned rides and names. :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 12:50 AM
Yeah, clear this up soon because I don't want to discose either. What the hell is a discose.

Idea #1 A type of poodle
Idea #2 The opposite of Cosing.
Idea #3 Esocsid spelled backwards

Wait a minute what's a esocsid, scratch idea #3.

Also while I'm OT, doesn't the topic make you feel like saying "Bad Steel Venom, you go to your room and you are not allowed to go out for two weeks" ? No? Hmmm....well this awkward. Um....yeah.


Wednesday, April 28, 2004 11:07 AM
Many rides at GL including SV will have surprises this season. Nobody be to depressed. I'll see everybody bright and early May 1st at 8am for the ribbon cutting!

Sam, since this post was started by Vallyfairguy, Im using my super power of observation to assume hes not talking about Steel Venom at GL.

*** Edited 4/28/2004 3:08:29 PM UTC by XFlight*** *** Edited 4/28/2004 3:10:05 PM UTC by XFlight***

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 11:15 AM
XFlight, is that just for employee's or what? The parks web site says they open at 10 am.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 11:23 AM
Well maybe media, but weve been told theres a huge ribbon cutting thingy at 8am. Rides dont open till 10am so its probably not worth going to.

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